Beautifully conceived by famed Swiss architect Maurice Fatio in 1932 and recently landmarked, this European-style two-story residence combines elegantly detailed yet warm formal areas with beautiful, comfortable casual spaces. High ceilings and crown moldings on both levels accentuate the scale of the rooms. Original Spanish tile and terrazzo floors have been scrupulously maintained and the hardwood floors are perfectly restored. There are original carved fireplaces in the living room and four original bedrooms. Distinct sleeping quarters ensure privacy and space.
The formal living room, with its Dade pine paneled walls and wood floors, leads to a covered loggia with a hand-painted wall mural. The terrazzo-floored family room has a wall of arched windows overlooking a mature landscape that includes fruit trees and endless flowering vines. An orchid slat house with an outdoor shower and a barbecue grill are just beyond the family room. The large pool and myriad gathering areas set the tone for easy entertaining. A guest foyer and separate staircase lead to a private 3-bedroom, 2-bath guest wing, above the over-sized 2-car garage. Complete with deeded beach access, Villa Las Carpas offers true estate living with convenient access to all contemporary needs.
Via Bellaria, Palm Beach, Florida. This charming compound is north of Mar-a-Lago and just down the street from its own sugar sand beach. It is readily accessible to the Michelin star dining and the world-class designer shopping found in-town along famed Worth Avenue, or mid-town at The Royal Poinciana Plaza. Award-winning golf and tennis facilities abound at nearby private clubs. Social events occur at The Breakers and Mar-a-Lago, the Flagler Art Museum and Four Arts Gardens. Private banking institutions abound along Royal Palm Way. Private and commercial air service is available at the Palm Beach International Airport a mere 15+/- minutes away.
An L-shaped driveway, defined by perfectly manicured hedge walls, follows the line of the house, past the guest foyer, to the 2-bay garage. Mature trees create a natural privacy barrier that opens in back to a perfectly manicured lawn surrounding the pool, while glorious palms, shrubs and flowering vines trim the residence with old-world charm.
This beautifully designed residence has been expanded and completely updated over the years to include 9 bedrooms, 9.3 baths, and 2 garage bays in a total of 10,125+/- square feet. From the gleaming Spanish tile, terrazzo and hardwood floors, to the hand-painted mural and beamed ceiling of the covered loggia, beautifully carved fireplaces, living room paneling, custom moldings and built-ins, this residence conveys sublime grace and European style balanced with modern ease.
First Floor: Two distinct two-story wings are connected by a one-story formal living room, with pine paneled walls and wood floors, that looks out on a covered loggia, with Spanish tile and hand-painted wall mural, to a pool and garden view. The east wing includes a gracious tiled entry foyer, with powder room and tiled staircase. The foyer yields to a formal dining room, with a decidedly Florentine feel, that opens to an elongated family room, with terrazzo floor, wood ceiling treatment and a wall of arched windows facing the trellis-covered patio with pool view. The dining room is well served by the gourmet chef's kitchen complete with butler's pantry, granite-topped island with wine storage, custom cabinetry, top-of-the line appliances and separate breakfast area. An elevator and powder room border a separate guest foyer with private staircase. The oversized 2-bay garage connects to a gym/storage room and cabana bath, beyond which lies the orchid greenhouse. The west wing includes two airy bedroom suites, one currently in use as an office.
Second Floor: The east wing includes spacious his and hers master bedroom suites (his with a private south-facing balcony), complete with wood floors, ensuite baths (hers with a separate tub and a bidet), walk-in closets, and French doors that connect them to a shared sun terrace. Beyond his master suite are three additional guest bedrooms (one now used as a sitting room), each with walk-in closet and ensuite bath, and a laundry room. The west wing includes two guest bedroom suites, one with a balcony overlooking the pool.
Special features include: separate 2.5 bedroom guest apartment with living room, central vacuum, whole house generator, elevator, screened loggia, summer kitchen, outdoor shower, greenhouse, additional parking in the west motor court, deeded beach access by easement.
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- 9 full / 3 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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