Historical preservation is a passion of mine, so I was thrilled when I read this heartwarming story of “Bella Costa” a Mediterranean mansion built in 1925 by the legendary Addison Mizner, Palm Beach’s most revered architect. Slated for the wrecking ball in 1999, the current owners literally saved this historically significant home.
In their Palm Beach house hunt, the owners, who have always had an appreciation for architecture, had been perusing the town demolition applications submissions, and this gorgeous house caught their eye.
“We saw that the Dunbar house had come up for demolition,” the husband told the Palm Beach Daily News. “We drove by to look at it, and we were dumbfounded that this house with its significance and architectural details was slated to be demolished.”
A Palm Beach builder had purchased the house with plans to demolish it, subdivide the oceanfront lot and build two spec houses. The couple asked if they could save the home and move it, and fortunately the builder was happy to oblige. So they bought it, turned it 90 degrees and moved it dozens of yards to its current location.
After the home was moved, the owners restored it, and now they have decided to move on. The 9,862 square foot pink stucco home – a Mizner hallmark – is for sale Sotheby’s International Realty for $8.95M.