There’s room for everyone, adults
and kids alike, in this tidy riverfront home
designed for family gatherings.
BY LAUREN PAYNE PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOE POLLILO
EAGER TO DOWNSIZE, JOAN PARKS STILL WANTED A SHORE house that was kid friendly and could accommodate large family gatherings—large being the key word. After all, she and her husband, Stephen, have five children and nine rambunctious grandchildren. That means Sunday gatherings can be hectic.
And while family time is important, the Parks—who are retired and
spend the winter months in Florida—also wanted a summertime home
that would work for their everyday needs. And they wanted a home
that reflects their taste for contemporary design. With careful planning,
they were able to have it all.
After 10 years in the West End neighborhood of Long Branch, the
Parks put their 5,800-square-foot, three-story home on the market in
2011. “We needed to simplify,” says Joan. “We wanted a small house, all
on one floor.” But, she adds, they wanted to be on the water and take in