Pull into the horseshoe shaped driveway of this Davis Shores home and you’ll be surprised to know this estate hasn’t always looked like this. Thanks to a creative vision and some renovation patience, The Jones family turned this once modest block home into one of the biggest homes on the block.
Bonne and Greg Jones are the kind of people you want to have over for dinner. The two are quite the successful power couple, both well traveled and well experienced in everything from farming potatoes, running a restaurant, renovating a house to the current real estate market. Suffice to say, they know a thing or two.
And their story is told in every piece of woodwork, canvas and accessory delicately placed in their Davis Shores home.
An icon among the neighbors, the home you see here wasn’t always this way. In 1992 after selling their home in Marsh Creek and waiting to build their next home, they needed an in-between place to stay and the search for a rental turned up nothing. Bonne stubbled across a little 2300 sq ft block home on Dolphin Dr. and worked to convince Greg to consider buying the place as their in-between project. Bonne remembers “I fell in love with the copper gutters and beyond that there was a little block house, nondescript on the outside but it felt like home on the inside.” The couple never ended up building that home they were waiting on and have lived on Dolphin Drive ever since. But the house, let’s just say it’s grown with the couple.
In 1994 they started their first renovation project to add a bedroom, bathroom, family room, 2 car garage, summer kitchen and pool. Ten years later they ventured into another renovation to add a home theatre, billiards room, massive master suite and guest house for Bonne’s grandmother to return to St. Augustine and live. The 2 year long process included taking off the roof and adding the second floor.
The final product, which you see pictured here, is the ultimate space that is warm, inviting and has some of the most amazing spaces for entertaining ever. Architecture aside, the interiors crafted by the homeowners is what make a house a home and that is widely the case for The Jones’. “Our design style is a little old world and a little Hollywood regency. I guess Mizner meets Draper (Addison & Dorothy) and a whole lot of Bonne & Greg.” The two say collecting and reusing design artifacts is their favorite thing to do and joke they will build a room around their collections if they have to.
They’ve lived in the home for 23 years now and will soon move onto their next home project, so before the closing and next chapter of their life begins we were there to capture the true essence of the story-filled estate for your interiors enjoyment.
If you recognize the artwork pictured above, it’s because Bonne and Greg are the original owners of the late Cortesses Bistro. Bonne tells us “after selling Cortesses in 2003, there were certain things I left in the building to be used. After the fire in 2008, the new owner was going to “remodel” and paint over the panels… “We didn’t want that to happen so we had the panels removed and cleaned and Greg remounted them in the gallery.”
The wood in the billiards area is solid Mahogany, originally built for an Art Deco mansion in Delray Beach on Ocean Avenue. The entire bar and Schneider etched glass were purchased from the home and they designed and build the room around the bar and surrounding woodwork. The pool table is an original 1946 Brunswick 100th Anniversary edition Billiard table.
The door leading into the master bath is from the same art deco estate in Delray Beach that the woodworking in the billiards room came from. Here you see into the master bedroom from the bathroom.
The second story lanai just off the master suite is Greg’s favorite “room” in the house. A favorite place to watch a storm passing or relax after a long day.
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The Jones’ home is located on the south side of Davis Shores with views of the Intracoastal and 312 bridge.
Owners: Bonne and Greg Jones
Size: 8,000 sq. ft.
Accommodations: 5 Beds, 6.5 Baths
Features: Waterfront view, pool, guest house, wine cellar, cover lanais, movie theatre, outdoor kitchen, and billiards room