Matilde Sorensen of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Represents Sale of Spectacular Gem Island Estate for $9.5 Million

Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. VERO BEACH, FL - Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of 131 Gem Island Dr., Vero Beach, FL 32963, for $9,500,000 represented by Matilde Sorensen. 

Hidden on the prestigious and supremely private Gem Island in the exclusive John’s Island, a crown jewel of Georgian architecture graces 1.41± lushly landscaped acres, fronting 160 feet of the Intracoastal Waterway’s glorious river and vistas. 

This magnificent 14,212-square-foot tropical estate comprising of five bedrooms, eight full and three half-baths, surpasses expectation in design from the renowned architect team of McGee Howle & Associates, and the meticulous craftsmanship of Parent Construction. A masterpiece of symmetry and proportion, the residence’s breathtaking stateroom creates a palatial appeal at first sight, capturing the eye with voluminous ceilings, exquisite gallery-lit murals, the first of eight artisan, gas-lit fireplaces throughout the residence and intricately carved columns and ceiling moldings—all illuminated by automated, crystal chandeliers. The wall of arched windows and doors in the gallery leading outdoors from the stateroom to the splendid, sun-drenched pool, cabana and wet bar, blends the interior’s classic architecture with Gem Island’s tranquil paradise. 

131 Gem Island Dr., Vero Beach, FL131 Gem Island Dr., Vero Beach, FL131 Gem Island Dr., Vero Beach, FLOverlooking the pool, the detailed, floor-to-ceiling windows of the enclosed, light and bright veranda, complete with barbecue and fireplace, frame the comfortable indoors with the natural artistry of the grounds and river. A bar equipped with wine storage and cooler adjoins an opulent media room/library detailed with rich mahogany paneling and gold-leaf, coffered ceilings. An epicurean island kitchen, outfitted with appliances for the consummate chef, is paired with a fully furnished butler’s pantry to serve an elegant dining room, perfect for relaxed and luxurious private entertaining for family and guests. 

The master wing offers a generous and peaceful master suite with two lavish bathrooms, walk-in closets, a quiet morning room and light-filled fitness studio overlooking the pool and waterway. An exquisite wrought-iron stairway curves to the second floor, which can also be reached by elevator, to a lovely second-level guest area and bedroom suites with beautiful garden, pool or waterway vistas. Conveniently, laundry rooms are placed both upstairs and downstairs. 

131 Gem Island Dr., Vero Beach, FLBuilt in 2000, a new roof was installed in 2018, and the residence was painted at that time. Two spacious, air-conditioned garages house four vehicles. This timeless and exceptional waterway showpiece nestled in one of Vero Beach’s most desired, private golfing communities, John’s Island creates the perfect tropical retreat for the most discerning buyer. 

About John’s Island 

Envisioned 50 years ago by a legendary architect as an exclusive, private enclave for family-oriented activities and life-long friendships, John’s Island flourishes along three miles of sugar-white sand beach on a lush barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Serene with the finest classic architecture nestled within palm trees and live-oak hammocks, the John’s Island Club offers excellent dining, world-class amenities and recreational facilities, including two world-class beach and golf clubs and three championship golf courses—all the sole privilege of members and their families. Without a doubt, John’s Island creates an extraordinary and comfortable life-style minutes from Vero Beach’s private airport and cultural events of the nearby, #1 rated resort town of Vero Beach. 

For more information, please contact: Matilde Sorensen at 772-532-0010 or