Where We Live: A mid-century modern home on Bay Island

This 1971 home sits right on the bay and is full of vintage charm

View of the back of the house from the bay (Brianna Card/Southside Daily)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Across the water from the lush 2,800 acres of First Landing State Park is the community of Bay Island.

Accessible via Great Neck Road, this area is surrounded by water on all sides. At the very tip of the island is 2112 Windward Shore Drive.

This mid-century modern home was built in 1971 and has all of the hallmark features of the period. Asymmetry, clean lines, and cathedral ceilings add to the vintage charm of this luxurious waterfront home.

Current owners, Dirk and Stacy Proffer, have lived here since 2016.

Hanging in the library of the home, Stacy has framed the original pamphlets that once advertised the lots in the Bay Island community.

Branded with bright 70s turquoise, the pamphlet reads “Sheltered from prevailing storms, Bay Island is a paradise for the water sportsman. All lots front on clear, navigable, deep water channels, and fishing is bountiful here!”

In addition to a bright, modern kitchen with black granite and rust red tile, the front of the home features an enchanting wine grotto. Lined in stone and fitted with custom stained glass, the spacious grotto is elegant and one-of-a-kind.

The stone-lined wine grotto (Brianna Card/Southside Daily)

The centerpiece of the home is the lofty and open living area.

A red brick fireplace sits in the middle of the space, separating the dining room and living room.

Warm hardwood ceilings and floors flank the expansive picture windows facing the waterfront view in the back of the home.

Stacy said “What initially drew us to this home situated near the end of Bay Island is its stunning view from the main living room of the State Park and its overall unique architecture. The double sided fireplace with its unusual angles was also an immediate eye catcher for us.”

The fireplace and picture windows in the open living area (Brianna Card/Southside Daily)

The house is 3 levels and has 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. It is filled with arched doorways, custom built-in shelves, and open wooden staircases. There is also a whimsical upper level reading nook that is filled with natural light and overlooks the library.

The outdoor entertaining space completes this mid-century oasis with a dock, a multi-level deck, and a grape-vine covered pergola.

The modern kitchen, lit with skylights in the cathedral ceilings (Brianna Card/Southside Daily)

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