Saturday, November 30, 2013

Palm Beach Preservation Perfection

We are officially in "Season" in South Florida, and the weather is finally cooling down! This is the best time of year to come for a visit, or to start making your way down to "winter". And if you are by chance in the market to purchase a spectacular Palm Beach pad in which to winter, this one would be an absolute dream!

Located on a 1.4 acre site, this home boasts six principal bedrooms and an additional two room staff suit, nine bathrooms & two powder rooms in the foyer. A gourmet kitchen with adjacent morning room faces the ocean and provides lovely views of the sweeping lawn. The exquisite millwork was imported from France and installed on site. P.E.Guerin provided all of the custom designed hardware. A commercial elevator services three levels and provides dual opening doors. The house has a basement level wine cellar and tasting room, multiple storage areas, mechanical room and manager's office. Three garage bays and a service drive are provided. A full house generator completes this stunning property. And if you can find a way to pull yourself away from the gorgeous interiors, outside there is a tennis court with balustrade gallery and a chic oval swimming pool, in addition to a privately gated beach house with lawn and seawall on the Atlantic shore. 

What I love most about this home is that it was originally designed by society architect John Volk in 1935. In 2007 the Smith Architectural Group began a near four year complete restoration and addition, and in 2010 the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach recognized the Georgian estate with the Ballinger Award for the finest restoration of a landmark property. 

 
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For the formal dining room, decorator Katherine Shenaman oversaw the restoration and installation of more than 10 French Chinoiserie painted panels dating to 1754 — and raised the room’s ceiling a foot to accommodate them. The parquet floor is new but was intentionally designed to look older. The formal living room is through the door at the left. The French doors open onto the covered loggia and courtyard. See more here.
 
 
 

 
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The walnut paneling and millwork in the detailed library were designed by Smith Architectural Group and manufactured in France.  See more here.
 
 
 
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I honestly cannot even begin to imagine living in a house of this magnitude, but it certainly is fun to peak inside! And if you happen to have a spare $32M in the bank, it can be yours... Click here to view the MLS listing, and here to read a fun article from the Palm Beach Daily News about the home, which by the way, is named "La Tonteria" - meaning a foolish fancy or conceit.
 
Photography from the Palm Beach Preservation Foundation by Stephen Leek.

P.S. Is it just me, or does this home remind you of the Lauder's Palm Beach mansion??


7 comments:

  1. DREAMY!!!! I love every single room and the first time I saw that dining room I nearly fainted..its so beautiful. It was fun seeing all the rooms and that coupled with the perfect Florida weather this time of year is perfection!!

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  2. Andrea,
    You've done it again! The history.....ahhh I love it. So many details in this home that caught my eye.
    Let's start with that dining room, lovely. The drapery, wall paper, flooring, pool, cabanna, out door furniture, to many extraordinary details to mention.
    Thanks for making my Sunday!
    Sharon

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  3. It's perfect. Oh to be wealthy....

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  4. I am freezing in NJ, and you are making it even harder......counting the days. I agree with you, it is so fun to look and borrow ideas.

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  5. WOW. These are amazing. Let the pinning begin!

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  6. Simply classically beautiful, love all these images!!

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  7. Gorgeous!!! This blog is really beautiful. & eye catching. Thank you for that.
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