Story by Suzanne Fox Sevel | Photography by Jason Hook

Island Style is Inspiration for New Viera Development 

Capron Ridge, a gated subdivision in the Viera/Suntree area, boasts several parks, lakes and other amenities including a geothermally heated resort-style pool and a clubhouse. The brainchild of developer Edward Fleis, Capron Ridge was named after the famous 1850’s Capron-Hernandez Trail that follows the highest natural ridge in Brevard County.

The development consists of seven distinct communities nestled among idyllic lakes, natural preserves and wildlife habitats. Edward Fleis, president of Monarch Homes, had a vision of creating unique boutique homes surrounded by lush Florida landscape. Monarch’s environmentally friendly custom homes are not only affordable; they are also loaded with upscale amenities normally associated with luxury homes. 

Set off of Viera Boulevard, Capron Ridge prides itself on having over 2.5 miles of walking and biking trails and more than 40 acres of nature preserves. This guarantees homeowners will have unobstructed views, no matter how much future development may impact other areas. 

Within Capron Ridge is Monarch Homes’ distinctive Cashel Village, a community characterized by a picturesque seaside architectural style with a coastal flavor all its own. Brian Fleis, Edward’s son and general manager of Monarch Homes, is actively involved in each custom home design. A former design engineer for Disney, Brian’s design team created some of Disney’s most enduring resorts including the Animal Kingdom Lodge. His creativity and dedication to quality and authenticity is evident in the Cashel Village style. “I love to bring the beautiful things I see in magazines to life,” he said.  

Cashel Village homes have unique Key West elements such as scalloped siding, metal rooftops, ornate custom brackets and historic replicas of gingerbread porch railings.

Inside this model home, quartz countertops, Mother of Pearl tile backsplash, Bahamian-style breakfast bar and pendant lights lead to an expansive great room with coastal inspired colors such as azure blue, white and cream. The solid wood cabinetry and self-closing drawers are built around high-end stainless steel appliances. The wide plank Shaw flooring is a dark wood color (spice box) that creates a beautiful contrast to the off-white cabinetry. 

Decorative builder touches like crown molding, archways and tall wainscoting create a feeling of quality craftsmanship throughout the home.

Directly across the entry, an oversized master bedroom features a sliding glass private entrance to the outside lanai. Just off the bedroom are his and hers walk-in closets; and the master bath is equipped with pineapple shaped sinks and vanity fixtures in Pearlescent Seashell. A stone shower with jetted body sprays has a spa-like quality. 

The foyer opens up to a second floor with a dramatic 16-foot vaulted ceiling from the landing.  A chunky baluster gives the wooden banisters a New England coastal flavor. The second floor features two bedrooms, a bathroom and a loft space that is decorated as a media and game area.

Coastal Caribbean style is typically defined by the attention to outdoor living areas and natural breezes. That’s why there is an outdoor courtyard near the front of the house, complete with a seating area and coquina wall fountain. A lanai on the opposite end of the home has an outdoor kitchen and fire pit. 

Reinforced soffitts, a radiant barrier, and all-plywood decking are just some of the stylistic elements that are standard features in Monarch Homes.

This home with many green features also has smart home technology with a Home Automation Hub. This system enables Internet radio and music to play throughout seven zones in the house, while also controlling security, the climate and lighting from a built-in iPad. Camera security monitors can be also viewed remotely from a cell phone.

The coastal cool vibe is alive in Cashel Village with its pastel hues, porches, courtyards, interior and exterior details.  Monarch Homes brings a relaxed yet elegant style to the Suntree/Viera area — a refreshing alternative to the ordinary.

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This article appears in the September 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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