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Cool Breezes


Cool Breezes

It is quite possible Frank and Carol Stout have the most beautiful pair of lots and the nicest beach home at Wrightsville Beach. One thing is certain: no one can dispute the Fayetteville couple’s gorgeous view of the inland waterway.

But if the waterway vistas don’t take your breath away, there’s always the exquisitely designed interior, the perfectly executed construction or the manicured personal garden lot across the street. In every sense, no detail has been forgotten at the Stout’s beach getaway on South Harbour Island.

“There are so many wonderful places to read and relax,” Carol Stout said. “All of the porch space and little nooks are just wonderful. I cannot say that I have a favorite room.”

The Stout’s said they look forward to coming down to their home, which is called 3 Point Place and is situated on the tip of the southeastern-most portion of the island. The sound and inland waterway is instantly accessible by the Stout’s dock and boat.

Frank Stout, an orthodontist in Fayetteville, said he and his wife divide their time between their Fayetteville home and their beach property, which they purchased in 1990.

Originally a historic home, known as Buck Cottage, stood for more than 60 years on the Stout’s lot, until it was destroyed by Hurricane Fran in 1996. In fact, Fran’s lessons had an impact on the design for the Stout’s home.

“I wanted the breeze to come in through the house to cool it the way Caribbean homes were constructed in the 1600s,” Frank said. “But I also wanted it to be safe and secure from any future storms.”

The interior and exterior styles of the house are distinctly Anglo-Caribbean, and the Stouts have them accentuated by Jacobean and antique furnishings, with the aid of a trusty designer.

“We were in Palm Beach Florida at the hotel down there and when I interviewed Jack Phillips I knew he had quite a reputation,” Frank Stout said. “He’s responsible for putting much of the house together.”

The ground level lanai with a fireplace is bookended by outdoor tables and a small courtyard with lush fountains.

The home has played home to numerous events over the years, including a full Naval wedding, many Flotilla parties and numerous political fundraisers, such as those for Rep. Mike McIntyre.

“Its a wonderful second home,” Carol said. “It’s a place we come for quiet time, family time and to just see the water.”