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Palm Beach is widely known for its distinctive Mediterranean Revival and Venetian-inspired architecture—an aesthetic due in large part to the work of the legendary Addision Mizner. This generous three-bedroom villa in a prime location—walking distance from shops, restaurants, the Lake Trail, and sunny sandy beaches—is of newer construction than many of the island’s landmark estates, but its façade is fully in keeping with the prevailing Mediterranean milieu, with its classic barrel-tiled roofline, arched windows and doors, stately balustrades, carved stonework, august woodwork, and decorative iron balcony railings. The interior, however, is resolutely modern, with such contemporary touches as a frameless glass-railed staircase, sleek lines and angles, museum-caliber lighting, and a minimalist neutral palette.
Palm Beach, Florida | Lisa Cregan, John Cregan, Sotheby’s International Realty – Palm Beach Brokerage
Much of this sophisticated style is due to a careful two-year renovation, during which no detail was overlooked. It imparted many spaces with 11-foot ceilings, wide-plank oak floors, and numerous windows and doors that admit floods of lovely natural light throughout—among them the formal dining room and a chic living room with a fireplace and grand arched doorways to the pool terrace. The bright and inviting cook’s kitchen has been outfitted with top-caliber appliances, including a Wolf range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator, as well as an oversized island with comfortable counter seating for casual meals or midnight snacks. Two sets of double glass doors open to the backyard and pool, where an easily accessible half bath is nearby. The busy professional will appreciate the main-level office, which features built-in shelving and three handsome arched glass doors admitting an uplifting glow and opening to a balustraded front terrace.
Secluded on the upper level, the primary suite is an elegant oasis that encompasses a serene sitting room with a view of swaying palms, a restful bedroom with a balcony overlooking the pool, a boutique-worthy walk-in closet with a dressing island, and a spa-like bath with a soaking tub, a glass-enclosed shower, a nook for a desk or cosmetic vanity, and abundant cabinets and drawers. Each of the two additional bedrooms includes a walk-in closet and a tastefully updated en suite bath. In addition to new dimensions, features, and finishes, the renovation provided the home with new electrical systems, an elevator, a finished two-door two-car garage, and new air conditioning.
Flourishing palm trees and vibrant flowering bougainvillea create a natural curtain of privacy for the backyard terrace and the alluring Roman-style swimming pool. This quiet secret garden fairly epitomizes the Palm Beach experience—a life of ease, relaxation amid thriving colorful flora, outdoor recreation, and of course, time spent in or by the water.