7/23/2014

DUNKIN' DONUTS STORE IN WEST PALM BEACH NEEDS MORE PARKING SPACES

 
 
On July 10, the Zoning Board of Appeals will meet to discuss Dunkin' Donut's request to demolish an 83-year old Spanish style historic house to make room for a parking lot for their store which is adjacent.
 
 
The request is to expand the lot for parking spaces and raze the house at 412 Avenida Alegre.
 
Area homeowners are quoted as saying, “From 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., it’s a treacherous situation, I think a parking lot will make a big improvement as far as safety on the street goes.” With a lack of parking spaces, Dunkin' customers sometimes use residential driveways to turn around in, creating a traffic hazard.
 
 

FOR SALE: 1931 HOME IN COLLEGE PARK HISTORICAL DISTRICT, LAKE WORTH




This 1932 historic Spanish Mission style home has many wonderful features.  Pecky cypress ceilings, mosaic tile floors, fireplace, arched entry door, and private garden visible from most windows.

With 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, living sq ft is a generous 2615.  Located near beach and ocean and Atlantic Avenue with its famed restaurants, boutiques and cultural venues.

Front bedroom features marble floors, loft with 18' ceiling.  Gourmet kitchen has gas cook top and triple built-in wall ovens and overlooks family room with Saltillo tile floors and impact glass doors.

Formal living and dining room with period fireplace parquet flooring and arch-topped stained glass period windows.

Master bedroom is on 2nd floor and has rich wood flooring.  Three separate a/c zones create a great comfort level.

Gardens are lush and there are two separate one car garages.

List price is $369,000.

Questions?  Call Marilyn at 561-638-9818.

NEW LISTING: 1925 Prospect Park, West Palm Beach 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath home for sale


 
EL CID updated 2272 living sq ft designer-owned Mediterranean home with cottage features 10' ceilings, interior arches, stone columns and an ornately mantled fireplace.
 
Kitchen features Meile appliances, custom cabinetry. Multiple windows in all major rooms creates a light, bright sun-filled interior environment.
 
Guest cottage has kitchen, full bath, washer/dryer and private entrance.  Two car garage is a carpeted office, but could easily convert back to a garage.
 
LIST PRICE: $799,000.
 
Marilyn would LOVE to show you this beautiful home.
 


HISTORIC STREET IN BOSTON



The similarity of the cobblestone street with row houses to the Philadelphia posting below was in an article containing interesting information about Boston, 7th most expensive city to live in, in the USA.

Population: 636,479; Cost of LIving: 39.7% above US average
Median household income: $53,136; median home value: $374,700

Offering a healthy local job market, big-city benefits, renowned universities, art collections and historic sites might make Boston worth the high costs of living there.  Research found over 6500 job postings per 10,000 people in the area; overall for US has been 470 job postings per 10,000 people.

Home values and housing expenses as well as most affordable housing combine to make Boston quite desirable as a place to reside.  Groceries are about 25% above the national average and healthcare costs over 26% , utilities over 44% higher.  Median household income is similar to national level.

FOUR LUXURY HOMES FOR SALE ON AMERICA'S OLDEST STREET IN PHILADELPHIA


Landmark designated Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia has luxury homes featuring early American architecture, with renovated interiors and impeccably restored exteriors.  Architecture ranges from 18th C. colonials to federation-style row houses.  These properties were once owned by bankers, shipwrights, glassblowers and other tradesmen.

This street is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America, the Liberty Bell is around the corner and there is a museum and gift shop.  The street dates to 1702.  As of 2012 there are 32 houses on the street, built between 1728 and 1836.  Tours often go down the cobblestone street.


FOR SALE RIGHT NOW
123 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $795,000

Featuring an A-typical parking spot and roof-top deck, the home has a "museum-quality" feeling.  The Baker's House was once a 2-story brick kitchen, and the federation-style home has been expanded and renovated over the years. The original oven, now not functional, can be seen in the basement.


Façade is historically certified.  New renovations include a roof, finished basement and highly efficient HVAC system.  The property keeps its character with a mix of the old and new.


133-135 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $850,000
 
Once a storefront, the first floor is quite spacious, 2290 sq ft, with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths.
 
One of the largest financiers of the Revolutionary War, Haym Solomon, is said to have lived there.
 
With a new kitchen, living room and dining room, the home boats a beautiful old-brick design and an adjacent lot serves as a garden, unusual for the area to have that outdoor space.


125 Elfreth's Alley
For sale: $649,900

With 3,122 sq ft, this property is the newest and tallest house on the street, built in 1836.  It is divided into two units, one rented out.  Lower unit has 2 bedrooms,  2 1/2 baths, top unit has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath.

No interior photos available of this "vintage Philadelphia home," because a tenant still lives in the house.
 

109 Elfreth's Alley
Coming on the market soon: $650,000

In 2008 while a rear addition was being constructed, the home was abandoned. 

Vacant, problems arose including water infiltration, mold infestation and vandalism; it was foreclosed in 2010.  Renovations will soon be done and then it will be listed.


6/21/2014

HISTORIC INDEED... WITH ORIGINAL DETAILS... COME AND SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL UPGRADED HOME IN WEST PALM BEACH FL

Palm Beach County is known for its historic homes
 
Who's footsteps will you be walking in?
This property has been occupied by prominent locals
including a former Mayor of Palm Beach
Built in 1926 by the Anthony stores family
 
 Historic Home plus two apartments to rent out in separate cottage
* NOW UNDER CONTRACT *
Let Marilyn Find You a HISTORIC HOME!

El Cid Lafayette Park Neighborhood between Antique Row
and the Intracoastal Waterway
UPGRADES GALORE
Double Lot - 30'x15' pool - sizeable Yard



Front of house with Chicago Brick Pavers

(all around grounds)

arched windows, pecky cypress arched wood door
arched French Doors
 
Side of house with Chicago Brick Pavers, luxurious "fauna"
 
Side of house with Chicago Brick Pavers, luxurious "fauna"
 
Living Room - 20'x14' with working fireplace
 
Dining Room - 15'x12' with French Doors
 
Upstairs Master Bedroom - 21'x15' with
updated gorgeous Master Bath
and Walk-In Closet with WINDOWS!
 

Kitchen - UPDATED - 16'x12'

 

Two more upstairs bedrooms, two downstairs dens

3880 living sq ft - High Privacy Hedges in Front and Sides
Beautiful, Tranquil, Serene Views from All Windows
 
GREAT house for entertaining and/or family fun
 
May I give you a tour?
Call Marilyn at 561-302-3388
 
GREAT HOME FOR A HISTORY BUFF
 
$999,000


5/17/2014

WEST PALM BEACH 1920'S SUNSHINE PARK RESIDENTS CHOSE NOT TO BECOME A HISTORIC LANDMARKED AREA

 

Chosen as a "Neighborhood of the Week" by the Palm Beach Post, there are about 120 homes in the Sunshine Park area, most having Spanish and Moorish influences, craftsman-like handiwork, lovely gardens and sidewalks in front.  Wood floors are featured, sometimes Dade Country pine, sometimes wood ceilings, and usually at least one fireplace.  Homes often have updated kitchens and baths. Fences offer privacy and tranquility.  There is no HOA, no manned gate, no community pool or clubhouse.   Residents say when they take a walk in the evening they often wind up strolling into someone’s front porch for neighborly chats.  This section has five streets running north and south and about the same area running east and west.

Current homes on market as of 5-17-2014 range from 3- and 4- to 6-bedrooms, 1453 to 4117 living sq ft and prices start at $279,000 with the highest list price at $1,695,000.  The highest priced home is Mediterranean style with Moorish accents and designer interiors, private pool and patio, built in 1924.   Outdoor shower included.  Patio eat-in area with arbor above.  Typical glorious 1920’s craftsmanship, finely tooled wood trims, 4 sets of living room French Doors, original fireplace mantel and earth tone tiles, and matching tiled floors.  There are wall sconces and ornate Moorish doors, chandelier and wood beams in dining room.  Master suit is on first floor.  Crown moldings abound.  Kitchen is updated with medium dark wood, stainless steel appliances, center island and pale green tiled counter tops.  It is on a corner lot and there are sidewalks.  European front courtyard includes beautiful plantings. Garden with blue tiled fountain and wrought iron bench.


The least expensive home is Spanish style, built in 1928, with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1745 living sq ft.  Beautiful medium dark hardwood floors prevail and 2 bedrooms are tiled. Living room has fireplace, anteroom has wood ceiling.  Updated kitchen has granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  All 3 bathrooms have been all renovated.   Fenced yard and pavered patio.  One story.  Sidewalks.

Many residents have lived in this section for many years. If you are in the area, take a stroll around the neighborhood and meet and talk to the residents along the way.  You too will come away with the feeling that this is a small, friendly intimate area, convenient to downtown and the beaches.

For copies of listings of current homes available in this area, email me at marilynfjacobs@gmail.com.
 
 

3/02/2014

THREE “IN TOWN” HISTORIC PROPERTIES SOLD ON SEASPRAY (PALM BEACH) IN 2014, ALL BUILT IN 1925

315 Seaspray, on the market for 539 days, listed for $2,250,000, sold in May 2013 for $2,200,000.  It is a turkey restore villa with a 1 bedroom, living room, bathroom guest house.  2574 living sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths.  Lush landscaping and manicured high hedges provide privacy.  Brick paver driveway.  Wood paneled ceilings, arched doorways, fireplace, wood and terra cotta floors, French doors, small pool by guest house are some of the features of the property.




206 Seaspray, on the market for 350 days, was listed for $2,350,000 and sold for $2,025,000.  This two-story home features a beautiful wood front door, wood and tile floors, some windows have arches atop, pool and cabana house, French doors, pair of porthole windows on front exterior and 3 arched windows upstairs, and an arched designed entrance door.  Pavers on walkway and stairs.   Manicured hedges afford privacy.




247 Seaspray, on the market for 59 days, was listed for $2,100,000 and sold for $1,795,000. This two-story home has deeded beach rights, is 2398 living sq ft, has 4 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths.  Features include a covered and screened front loggia, backyard waterfront pool, carpet and wood floors, fireplace, guest house with bedroom, kitchen and bath, master bedroom is upstairs with tub and separate shower in bathroom, front porch, French doors, screened porch, paver side driveway, hedges and tall trees afford privacy.




12/31/2013

FABULOUS MANHATTAN TOWNHOUSE ON CENTRAL PARK WEST



This 1887 six-level Central Park West and 85th Street NYC townhouse is unusual!  Originally listed last May for $37MM, price has since been lowered to $32.5MM.  There are 12,000 living sq ft.  



A glass and steel staircase looks like a stairway to the stars.




Included are an indoor 60’ lap fresh water pool and home gym.  It is one of very few townhouses still on the Park.



The townhome has 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half baths, an elevator and finished lower level with the pool and gym.  The parlor floor and living area boast double-height ceilings and gallery sized walls.   

Natural light floods the great room from a dome-shaped skylight.  There are professional fitness/massage areas, 2 offices, bow-front window seat in the master suite with panoramic Park views.  

The chef’s kitchen is fit for grand dining, is next to the dining room and zen-bamboo garden for outdoor dining.

A theatre is included.

Interested?  Ask Marilyn for more details.



The roof terrace affords sweeping park views.  It is described as a 21st C. work of art.  Address is 247 Central Park West.

12/17/2013

CHECK OUT WHAT A HOLIDAY GIFT OVER $100,000,000 ($100MM-USD) WOULD BUY IN MANHATTAN



The ultimate holiday gift: a 19-room mansion built in 1883 and completely renovated and embellished  in 2005, is located at 12 East 69th Street, a prime location in Manhattan between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue.  This pretty limestone mansion is already gift wrapped.  List price is $114,077,000.  The sidewalks and exterior steps are heated.



A fabulous duplex library features a celestial celing mural, 2-story rendition of Kipling’s poem, “If,” built-in black walnut bookcases and burled elm paneling. A spiral staircase connects to the parlor level catwalk to the main library below.



Grand Hall/Living Room, 850 living sq ft, has detailed gilded moldings in the coffered ceilings, a walnut marquetry floor, and Brazilian travertine fireplace.



Kitchen is 40’ wide, has brick and fieldstone walls, a brick pizza oven, butcher block center island and floors made from reclaimed railroad ties.



The museum-quality formal dining room has a carved stone fireplace which is a replica of a dining room at the Palace of Versailles in France.  Floor-to-ceiling windows have mahogany frames.  Black walnut marquetry floor has a “rug border”.  Plaster walls are adorned with golf leaf.



Romantic and lavish guest bedroom on 5th floor has en-suite bath and walk-in closets.



Spa/bathroom resembles a Grecian temple.  Bath tub is Italian onyx with raised soaking rub carved from a single slab of stone; bidet and toilet are carved from matching onyx.  Steam shower is framed by  mosaic tile archway.



Fit for a king, the master bedroom suite features golf-leaf moldings, a sitting area with fireplace, hidden his-and-hers walk in closets and 2nd master bath.



Ground floor informal family room/den has a riverstone fireplace and home office area.



The 420 sq ft home theater/media center has sound-proofed walls and red cherry wood balcony.



Lower level indoor saltwater swimming pool is heated.




Three-tiered roof terrace offers a glimpse of Central Park and Upper East Side cityscape.  Imagine watching the July 4th fireworks from here!