|4 El Bravo Way|
|Palm Beach, FL 33480|
|Web ID: 3241|
“El Castillo”, By Addison Mizner
Truly One of Palm Beaches most distinguished Estates
Lovingly Restored Utilizing The Finest Craftsmanship And Adding 21st C. Amenities
A 1920 Mediterranean Revival was originally commissioned by John F. Harris of the “Harris, Winthrop and Company’ of New York. NYC Mizner created a 4 story Mirador Castle, inspired by the 16th century Portuguese styles from his travels in Spain, and gave the Estate the name "El Castillo". A “mirador” is a tower attached to a building which provides extensive views, so that Harris could have endless views of the waters and stars. The house is abounding with history and happiness. The detail and quality of times past and present are in every detail of the Estate.
“El Castillo” was presented “The Ballinger Award” in 2009 ( By: The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach), for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation of a historic architecture Foundation chairman John Mashek noted that "In restoring a unique house, they have maintained a wonderful sense of the past while creating a contemporary environment geared toward today's Palm Beach lifestyle."
Amazingly, over the past nearly 100 years, each steward of the home has consciously maintained the unique, and now historically significant, original features installed by the noted architects who put their stamp on the home.
Original design features include:
· Mizner Industries patterned Cuban tiles, in terracotta, as well as very rare dark blue, black and turquoise, are throughout the public rooms of the home
· Dade County Pine flooring in all other rooms
· Hand carved pecky cypress and painted decorative ceilings, each unique with original stenciling from Mizner Industries Craftsman
· 4 Imported fireplaces
· Mahogany 'linen fold' doors and pull-down functional sun window shutters
· Mizner designed light fixtures, iron railings and all iron curtain rods, all hand made
· An Otis Elevator of NYC? (Fully restored and all new mechanicals)
· Volk designed pool cabana and pool, restored with modern mechanicals, finishes and lighting
Today, El Castillo features a main house with 6 bedrooms, 7 full baths and 4 half baths; a pool house with 2 full baths; and a very large guest, or caretakers, apartment complete with bedroom, bath, kitchen and living room. The fourth floor “Mirador Gathering Room” is truly the heart of the home. And the fifth floor roof top lounge, complete with bar and built in wrap around lounge seating offers a truly unique outdoor, with its sweeping views of Palm Beach Island.
Inspired by the history and alluring spirit of the home, the current owners engaged the finest local Florida craftsmen to meticulously restore the original features and to reproduced and replicate key design elements throughout the modern enhancements. Impeccable care was given to the faithful restoration and renovation work. The Cuban tiles and Dade Pine floors were renewed. The pedestal sinks and hardware in the half baths were restored. The original Otis elevator was renovated to its original design glory, both decoratively and mechanically. A modern open kitchen and family room wing was added to the home. All hardware installed in the home was exactly replicated from the original; the door handles, knobs, iron railings and hinges introduced throughout the new kitchen, baths, bedrooms and hallways. Handmade Mahogany framed, impact resistant windows were installed throughout the home, each one being custom made so to not take away from the original lines/look.
In the bedroom areas of the home, all the reconfiguring and renovations were done in keeping with the original design ethic of the home and are nearly impossible to discern. All full baths were renovated to include Cypress and Mahogany vanities nickel hardware and large marble tiles. Walk in closets were created. A large laundry room with two washers and dryers, folding and ironing areas was added on the second floor.
Not to be forgotten, the landscape and hardscape of the estate, seemingly endless, were improved as well. Designed by Mario Nivera, the gardens of the home are rooms unto themselves. From the home and the covered patio, the large East Lawn graciously to the Volk designed Pool house and elegant pool. The pool was restored with modern mechanicals and lighting. Anchored by a gracious Banyan Tree, the expansive South lawn features a stunning imported fountain wall imported. Large oversized marble pathways link the grounds to several Loggias, pool cabana and outdoor dining areas. Exceptionally accented by the lighting designs of Greg Yale, the grounds perfectly unite the history with modern outdoor living.
Private yet Sociable.
Sophisticated yet Enchanted.
Romantic yet Modern.
Rich in History yet Uniquely Today.
Come visit and envision El Castillo as your new home.
|Offered As:||Sale||Living Sq Ft:||11,858|
|Year Built:||1925||Tax Amount:||96,789|
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