Monday, October 26, 2015
Built around 1930 by socialite Ethel Tyng, the auditorium had 20’+ high ceilings and a cork floor for acoustics and in its latest life became a stunning Great Room. “Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930” states that as a theater presentations included concerts, plays and other performances. The estate must have been a Southampton hub of culture.
CBS Founder, William S. Paley, is a former owner. Paley was a glamourous figure, a visionary who made CBS a dominant force in radio and tv. This estate was an impressive showcase, and not Paley’s only residence.
Located on seven acres, the three-bedroom, 5500 sq ft house encompasses a pool, pool house, guest cottage, garage with staff quarters, greenhouse and caretaker’s cottage.
The style of the day was Art Deco, and in keeping with that style, some details remain such as a peacock insert on the front door.
Now owned by a former Morgan Stanley Managing Director, who bought Paley’s property in the 1990’s, the seller says it is on the market now because, “we just think it’s time.”
Looking for a historic home? There are currently six properties in Palm Beach and one in Gulf Stream that are listed for between $11,900,000 and $59,000,000. There are 305 historic homes listed in Palm Beach County from $10,000 (2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 980 sq ft) and up. For more information and showings, or to learn more about listing your property, contact Marilyn Jacobs at 561-302-3388. Marilyn is with Weichert Realtor Health & Joseph in Wellington, Florida.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
LOCAL RENTAL MARKET
TOUGH these days for you and those you love to find the rental of your dreams at the price you want to pay. Rentals have gone up in the past year, especially on the waterfront or near a thriving downtown area like Delray Beach or Boca Raton. Demand is strong from those who want an ocean view to those who want to be near amenities, entertainment and restaurants.
Many prospects call me and give me addresses and MLS numbers for units they saw online… but most are already rented!
When you see a rental you like: GRAB IT or next week someone else will.
One great reason to focus on rentals is that each year you can move to a different “scenario” and perhaps eventually find where you want to stay, and we at Weichert Realtors, Health& Joseph, have LOADS OF RENTAL LEADS to tell you about.
If you have the information about a unit you want to see, give me a call and let’s go look! SOME units are negotiable, some are not. Some take pets, restricting them by weight, some do not. Some are for age 55+, some are for all ages.
Good luck with your search… let me make your search easier!
Weichert Realtors, Heath & Joseph, Wellington, Florida
Thursday, October 22, 2015
On Monday, October 26th, at 6pm in the Rosenthal Lecture Room at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s offices, the ultimate, true, decaying “in need of preservation” haunted house documentary Grey Gardens (1975) will be shown just in time for Halloween.
The event is for CURRENT 2015-2016 MEMBERS ONLY. Only reserved seating is available. Those who wish to attend must be a member of the Preservation Foundation and should call 561.832.0731, ext. 111 to reserve a seat. Email responses are NOT accepted.
PLEASE NOTE, ONCE THE FILM BEGINS (6 pm) THERE IS NO ADMITTANCE.
Grey Gardens is a 1975 American documentary film by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive upper class women, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who lived at Grey Gardens, a derelict mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. Known as Big and Little Edie Beale—high-society dropouts, mother and daughter, reclusive cousins of Jackie O.—they thrive together amid the decay and disorder of their ramshackle East Hampton mansion. An impossibly intimate portrait and an eerie echo of the Kennedy Camelot, Albert and David Maysles’s Grey Gardens quickly became a cult classic and established Little Edie as a fashion icon and philosopher queen.
In 2010 the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". In a 2014 Sight and Sound poll, film critics voted Grey Gardens the joint ninth best documentary film of all time.
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, known as "Big Edie", and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale, known as "Little Edie", were the aunt and the first cousin, respectively, of former US First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The two women lived together at the Grey Gardens estate for decades with limited funds in increasing squalor and isolation.
The house was designed in 1897 by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe and purchased in 1923 by "Big Edie" and her husband Phelan Beale. After Phelan left his wife, "Big Edie" and "Little Edie" lived there for more than 50 years. The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist.
Throughout the fall of 1971 and into 1972, their living conditions—their house was infested by fleas, inhabited by numerous cats and raccoons, deprived of running water, and filled with garbage and decay—were exposed as the result of an article in the National Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine after a series of inspections (which the Beales called "raids") by the Suffolk County Health Department. With the Beale women facing eviction and the razing of their house, in the summer of 1972 Jacqueline Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill provided the necessary funds to stabilize and repair the dilapidated house so that it would meet village codes.
Albert and David Maysles became interested in their story and received permission to film a documentary about the women, which was released in 1975 to wide critical acclaim. Their direct cinema technique left the women to tell their own stories.
The film will be followed by a showing of the short film comedy Documentary Now! – Sandy Passage (2015) which is a satirical ode to Grey Gardens.
Monday, October 19, 2015
BREAKING RECORDS, WEST PALM BEACH CONDO SALES
Looking for a high floor luxurious condo with unobstructed views of the ocean, Palm Beach and the Intracoastal Waterway? Open your checkbooks folks and check out the Bristol which soon will break ground and units will be move-in ready in 2018.
Condos start at $4.5mm and reach $25mm and are delivered completely furnished. Developers’ goal is to create “the most luxurious, high-end condominium ever built in South Florida.” Other new condo complexes are under construction in West Palm Beach, with 20+ condo and multifamily units planned or under construction, but below these prices. They will total over 4000 new units. Close to Palm Beach Island, interest has been generated in the Bristol among Palm Beachers with Palm Beach Island being built-out, and town’s strict height and density requirements. Going from a 10-room house to a 10,000 sq ft condo has its merits. Lack of inventory brings folks to the new complexes.
The BRISTOL is 25 stories high, has Five Star Resort amenities, and two units for over $14mm are already under contract right now! A penthouse unit is available for about $25mm. No condos on the first four floors to ensure ocean views. Floors 5-17 will have four units each and 18th floor up, each level will have larger residences, with a single penthouse on each of the top two floors. Ceilings will be 11’high or more.