Conceived in the 1920's and artfully restored 20 years ago by noted architects Smith and Moore Architects, this magnificent residence has at its heart a gracious fountain courtyard connected to each major room by a wall of French doors. This emphasis on open space dominates the design and flow of the entire estate. It is evident in the exceptionally high ceilings, expansive rooms, nearly 47,880+/- square foot lot with its mature landscape and privacy hedges, and resort-size pool setting with separate cabana.
Superb detail is everywhere. In the stenciled pecky cypress tray ceilings, graceful wood and painted tile staircase, custom millwork, unique built-ins, outstanding materials.
The formality of the living room with multiple seating areas and dining room for 16 is beautifully balanced by the inviting club and game room with built-in wet bar, serene office/library, relaxing covered loggias and distinctly private sleeping suites.
Along with inherent elegance, there is a sense of warmth and ease dutifully served by commercial-quality kitchens, dual laundry rooms, ample staff quarters, seemingly endless storage. All of which support a most gracious Palm Beach lifestyle not easily duplicated.
Via Bellaria, Palm Beach, Florida. This regal courtyard villa is ideally situated in the Estate Section, two doors from the beach. It is readily accessible to the 5 star dining and world-class designer shopping in-town along famed Worth Avenue, or mid-town at The Royal Poinciana Plaza. Award-winning golf and tennis facilities are at private clubs nearby. Social events occur at The Breakers and Mar-a-Lago, the Flagler Museum and The Society of the Four Arts Museum & Gardens. Private banking institutions abound along Royal Palm Way. Private and commercial air service is available at Palm Beach International Airport, a 15+/- minute drive.
Situated on a 47,880+/- square foot lot, with 315+/- feet of frontage along Via Bellaria, the home is superbly elevated and rimmed with mature foliage and an irreplaceable 18' privacy wall. A side drive, entered under a cathedral of trees, leads past a decades old banyan tree, twin 2-bay garages, and the multi-car motor court to reveal a 20,000+/- square foot sculpture garden. The sprawling east side pool setting, its fountain and separate cabana with full bath, functions as the grand centerpiece of a mature sculpted landscape.
This incomparable residence includes 5 en-suite bedrooms, 2 staff bedrooms, 9.5 baths, and two 2-bay garages in 24,739+/- total square feet. From its gleaming marble, Spanish tile, and hardwood floors, to its stenciled wood ceilings, multiple fireplaces, library paneling, custom moldings and unique built-ins, this residence combines elegance with ease for truly gracious living.
First Floor: A long formal reception area, facing the center courtyard, connects two wings. An adjoining living room looks out toward the pool. The entry wing includes a gracious foyer with guest suite, his and hers powder rooms, elegant staircase, elevator and paneled library. The living room leads to a formal dining room in the opposite wing, which is comprised of a separate breakfast area, clubroom with wet bar, and a den. Entertaining is facilitated by the comprehensive prep kitchen, adjoining full kitchen with commercial-quality stainless appliances and extensive cabinetry, utility room, and two staff bedrooms with full bath.
Second Floor: Atop the landing, a gallery hall leads to four en-suite bedroom suites, breakfast bar, covered terrace and sun deck. The grand master suite with stenciled ceilings offers his bath with steam shower and walk-in closet/dressing area with desk; her luxurious bath has a jetted tub, separate shower, walk-in closet/dressing room with lazy-Susan shoe storage and a private ocean view sun deck with French door access.
Special features include: 18'+/- front elevation; 315' fronting Via Bellaria; 1.1+ acre lot; 13'+/- ceilings throughout; multi-car motor court; dual 2-bay garages; resort-style pool with fountain, separate cabana with full bath; commercial quality prep and main kitchens; elevator; 3 gas fireplaces; stenciled pecky cypress ceilings and trim; custom tiles and moldings; up and down laundry rooms; upstairs breakfast bar; vast basement storage; full house generator.
- Single Family
- 11 full / 5 half
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The Island of Palm Beach has long been the resort community of choice for the social elite. With miles of pristine sugar sand beaches, exclusive clubs, incomparable estate compounds, designer shopping along Worth Avenue and Michelin-quality dining, life on this barrier island is unlike anywhere else.
Here quiet opulence is the order of the day…and life revolves around its unique village center. Many aspire to its lifestyle. Most were born to it. Long a haven for old money, captains of industry and political scions, it is the East Coast answer to Malibu, Cannes and Lake Como all rolled into one…where mega-yachts are de rigueur, and the social calendar dictates events at such landmark resorts as The Breakers and Mar-a-Lago.
PALM BEACH: THE RICH HISTORY
It began with the 1878 wreck of the ship Providencia, which set sail from Havana with coconuts bound for Barcelona. When the ship serendipitously washed ashore on what is now Palm Beach, early settlers planted those coconuts to launch a commercial enterprise. The palm trees flourished. The coconut business floundered. But by 1880, word of this superlative spot had spread north and the establishment of the Coconut Grove House Hotel was the early response to incipient tourism.
By the mid-1890’s the railroad had arrived, and Henry M. Flagler had opened both his Royal Poinciana Hotel and oceanside Palm Beach Inn, destined to be renamed The Breakers.
100+ years of graceful evolution later, Palm Beach is now an incorporated town separated from neighboring West Palm Beach by the Intracoastal Waterway. The easternmost town in Florida, it covers about 10.4 square miles, of which only 3.9 square miles is land! It is home year ’round to 9,000 fortunate few, with an additional 20,000 who winter there “in season.”
PALM BEACH: TODAY
Today Palm Beach is a community with an elected Mayor and City Council, an active historic preservation society, highly active charitable organizations, 3 miles of superb public beaches, the world’s finest shopping on Worth Avenue, multiple country clubs with award-winning golf and tennis facilities, The Flagler Art Museum, Four Arts Gardens, innumerable private banks lining Royal Palm Way, and the remarkable Palm Beach International Airport barely 15 minutes away.
The city of West Palm Beach, which began as an adjunctive service community for Palm Beach, has itself developed into a vibrant neighboring community just across the bridge on Flagler Way. From Kravis Center opera and theatrical entertainment to diverse clubs, restaurants, and galleries on Clematis Street and the exceptional El Cid historic residential district, the energy of this adjacent section of West Palm Beach has made it the natural choice for affluent active professionals.
PALM BEACH: CLASSIC ARCHITECTURE
Four prominent architects each had a hand in influencing what is known today as Palm Beach architecture…Addison Mizner, Maurice Fatio, Marion Sims Wyeth, and John Volk. The unmistakable styles they created, from Mediterranean Revival to Tropical Georgian, became the hallmark of Palm Beach architecture.
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