Art of the makeover

PGA Village estate

Magnificent tile work in the great room of the High Point estate in PGA Village complements the art work carefully chosen by Doug and Ann Goschke. Above the fireplace is an original by Yankel Ginzberg, who knows how much Ann likes dragonflies. On the table are St. George’s Horse, a painted wooden ball and the mermaid also found in larger version by the pool. All were created by Gil Bruvel. ROB DOWNEY PHOTO

Couple transforms 25-year-old home into magnificent PGA Village estate


After buying and customizing homes for years, Ann and Doug Goschke have found their “last work in progress” in the home they lived next to in PGA Village for eight years.

Originally from Iowa, the Goschkes purchased the second largest house in St. Lucie County when their home ran out of room for their art and entertaining. Built at the end of Enclave Circle by the developer of the nearby Legacy Golf Club, the 2.4-acre estate is surrounded by nature preserve and a green and a tee on the P.B. Dye PGA course.

Known as High Point, the estate reportedly has the highest elevation in PGA Village. Over the course of eight years, the front of the home became obscured with vegetation and the Goschkes almost never saw the owner. Their first order of business was to clear 10 dump truck-loads of vegetation and landscape the property from the ground up.

The Goschkes were pleasantly surprised to find the interior of the home to their liking with no need for any remodeling except for some new paint. Built in 1991 before Hurricane Andrew, the home has shutters, but among next season’s projects are replacing all the windows with impact glass. The hurricanes of 2004-5 “mean season” caused water damage and the barrel tile roof was replaced.

After 10 years and three homes in PGA Village, the Goschkes have settled in after buying the home in 2015. “Downsizing is not in our playbook and we knew when we bought this it was going to be a project,” Ann says.

front entrance

A huge fan of dragonflies, Ann Goschke commissioned Gil Bruvel to sculpt two 400-pound pieces above the front entrance as well as the custom wall sconce and door handles.

High Point has eight bedrooms,10½ baths and 11,630 square feet under air conditioning. The four-car garage, with a three-bedroom guest suite, was remodeled to remove some unneeded windows.

The couple also doubled the size of the screened lanai off the great room, expanding it all the way to the stairs leading to the large swimming pool and spa. The summer kitchen by the pool was beautifully retiled with the addition of wine cooler and icemaker. The men’s and women’s cabana baths off the pool were remodeled.

Another project is to convert the entertainment room into a wine cellar. Since there were no book shelves in the home, a huge bookcase was installed in the hallway to the master bedroom. Right off the master bedroom is an exercise room with large windows offering beautiful views of the side yard.

The upstairs has four bedrooms with walk-in closets and their own full baths. Two of them open out to balconies overlooking the pool and backyard.

While the Goschkes love to entertain, they also enjoy collecting sculptures and paintings. More than 40 sculptures and 40 paintings adorn the walls and grounds of the estate, predominantly from eight artists.

pool and patio

Sculptures make the area around the pool look like a museum. In the background is a mermaid by Gil Bruvel. In the foreground is Mountain Man by Frederick Remington. All of the sculptures were installed on concrete pedestals.

“We have a rule that both of us have to love the piece and it has worked pretty well for us so far.” Ann says. “If one of us hates it, we don’t buy it. Some of the sculptures are bronze copies and some are one-of-a-kind.

Bruvel, Ginzburg, Hart and Remington sculptures pop out from the new landscaping surrounding the walkway to the large pool. Ann calls their taste in art hyperrealism. Four intriguing self-portraits by Red Skelton hang on the dining room walls of the garage guest suite.

After the jungle in front of the home was cleared away and replanted, two very heavy bronze Frederick Hart sculptures, one male and one female, were installed on poured concrete pedestals in the front. Named Nihilo (meaning out of nothing), the original marble sculptures by Hart can be found at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. A total of eight Hart pieces are situated around the estate grounds. Two 400-pound bronze dragonflies by sculptor Gil Bruvel guard the front door while small versions serve as door handles.

A beautiful stone deck at the edge of the property fronts a lake, the green on hole No. 3 and the tee of No. 4 of the Dye Course. Doug calls it “Heckler’s Point” where he can sit and jeer at his friends as they pass by on the course.

The couple love to entertain and they recently hosted a catered end-of-season affair for 150 of their PGA friends. Ann does the cooking for smaller parties of 30-40 people. “I love to cook and with my entertainer kitchen, it is pretty easy,” she says. “We have an orphan party every Thanksgiving for 20-25 people who don’t go up north. I do all the cooking and it is easy. It is a great party house and we like to have big parties.”

family room

The large family room feeds off the kitchen with views out to the veranda and pool.

“In the evening, the back of the house almost looks like a resort and this home entertains well,” Doug says. All of the lighting in the house can be controlled with a smartphone.

Two new AC units also help with cleaning chores. Ann cleans the house with the help of two robotic vacuum cleaners constantly patrolling the first and second floors. Bob picks up the dust on the second floor while Wall-E (from a Pixar movie) covers the first floor. “This house is very quiet and well-built and it is the least dusty house,” she says. “I hardly ever have to dust.”

Before their retirement, Doug was a business consultant and Ann worked as a registered nurse. They have five children and six grandchildren who love to visit High Point.

Kay Rodriguez, a real estate agent with Lang Realty, has handled the purchase of the Goschkes’ three homes in PGA Village. They sold their first PGA home and the second is on the market. “The first home they bought in PGA they didn’t do a lot of work on, but the second home on Enclave Circle they made it a showplace,” Rodriguez says. The couple added a pool, summer kitchen and a casita guesthouse with its own paver stone driveway.

master bedroom

The Goschkes loved the interior of their new home so much, they decided all it needed was some new paint. The master bedroom has views out to the pool and connects to the exercise room.

“They have an eye for taking a great home and turning it into a magnificent home,” Rodriguez says. “They had always been interested in the (High Point) home and when it came on the market, they decided to buy it. You have to really love your home to do all that work.

“It is an awesome property and it needed someone to come in and make a beautiful home a magnificent home. It is gorgeous now. Doug and Ann are down to earth and the nicest people who would do anything for their friends. And I think their friends would do anything for them.”