4/27/2008

NEGLECTED JOHN VOLK HOME IN PALM BEACH RESTORED

Built in British Colonial style in 1938, this elegant Pelican Lane home fell into disrepair when found by Drs. Daniel and Judith Doctor back in 2000. Judith Doctor appreciated the repeated arched doorways with views of the ICW, louvered shutters, fanlight above the front door, and stepped chimney, all typical of Volk’s work. Working with builder John Mitchell, the house became what Judith calls, “a graceful beauty.” Volk had designed the house for Chester Kroger on a lakefront site a few blocks south of Worth Avenue. Judith added metal openwork gates to the courtyard and a fountain. She reinterpreted the bricks behind the fountain with the art deco influence that Volk incorporated into the chimney. Faux painting in a creamy color decorates the foyer walls. Original random-width oak planks are throughout, on the floors. The fanlight repeats above the living room door. French doors abound, some are arched on top. There are dentil moldings in the living room and columns separating formal living space from the loggia. Floors are limestone. Judith designed a recessed mahogany china cabinet for the dining room. The kitchen features wood wainscoting, white oak floors, oak cabinetry and a central island with black-granite countertops. The kitchen has a cathedral wood ceiling which Judith says, “reminds me of a boat.” There is a large rectangular pool over looking the intracoastal waterway. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, 5685 sq ft. The house is currently listed for sale for $17.95MM.

4/04/2008

SUNDY HOUSE, Delray Beach

























Located in the heart of historic downtown Delray Beach, and one mile from the fabulous beach at the end of Atlantic Avenue, the Sundy House is a boutique inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This secluded retreat is nestled within an acre of stunning tropical gardens. The Victorian inn’s 11 luxurious guest accommodations feature sumptuous d├ęcor and modern amenities. Sundy House hides
within an acre overflowing with 500 tropical plant species. In every corner, you'll discover unique details: a bed suspended in air, a sunset painted on the ceiling, red-cork wallpaper, and blue suede walls. Swim with turtles and angelfish in the naturally filtered swimming pond. Venturing away from this self-contained wonderland only brings more pleasures, like snorkeling or windsurfing in the southern Atlantic, minutes away. Stay for Sundy's Sunday brunch, a lavish affair with everything from eggs Benedict made with Florida lobster to raspberry ham with mango cole slaw. Doubles from $175; 561-272-5678 Experience the award-winning Sundy House Restaurant, the elegant Roux Bamboux Lounge. Just 20 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport and one hour north of Miami, our superb location is easy to reach whether for business or pleasure. The Sundy House is mere steps from shopping, dining and cultural events, in a serene setting in which art, history and culture merge. Complimentary transportation to beach/downtown where life is GOOD and ACTIVE. Other awards include: The New York Post – “Florida’s Top 50 Hotels and Resorts;” Travel + Leisure – “Top 30 Inns in the U.S;” Palm Beach Post – “Best Brunch and Most Romantic Restaurant;” South Florida Parenting – “Best Romantic Getaway.”