Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday Night House Shopping. Spanish Colonial Revival Real Estate in Palm Beach .

Likely the original color of stucco..Pink stucco with turquoise trim was very common in the 20's and 30's

Herringbone brick patten in fireplace...delicious green painted surround. I love the half baked plant on the mantle..

Details of fireplace.

Pecky Cyprus ceiling beams with original stenciling and paint.

Limestone walls and stairs. Note the arches and columns. I do love this hallway. I try to imagine how I would decorate it. Mizner was a genius with the use of materials.
Iron ceiling pendant...looks original to house. Note the painted ceiling.

Beautiful carvings.  This house is historically significant.

Maybe this is the staff kitchen. It needs a little curtain under the sink. That wall of green cabinets is fabulous. I hope that is salvaged if and when it is renovated.

The dining room ceiling. Plaster rosettes and medallions. 

the painted ceiling and corbel details.

Today I have more real estate for you. Again, Spanish Colonial and again in Palm Beach where some of the finest examples of Spanish Revival architecture started in Florida and remain today. This house is another Addison Mizner home built in 1925. The LISTING HERE describes it as follows:

"Addison Mizner House
Addison Mizner's''Costa Bella'' retains all of its original details.Grand Ballroom with stenciled pecky cypress ceiling. Large Dining Salon, 2 fireplaces and fabulous plaster ceiling. Reception Room and Massive Stone Stair Hall. 8 Bedrooms with Ocean Views plus 1 staff bedrooms and 1 Bath. 3 Garages and Full Basement."

For almost 9 million I thought the kitchen would be grand and full of Ogee'd granite and an excessive stove, however this one appears original and to me....beautiful. I just wish someone with 9 million doesn't have an extra 300 grand to ruin it. It does need an update though.

Next is a home built in 1927...$7,800,000.00. I not usually a fan of mansions, but his one has such appeal to me because it is authentically updated and looks well lived in. I like humble kitchens, and this one is not too grand. You can view the entire listing HERE. It is described in the listing as follows.

" This charming Mediterranean residence is located on desirable Clarke Avenue. Situated on a large lot in town the property has both a formal entrance on Clarke Avenue and a service entrance off the private back alley way. The home offers 6,094 total square feet with 4 bedrooms, 4 baths in the main house and 3 bedrooms, 3 baths in the guest/pool house. Exquisite features include pecky cypress ceilings, wood and Mexican tile floorings, a large fireplace in the living room, French doors that open to the terrace and pool, an eat-in kitchen and much more."

Classic white stucco, barrel tiled roof and delightful arches. 

I suspect that this tiled area right of the pillars was once a loggia, (covered gallery or corridor open to the air on one side) Many houses from this era has loggias that led to other areas of the house and allowed the house to be cooled. With the arrival of air conditioning, many of these loggias were enclosed and incorporated into the house.

Gorgeous furniture well suited to the house.

Fresh and pretty. Grand enough for the house but not over the top

Another humble kitchen with gorgeous Spanish tiled floor.

Again, a well designed and not over the top pool

Spanish tiled floor with diamond insert and limestone moldings.

Back to back sitting areas create a more intimate space.

The family room.  Now I know whose houses those massive Restoration Hardware sofas fit in.

I would think this pool was raised from ground level because the house appears to be built at grade. From building our Florida pool, I know the pool cannot be set too low because the whole property would drain into it in heavy rain.

Notice the columns at the archways and the pecky cyprus ceiling. I love the rg and the bed and that chair. I'm so impressed with the decorating in this house.
 Next week, I'll show you what the Average Joe can afford in Palm Beach......


  1. I didn't know there were any Average Joe's in PB! Gorgeous homes, Chania. I am intrigued by the smaller kitchens as well, but am guessing that when they were originally built, the owners would not be the ones cooking and therefore didn't care if it was grand or not. I love that hallway in the first house and the the stone walls. It has such a cool look and I'm sure the walls kept it cool in the summers. Thanks for such a treat! Ann

  2. I am really enjoying your real estate posts, featuring Palm Beach. Seeing the detail, the Spanish influence . . . the style . . . the sense of opulence yet comfortable and a feeling, for me, of commonness, easy. Surprised at the kitchens in each of these two. Looking forward to seeing an Average Joe PB HOME too . . .

  3. Lovely homes. I would personally love to live in the $7M...a bit more me! But the Average Joe next week is what I really am more suited too! Enjoying this Monday post.

  4. That bedroom, above, is stunning! The fireplace, 2nd image, i so pretty as well. Pretty post all around, Chania! Hope all's well.

  5. Yes Chania, that first place would do just fine, thank you very much! Beautiful house and all the details you mentioned. Loved that little kitchen!

  6. gorgeous.......a girl can dream!

  7. I'd take the first one in a heartbeat, it's perfect...every square inch!
    xo J~

  8. We have just returned from a lovely week in Spain and before we went we were a little concerned that the resort may be too quiet for us in terms of music bars / live entertainment and decent quality restaurants. We were very happy with what we found there and wondered. remax ibiza


I love to read each and every comment and are thrilled that you take the time to send one. Thank you so much. Chania