Ouanalao Residences & Resort
Luxurious Beach Homes on Hutchinson Island, Florida
Hello. Joel Greene here from Condo Hotel Center.
If you come to Florida for a visit, you’re likely to go out for seafood at some point. As you’d expect, our restaurants offer an amazing variety of fresh fish and delicacies like oysters. But what you may not know is that if you eat oysters, your empty shells likely won’t be thrown in the trash.
The Florida Oceanographic Oyster Restoration program collects oyster shells from local restaurants and uses them to restore oyster habitats in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon is home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including 36 rare and endangered species.
Oysters are critical to Florida’s ecosystems. They filter nutrients for marine life and provide a habitat for fish and marine invertebrates. They also break up wave energy that would otherwise contribute to shoreline erosion.
Available shell is often the most limiting factor in restoring oyster reefs, and so placing shells recycled from restaurants on the lagoon floor jump-starts the process. Baby oysters spat-glue themselves to it to create new reef.
You can learn a lot more about Florida’s coastal ecosystems at the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, a 57-acre marine life nature center located on Hutchinson Island, approximately 2.5 hours from Miami. Hutchinson Island is also the location of today’s featured property. Read on for details.
Water Views from Every Home
Ouanalao Residences & Resort (pronounced O-wana-loo) is a to-be-built resort property that will offer full amenities and water activities on beautiful Hutchinson Island. It will have a limited collection of 25 beachfront homes with Atlantic Ocean views, 24 cottages and 10 bungalows fronting the Indian River Lagoon.
Homeowners at the resort will have the option of placing their home into the onsite rental program (similar to a condo hotel). It will be operated by Mainsail, one of the approved operators by Marriott. There are no restrictions on owners’ usage.
Plenty of Amenities
Ouanalao will have the following features:
Oceanfront Community Clubhouse
- Fitness center
- Full-service luxury spa
- 2 bar areas
- Retail boutique
- 2 ballrooms for celebrations
- Bridal suite
- Food and bar services
- Waterfront recreation on Indian River Lagoon
- 20 slips available for use when on property
Adventures that can be booked through the resort
- Daily sail and island eco tour
- Daily sunset cocktail sail
- Horseback riding
- Kids’ club with nightly movies
- Sea turtle walks
- Kayaking and paddleboarding
- Boat & wave-runner rentals
- Snorkel and dive trips
- Cooking classes
- Chef experience at home
- Movie nights
- Amenities lawn
Additionally, Ouanalao will have 24-hour room service, 24-hour security, maid service, concierge, massage service and airport shuttle service.
Ouanalao’s home floor plans offer generous living space and expansive outdoor terraces ideal for relaxation and entertainment.
Beach Home Features
- Fully furnished, 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, plus an additional space with two sets of bunk beds
- 4,239 living sq. ft. & 1,200 sq. ft. outdoor terrace
- Direct ocean and Intracoastal views
- Indoor/outdoor living space with stackable sliders
- Private oceanfront pool
- Private walkway to beach
- Private elevator
- Gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances
- Built-in grill
- Media and game room
- 2-car garage and private storage
Beach Cottage Features
- Fully furnished, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
- 1,332 living sq. ft. with 373 sq. ft. outdoor terrace
- Gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances
- Wet bar
- Owners’ closet
- Parking available in shared parking lot
Opening of the resort will tentatively be late 2024 or early 2025.
Beautiful Hutchinson Island
Located on the east coast of Florida, Hutchinson Island is a long, thin barrier island that stretches from Fort Pierce to Stuart. It has 23 miles of pristine beaches as well as many nature preserves and parks.
It’s a chosen nesting destination for some of the ocean’s most endangered sea turtles. You can also enjoy other Florida wildlife including numerous bird species, whales and manatees.
Ouanalao has a convenient location on Hutchinson Island. It offers easy access to golf, deep-sea fishing, shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie are less than an hour away with their sophisticated cultural scene. And sports enthusiasts can enjoy watching the New York Mets play their spring training home games just minutes from Ouanalao.
Pricing at Ouanalao
Living on this island paradise doesn’t come cheap, but you can offset a portion of the costs by placing your home in the rental program when you’re not using it.
- Beach Homes – 4,239 sq. ft., start at $6.5 million.
- Beach Cottages – 1,332 sq. ft. start at $2.2 million.
Want to know more? I have plenty of additional details in my Ouanalao data sheet.
Aw Shucks, They’d Welcome the Help
Remember the oyster reefs I mentioned at the beginning? It’s no small project. To date, the Florida Oceanographic Society has restored 60,000 square feet of Florida reefs, which was made possible with the help of over 2,400 volunteers and over 6,000 volunteer hours. If you want to pitch in, they’re sure to welcome the help.
Again, feel free to request our Ouanalao Residences & Resort. And if Hutchinson Island isn’t your preferred location, just let me know what is, and I’ll provide you with other destination vacation home options. The world is your…
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