Great Expectations

Meet the dynamic young professional who used inside information to create her “farmhouse modern” dream home.

Ocala native Samantha Dailey grew up immersed in the world of agriculture and real estate, learning much from her father Hugh Dailey and mom Valerie Dailey. And from being a child on her family’s horse farm and small cattle operation to earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal sciences and agribusiness, she always knew the kind of home that she wanted to build for herself one day. 

While working as an agent at her mother’s real estate agency, Showcase Properties of Central Florida, and as an area sales manager for Seminole Feed, this busy young woman found time to do just that. She broke ground on her first home in June 2020 and completed construction in May 2021. 

She mixed and matched floor plans from other home projects to achieve a unique design that would not only suit her immediate needs, but that she believes will appeal to potential future buyers when she decides to move on. 

“The open concept was a must, since I like to entertain,” she offers. “I love the farmhouse look, but know it’s not for everyone so I made it ‘modern farmhouse’ with elements that could easily be changed to match someone else’s taste and kept a neutral color scheme.”

One area in which she takes great pride is the master bath, where she created a large “wet space” that incorporates both a deep-soak bathtub and a spacious shower area.

“It is definitely unique and I love the option to take a bath and still be in the ‘wet’ area when you get out,” she explains. 

One enters the distinctive 3-bedroom, 3-bath home through an open-concept great room with cathedral ceilings that seamlessly unite an inviting kitchen, cozy living area and a stylish dining room accented by a custom-made wood and acrylic barn-style door that fronts her oversized pantry and serves as a functional work of art or as she likes to say “statement piece.” The space is perfect for both entertaining and relaxing with friends and family, which is what she loves to do when she’s not working or exploring the great outdoors. 

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