9/28/2014

FOUR ARTS HAS NEW COLORFUL NATURE MURALS IN GUBELMANN AUDITORIUM



A 1930's building originally designed by Addison Mizner as The Embassy Club now houses the Four Arts Society, which includes the fabulous Gubelmann Auditorium.


Electrifying red colors that echo the Auditorium’s dominant color, and a newly exposed row of arches, add an illusion of looking through arched windows at a Florida sunset, according to the Palm Beach Daily News (“Shiny Sheet”). The previous “plain” look was said to be drab.  Budget surplus was used for these improvements.  The Auditorium seats 700 and features state-of-the-art electronics to ensure that the sound of a symphony playing in the Gubelmann Auditorium can be heard with great detail – even for those with severe hearing loss.

Included in the new arched murals are Florida-local birds and plants such as ibis, roseate spoonbill, hibiscus, magnolia, sea grape, palms and pines.  Mixed acrylic paint and casein were used to produce surface resonance for improved acoustics.

Presentations in the auditorium and within the complex include concerts, art exhibits, films, lecture series, library series, events in the botanical and sculpture gardens, classes on painting and art, and other cultural offerings.  There is a popular Children’s Library.  The Campus on the Lake offers cultural education lectures, workshops, classes and field trips exploring art, music, literature, drama and the art of living well.

The original 1930’s building was the Addison Mizner-designed Embassy Club. 

For more information: http://www.fourarts.org/
 

9/27/2014

99 YEAR OLD TAMPA ESTATE GOES TO AUCTION












IMAGINE… owning a 3.5 acre estate overlooking Clearwater Bay in Tampa that is 23,919 sq ft, has 10 bedrooms, 15 full and 9 half bathrooms, 2 swimming pools, regulation size tennis and basketball courts, a gazebo, private dock and historic bell tower, and 500-year old oak trees!


Included are lavish crystal chandeliers and a former carriage house that is now a 5-car air conditioned garage with a hydraulic car life for extra parking.


It could become a family complex, small boutique hotel, organization’s retreat, or fabulous private home.  Century Oaks is the name of the estate.


Reserve price is $8.5MM, which means any offers below that figure can be considered by the seller, but the highest offer above that figure means an automatic sale.  On the market for $18.5MM, it was not sold.


9/25/2014

1925 WYETH MEDITERRANEAN HOUSE FOR SALE IN PALM BEACH


PHIPPS PLAZA 3-story landmarked Mediterranean style home that can be single family, or have rental units and owner still live there.  Right now there are 3 long term renters in units.  One block to ocean.  fireplaces, high pecky cypress ceilings, frog fountain, courtyard with park view, master upstairs, no HOA.  Located in center of town, walk to shop, dine et al. 

LOCATION!   LOCATION!   LOCATION!

9/20/2014

FORMERLY LANDMARKED HOME BEING DEMOLISED, WILL BE REBUILT



 
 

 
 
 
Rare indeed is the allowance of demolition of a landmarked home.  Vita Serena was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth in 1926, but the house, at 105 Clarendon Avenue, Palm Beach had numerous problems such as decaying wood frame walls, termite infestation and extensive water damage.  Preservation was out of the question. The house was landmarked in 1990. For three decades it was the home of Jean Flagler Matthews, granddaughter of Henry F Flagler.  During the 1960’s, King Saud of Saudi Arabia leased the estate for several weeks.

A replica is being constructed by architect Harold Smith and structural engineer Albert Gargiulo, who said, “We are trying to work within the constraints of the decaying structure, and he recommends using reinforced interior masonry resting on a new foundation.  The contractor is John Rossi.  A stop-work order was issued by the town according to the September 5, 2014 issue of the Palm Beach Daily News and on September 19th the paper reported that demolition was approved. 

The house sits on 2.2 acres with 143’ of oceanfront.  Interiors included old world detailing, cornices, moldings, arches, pecky cypress, 12’ ceilings.  There is a private tunnel to the beach, a 60’ pool, tennis court, oceanfront cabana, 5-car garage and whole house generator.  There was a finished basement and 680 ft of parking, fireplace and garden.   Public records show the house was sold in August 2013 for $86,699  while the Palm Beach Daily News reported on that day that the house sold for $10+MM and included an adjacent 4-bedroom guest house on South County Road.  The property is on a curve on South County and sale totaled $17.4MM.

The Palm Beach Town Council voted in January 2012 not to designate a Mediterranean Revival-style house at 100 El Bravo Way, a Landmark.  A 2000 sq ft addition to the 1922 home by Marion Sims Wyeth had altered the building’s form to such an extent that it no longer met the landmark criteria.  The work included a second floor added to the north portion of the house, saying  “this is a different house.  It doesn’t serve as a representative specimen of Wyeth.”

9/19/2014

NYC TOWNHOUSE BUILT FOR DOUGLAS ELLIMAN 1909 WAS SOLD

 
 
Upper East Side Neo-Federal townhouse built in 1909 for Douglas Elliman at 177 E 71st St just sold for $14.8MM.  It is 6 stories high.

Architect was S.E. Gage.  It was built two years before Elliman opened his real estate agency.
Twenty feet wide, there are 8 bedrooms, 6700 sq ft and has a gym, movie theatre, roof deck and garden and six fireplaces.   There are 6 full and 3 half bathrooms.

8/10/2014

1964 HISTORIC BEACH HOUSE FOR SALE OR RENT RIGHT NOW!

Life is a beach!
  
Buy ($6MM), or rent ($25,000 annually, $45,000 seasonally)
Quintessential beach house
3 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths and private guest bath and bedroom
   
 
25’x19’ living room. Open floor plan with many windows providing light in major rooms.  East exposure boasts sweeping ocean and beach views from all major rooms.  Private direct beachfront gazebo and sunning deck, with stairs to wide sandy beach and ocean in Esplanade Estates, near desirable quiet north end of Palm Beach Island.
3828 living sq ft. 
 
Private pool, 2 car garage, circular and long driveway

21’x13’ eat-in-kitchen
21'x16' master bedroom - DIRECT OCEAN VIEW and bath
 
Possibility of purchasing adjacent property
to have a family compound or built to suit

 Come and see this wonderful getaway...
make it your major property!

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