Billionaire’s Row Waterfront Estate
Today’s design inspiration comes from a sprawling waterfront estate located on exclusive Billionaire’s Row in the wintering resort town of Palm Beach, Florida. The impressive residence comprises on over five acres fronting both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal waterways of Lake Worth. The estate centers around the original landmarked 1930s Italian Renaissance mansion designed by celebrated society architect Maurice Fatio in quintessential Palm Beach style.
The current owner, a tech billionaire, acquired the waterfront estate in 1999 and began extensive renovation, expansion, and modernization efforts. The work continued for four years and won local accolades. Significant efforts preserved the main house’s original architectural integrity while equipping it for modern day luxury living. The quality of the interiors was restored and improved with the addition of museum-worthy decorative mantels, stone reliefs, painted and carved wood ceilings, and much more. Additional structures added to the property provide more living space which now totals more than 60,000-square-feet. The estate includes the palatial main house, an oceanside beach house, and a lakefront boathouse set among beautiful terraced lawns and gardens.
Solid-bronze 14-foot-high gates and dense planting along the properties South Ocean Boulevard exposure provide a bit of privacy. The driveway passes through the gates a short distance and into the entrance of the walled motor court. The inner court provides access to the home’s main entrance as well as passage to the service court and garages beyond. A three-story tower rises at the intersection of two wings creating a dramatic visual. In the other direction, a series of grass terraces create another dramatic vista. The entire property unfolds itself in visually appealing planned, measured increments.
The main house spreads out as a series of pavilions connected by cloisters, starting here in the grand double-height entrance hall with double staircase. A gallery passes through the space across the front, above the entrance. The modernization included replacing the old windows and doors with all new, hurricane-proof, bronze impact windows and doors and the discreet integration of modern technological systems.
The 50-foot living room, shown here and in the opening photo arranges with two seating areas, each created with traditional furnishings gathered on antique rugs beneath large Italian chandeliers. The room features gleaming Parquet de Versailles floors and beautiful shield-decorated coffered ceilings with medallion details, carvings, painting and gold leaf accents. There is also a handsome marble mantel and significant architectural framing. The arching French doors provide excellent sunset views over Lake Worth.
The formal dining room continues the grandeur created in the living room. The generously scaled room features walnut floors in a herringbone design beneath a 16th-century carved, painted, and gilt accented ceiling. An Italian Baroque giltwood mirror and a pair of sconces decorate the space above the over-sized fireplace. A large multi-tiered Murano glass chandelier suspends above the dining table surrounded with upholstered seating. The gracious room stands ready for elegant entertaining in the Palm Beach tradition.
The superbly appointed chef’s kitchen is spacious enough for the staff to accommodate dinner preparations for any number of guests. The room includes three large islands, granite counter-tops, custom appliances, a cypress ceiling, and reclaimed rustic stone floors.
The home also has plenty of rooms for less formal entertainment and recreation. The media room groups comfy traditional seating in typical conversation style before a descending screen and projector. The room has acoustically insulated walls integrated with sound technology.
The walnut-paneled billiards room includes a full bar with marble counter-tops and a marble-framed fireplace. A family room, library, and a home office complete the main level.
The current owner is a collector of fine wines and added a carved limestone, temperature-controlled wine cellar with a capacity for more than 20,000 bottles, and a second cellar that accommodates another 1,000 crates on the ground level. There is also a home gym and spa to complete the space down here.
A graceful, meandering staircase with decorative wrought-iron rail leads up to the second level of the home in both the master and the guest bedroom wings. There are also two elevators.
The waterfront estate holds a total of 10 bedrooms, 14 full baths and 12 half baths.
The main residence centers on a central courtyard that opens beyond its side wings into a series of terraced lawns leading down to the lake. A loggia forms a portion of one wing that is open to the central courtyard and gives passage to a rear terraced lawn with a pool. Again, the estate is designed around perfectly planned perspectives. Every view is meant to impress and inspire awe in the visitor and contentment in the owner. The manicured lawns include palms and specimen trees, formal planning, multiple water features, and a Koi pond.
On the lake, the owner built a boathouse with two motorized boat launches, an elevator, and a two-bedroom guest apartment on the upper level.
On the ocean side of the residence, the road cuts through the property. So, the owner built an immediate waterfront two-bedroom beach house centered around an infinity-edge pool. An underground tunnel that runs beneath the road provides private access from the main house.
The town granted the estate landmark status in 1980. The extensive renovation and thoughtful expansion have restored the historic residence to its original glory. The complete, yet discreet modernization has fully equipped the great estate for contemporary luxury living ensuring its ability to carry on in the Palm Beach tradition for generations.
Luxury Waterfront Estate Listing
That concludes our design inspiration for today, my friend. This luxurious Waterfront Estate on Billionaire’s Row in Palm Beach happens to be on the market. If you would like more info, check out the listing with Sotheby’s. Today’s post is a peek at what a home priced in the nine-figure range looks like these days.
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