Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
“You Have Arrived!” will surely fit the forthcoming new owners of the historic landmarked Tuscan-inspired Palm Beach VIlla Leoncini estate and it’s 3-story entrance tower. Designed by Palm Beach Architect Howard Major in 1926, the style is Tuscan Italian Renaissance, borrowed from a Lake Como villa. It was first named La Torre Bianca (“The White Tower”)and has a U-shaped floor plan with rooms wrapping around a patio, providing an easy flow from room to room and outdoors. The now deceased owner was a founding member of the Horticulture Society of South Florida, and transformed the grounds into a lush paradise. There are 300 varieties of orchids. Drive down to the motor court and front door, set with cast-stone quoins arched around the door and flanked by two griffin statues, sitting as sentries. Inside the entry are twin doorways with linen-fold caring and the original black-and-white marble tile floor set on the diagonal. There are French doors crowned by fan windows with beautiful views of the courtyard, patios and pool. The formal living room features floor to ceiling pecky cypress paneling and picture molding, built-in bookcases, a wood burning fireplace and a delicate antique marble mantel. The floor is Cuban tile. The dining room with emaed ceiling, features antique Portuguese blue and while tile pictures on the walls, copies of a room in the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. The separate guesthouse has two bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen and laundry facilities. Come see… and buy! Live with history.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
WHILE THESE ARE NOT (YET) HISTORIC HOMES, COME AND SEE A VARIETY OF BEAUTIFUL BOCA RATON HOUSES... if you MISSED THE TOUR, Marilyn will be happy to show you ANY OF THESE HOMES!
ORDER OF PHOTOS: B, A, 1, E, C
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Accompanying friends who were house hunting and with no intention of buying, Ross Meltzer and Tom Samet, Interior Decorators in East Hampton, fell in love with “Doubledog” at first sight. Atop the two piers flanking the entrance gate sit a pair of dog statues, which gave the house it’s name. Having occupied 14 homes over the years, moving is a habit for these fellows. Now they are spending more time in East Hampton, so have put the historic 4 bedroom, 4 ½ bath home and guest cottage up for sale at $2.75MM. Furnishings are available separately. This home is Samet’s favorite of the bunch, “incredibly private and it faces southeast, so all day it’s bright… it’s also on a slight hill so we have the views and a breeze.” He further describes it as “old-timey.” The National Register of Historic Places and the City of West Palm Beach list the house as a historic home. Previous owners have maintained the home and its original design with no major alterations, although five years ago the kitchen was extended fifteen feet.. Some features include many French doors, windows opening to 3000 sq ft of wraparound terraces on three sides, a Chicago-brick driveway on the fourth side. There is a Santa Barbara fell to the house, with tall, mature hedges and fountains. The house also has oak and poplar floors, more northern-like. Mizner reminders include the mantel in the living room, pecky cypress ceilings throughout the downstairs rooms, and the four antique wrought-iron gates in the garden. There is a charming 1920’s ear old fashioned telephone room with chaise. Colors are dramatic and include butterscotch with touches of Chinese red in the living room. There are intracoastal views through the many windows. The large garden has a dining gazebo, Geoergian-style pool and formal gardens with statuary. The kitchen features a Spanish-tile floor, custom cabinetry, a beamed ceiling, granite countertops, and top-of-the line appliances. A barrel-tile roof with eaves supported by corbels is a prominent feature of 265 Granada Road. The arched windows look out into the courtyard. The next owners will be charmed too… and love the sense of history that surrounds the house.