Thursday, November 7, 2013
Two hundred plus public, private and non-profit organizations in Palm Beach, Broward, St. Lucie, Martin, India River, Miami-Dade and Monroe County formed the group to develop a 50-year plan for the region.
Issues include coastal erosion, environment and other climate issues and regional approaches to economic development, transportation and education. One member mentioned that an expanded marine industry in West Palm Beach could create jobs and become an international destination for super yachts.
A grant of nearly $14MM has been awarded to South Florida transportation officials to upgrade rail transportation and connect train corridors on Tri Rail and the CSX and Florida East Coast Railway lines. It will also be used for the All Aboard Florida, a rail service between Miami and Orlando.
According to project officials, three million new residents are expected in Florida in the next 50 years. For more information see seven50.org.
Posted by Marilyn Farber Jacobs at Thursday, November 07, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION CONSIDERING ELEVEN PALM BEACH PROPERTIES FOR POTENTIAL DESIGNATION.
In 1979 the Palm Beach Town Council, in order to stop the loss of the town’s historic resources, adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance. This ordinance appointed a 7-member Landmarks Preservation Commission, 6 of whom must be town residents, to identify significant structures, check them against a set of criteria and choose the best examples as landmarks of the Town of Palm Beach. This Commission also determines historic districts and scenic areas.
Criteria for landmark designation includes properties associated with events of historic interest or lives of persons historically significant; outstanding example of architectural design, or significant work of a notable architect or master craftsman. The Committee also reviews changes and alterations to existing Landmark properties.
Currently there are 246 Landmarked properties, sites and vistas, and ten properties and one scenic vista are now being considered to receive the Landmark designation. Included are properties designed by Marion Simms Wyeth, John Volk, Treanor and Fatio and examples of a bungalow, Moorish Revival-style, Neoclassical style, Georgian Revival style, Mediterranean Revival and Mission style home.
There are some property tax advantages to being a Landmarked property.
Posted by Marilyn Farber Jacobs at Sunday, October 20, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Tea Houses with sparse furnishings are a newer addition to some homes.
Feng shui specialists are called upon to consult with about design principals or to conduct special ceremonies. Outdoor elements are brought within vision. Beautiful gardens with plantings and pebbles are featured. Antique doors are popular. Water features have become important, such as fountains and waterfalls. Homeowners want natural materials and light colored woods such as maple, bamboo and oak.
Asian influences prevail. Handmade sliding screens and tatami mats are included as well as koi ponds and bonsai trees.
Tea rooms are places for meditation and for snacks and dinners. During the Colonial period, private prayer spaces were included within homes, but in the 1960’s, communal worship became more popular.
Posted by Marilyn Farber Jacobs at Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Soon moving in to the equestrian-happy pastoral Wellington enclave of Mallet Hill, the family will be living in a four bedroom, four bath 7234 sq ft $8.7MM property.
Built in 2010, the Spanish-style home features custom English cabinetry, 10-foot mahogany front doors and a poolside built in grill.
A 20-stall barn and show jumping training grounds are also features of this 4.8 property. Cost was reported to be $8.7MM cash.
Having rented for two years in the area, a desire fueled by daughter Jennifer's pursuit of show jumper training, note that these photos were probably taken before the purchase.
The Homeowners Association has been approached to replace the enclave's unmanned gate to a gate manned 24/7.
Bill Gates is reported the be the second richest American with a current net worth of $67BB. The Gates foundation has done a great deal of charitable work across the globe.
Posted by Marilyn Farber Jacobs at Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Just sold for $35MM to Yahoo! CEO (former long-time executive and key spokesperson for Google) and her husband, a venture capitalist, the 1922 Tudor-style house is on “Billionaires Row,” in Pacific Heights, with neighbors including Oracle founder Larry Ellison, Zynga founder March Pincus and oil tycoon Gordon Getty. The area is home to the technology industry.
Note the handcrafted mill work and hardwood floors. There are leaded glass windows and heavy duty moldings. There are spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Within the 11,000 sq ft four story house are 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms.
Outside is a heated swimming pool.
The living room is “ballroom sized.” There are 5 fireplaces
2 kitchens, a 4-car garage, wine cellar, elevator and fabulous views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dining room has a wall covered with purple and gold marquees that they had made for the tabletops at their wedding, with words such as peppermint, colors, Paris and Etro, some of their favorite “things.”
The baby grand piano is computerized. Note the 3-ft bronze frog outside and a few Jeff Koons balloon dogs can be found in the kitchen. The wine cellar can hold 3000+ bottles. There is a second kitchen on the lower floor. An office includes a massage room. There are two rooms for staff.
“Over the top,” with a cozy, comfortable feeling.
Posted by Marilyn Farber Jacobs at Sunday, September 08, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Built in 1939, the Camino Real Bridge in Boca Raton is in need of repairs and/or replacement. This double-leaf rolling lift bridge is a historic landmark, on the County Registry of Historic Places and eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
There are limits to what one can do. It can be renovated, but not rebuilt. No other county bridge has its historical designations. It spans the intracoastal waterway west of the Boca Resort Beach Club and One Thousand Ocean, and east of the Bridge Hotel. Maximum weight on the bridge has been lowered from 36 to 30 tons. Its travel lanes and sidewalks need to be widened. Guardrails are obsolete. Bridge tender house needs to be replaced and moved from the south to the north side of the bridge.
Many of these conditions cause the bridge to fail to meet current Florida Department of Transportation standards. Any improvements need to pass local and state historical organizations. A $6MM rehabilitation project may start in 2015. The Flagler Bridge in West Palm Beach was built in 1938 and the state is replacing it now. There are seven other similar older bridges in Florida.
Posted by Marilyn Farber Jacobs at Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Built in 1927, a 7-room 2-story duplex located in 133 East 64th Street, “between Park and Lex” in the Lenox Hill section, is on the market. It features 11’ ceilings and 4000 living sq ft. There is a wrap-around terrace with lovely Central Park views from the 12th floor. Style is neo-classic. The building is a “white glove cooperative.”
The Chef’s kitchen has terra cotta tile floors, white cabinets, high end stainless steel appliances and counters, and a walk-in pantry. Staff quarters are adjacent. Four elaborately carved marble fireplaces and a greenhouse extension add to the list of features. The greenhouse extension is a breakfast room seating six, facing the east terrace.
An elevator opens directly into the 14’x12’ foyer. Off the foyer is a red granite powder room with a window. The formal dining room has two pairs of French doors leading to a landscaped terrace. The 27’x16’ living room with French doors opening to a 36’x15’ terrace with glimpses of Central Park. Note the Palladian windows, hand carved moldings, herringbone wood floor and fireplace.
Private living quarters on the 11th floor are reached by an elliptical staircase with undulating matchstick railing.
The master suite includes a fireplace, decorative silver-leaf ceilings, two his-and-hers walk-in closets, and “her” bathroom in white marble with Jacuzzi bath and glass shower in the corner plus “his” with black granite throughout. There are two more bedrooms.
The wood-paneled library has custom millwork.
List price is $17.250MM. The unit was purchased for $8MM in 2010 from the US government for compensation for victims as it was formerly owned by the Madoffs.
Posted by Marilyn Farber Jacobs at Saturday, August 24, 2013