About Mary Crear
Why Mary Crear chose Gulfport
Our name is Dan and Mary Crear. This is Gommer's house. That's what he called his Grandmother. Gommer. As life would have it, the time came when Gommer needed help and came to spend more time in Minnesota with Dan's parents.
When the time came, Dan's mom inherited the home and it was her time to care for this wonderful old home.
So Liza and Bill took over, and it was where they brought the kids to visit their cousins. Play on the beach and enjoy the sunshine. Found on the bookshelves, that line the entry hall, you will see pictures of them and other family members, enjoying their childhood.
Then they too came to a place in time, where they wanted less to worry about and wondered if any of the kids might like to buy her. There were five children and we where the last in line.
We bought this house, when we were young and poor, with a plan to live here when our kids were grown. So we rented it out and waited for our time to come.
It is here and ready now. We made this house, our home and want to share it with others.
We placed a great deal of thought, into what a retreat is and how do you make a house, a home.
Our plan was to move here in the next five years, but after spending time in Gulfport and in this wonderful property, that will be a much shorter wait.
We hope you love her too.
Mary Crear purchased this bungalow in 1980
What makes this bungalow unique
Gommer's House has her own private white shelled beach, that is very secluded with folage shielding each side. See the large horseshoe crabs crawling though the water. Fish jump and fishermen in waders, fly fishing for evening dinner.
In the morning you will watch the sun rise and see the wildlife catch their breakfast. Pelican's with their big beaks and plunging dives. Woodstorks, White Ibis, Heron's, Willet and not to mention the Osprey. We have a beautiful Hawk who will take a lunch and visit the yard.
See the old oaks with their moss covered limbs stretching over the yard, giving cool relief to afternoons. Old pines mixing in with tall palms to fill in the shade. Quiet neighbors who care about each other, but respect your privacy. The neighbors multicolored cat, who keeps to herself but makes sure no critters bother you.
A newly screened porch with refinished floors and new doors to sit and rock your day away. You watch the water change and sparkle, with the occasional sailor and kayak pass by.
It is a classic bungalow in a wonderful setting. Brick roads lead up to Gommer's front door. Then you enter a newly renovated 1940's Bangalow. Renovated from top to bottom and end to end, keeping in mind the era and charm of this home.
Every window and door has been panstakingly removed, striped down and rebuilt. All the original hardware stripped and rebuilt. Large muti paned windows look out over old trees and bay views.
Colors of the walls relect the colors of the folage and the colors of the beach. Nine foot ceilings, lead up to coffered ceiling beams of classic style, in the dining room. Clean newly painted white woodwork, though out the house, brings a sense of light and calm.
Cushioned couches flank each side of the fireplace with a table to set your book and glass of wine. Shells fill the hearth, found over the years. Rare old yellow pine floors, that where newly refinished to a warm sheen. More to follow
So how is Gommer's unique? Because places like this have been torn down or remuddled or made into condo's. Time stands still here. It was a time when things were built to last forever and we have tried to keep that in mind when we brought her back to her glory.
This dining room with seating for eight, allows your guests and family to look over and see the beautiful bay view. At the same time the cook can visit with them and see it too. Ample room for dishes and glasses in the built in buffet. Everything is kept simple and to a minimum just as needed. Eight place mats,
eight cups, eight bowls, and plates. Ten wine glasses. You'll need one or two while you prepare dinner.
Heading to the kitchen brings you to the farm sink, built by one artisan from start to finish. Just the way they have always been built. We did decide that some things have to change. Dishwasher, garbage disposal, microwave, stainless refrig with water and ice in door. Washer/Dryer all new. Then we return to the classic white wainscoting of cupboard doors. Soapstone countertops that have a softness that wears with age.
The floors that aren't old yellow pine are greecian white marble mosac with small diamond dark gray inset. Subway tiles in the same white marble used for the backsplash. Simple and clean.
These same tiles line the shower walls. All the way to the ceiling
Glass doors and shining chrome fixtures. All new fixtures in the baths, including an airjet tub with dual controls, pedestal sink in master. Walk in shower with lots of room. We made sure the shower adjusts to those who are 5ft and those who are 7ft. Vanity sink has carrera top and glass knobs. Large chrome mirror for those 5 or 7ft.
A perfect stay for two couples, with the third bedroom offering a quiet get away. Relax on the pottery barn couch and read away from the others, with a view of the water. Room to enjoy each other & work if you must.