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“It’s all in the details” rings true of a project like Southern Living’s 2019 Idea House, from architecture and trim work, to fabrics, furniture, wallpaper, lighting and more.
The interior designer was Heather Chadduck Interiors & Design (Southern Living’s former style director).
Natural Light & Transoms
The home’s design is wonderful, particularly the way natural light filters throughout and the use of transoms. The tall, double-hung windows bring the outdoors in and are reminiscent of older homes of yesteryear.
Beside the builder, Riverside Homes, other key players involved in the creation of the Crane Island River House were architects Historical Concepts of Atlanta.
Many items in the Idea House were sourced from an array of specialty purveyors, craftsmen and craftswomen, from various states. For example, the entry doors were handcrafted in historical style by Vintage Doors, a family-owned business in upstate New York. Three of the home’s heirloom-quality, handcrafted beds were made by Reid Classics, a family-owned business in Alabama.
Crane Island Amenities
A community clubhouse, the “River House,” is under construction. It will feature a chef’s catering kitchen with swimming pool overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, a fitness center, bocce courts, and day dock with kayak and paddle board storage.
Deep Water Access
For boaters, community amenities include the availability of dockage featuring a “No Profile Boat Lift” system. Crane Island adds some deep water access to the local real estate marketplace (29 Intracoastal Waterway slips).
Home Tour Tickets $22
Home tours are offered summer and fall 2019, and will continue through mid-December 2019. Tickets cost $22 and can be purchased online via Eventbrite.com. The Amelia Island Museum of History was selected as the non-profit to receive a portion of ticket sales.
Mystery of Alice
Sarah Alice Broadbent’s disappearance back in 1952 remains unsolved, with some speculation of foul play. This year in 2019, the island where bullets once flew to keep people away, will welcome its first new residents since Alice vanished almost seven decades ago. Learn more about the woman who defended her private island.
Crane Island Ownership
Crane Island ownership remained in the Broadbent family from 1886 until the early 1970s, when the river island was sold by Alice’s nephew. Thereafter, Crane Island changed hands again through time. There were many challenges to past Crane Island owners and developers desiring to populate this river island, a controversial topic around Fernandina Beach. The more recent sale was in 2014, when Crane Island was acquired for $9.9 million by the Range at Crane Island, LLC. Crane Island’s development partners are global businessman Saad Wallan, and Jack B. Healan, Jr.. See more about the development of Crane Island.
While the 2019 Idea House is anticipated to receive at least 10,000 visitors, this number pales by comparison to the overall marketing exposure for the Crane Island community (and Amelia Island). The 2019 Idea House is featured in the August 2019 print issue of Southern Living. A Meredith Corporation brand, (NYSE: MDP), the Southern Living print magazine and associated digital distribution channels reportedly reach around 21.6 million people per month.
- Legendary Islander, Alice Broadbent. Living a pioneer lifestyle alone, without electricity, on Crane Island until she disappeared in 1952, questions remain about what exactly happened to her.
- Amelia River To Sea Trail — Learn about the biking and hiking ARTS trail connecting Crane Island on the river to Amelia Island’s oceanfront.
- Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport — With Crane Island’s location next to Amelia Island’s airport, aviators are a target market.
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