HOMES OF THE TREASURE COAST
The addition of a large master bathroom provided room for a whirlpool bathtub and two vanities.
Dayton’s brother George Beuttell, 72, grew up when State
Road 60 was two lanes and the neighborhood was citrus trees
and few houses. The largest rattlesnake ever killed in Indian
River County was found in the north groves, Beuttell said,
adding that family and friends rode horses and hunted dove
on the property. “My father once pointed and said, ‘Look at
that tree. It produces 40 boxes of grapefruit.’ ”
NUMEROUS SCENES FILMED
The tropical vegetation, main house and pool was deemed
suitable to substitute for a mountainside hacienda in Nicaragua
in the 19 Àlm Last Plane Out, starring Jan-Michael Vincent.
Filmed locally in 1982 at Vero Beach Airport and at the Beuttell
property, numerous scenes were shot around the estate.
Beuttell said family members were not allowed on the sets
during Àlming. But they did have lunch with director 'avid
Nelson, son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, the 1950s TV sitcom
stars. Vincent rarely came out of the trailer parked on the
property, Beuttell said. His sister recalls crew members left
the doors open while they were Àlming and rats came inside.
Aside from the main house, there are two other historical
structures tucked into the lush landscape. The former bomb
shelter from the 1950s was converted into an apartment and
a oneroom eciency. Behind the pool is the carriage house
with a two-story guest house attached to a three-car garage,
converted from horse stables. It was always a guest house for
family and friends. On the opposite side of the property, the
tennis court has been gone for years, but the light still shines
on the grassy yard where it once stood.
Typical of the 6panish influence of the period, the spacious
home has casement windows, French doors, high ceilings, large
interior spaces and arched doorways. 'ade &ounty pine flooring
can be found throughout the original sections of the house.
After the Buettells sold the property, the new owners added
a study and master bathroom at the end of the home. When
the property was purchased two years ago, $400,000 was put