Archive for August, 2013

314 Vizcaya Drive | Mirasol

August 29th, 2013

Beautiful lake views, incredible moldings & ceilings from this upgraded 3BR & den, 1-story home at 314 Vizcaya Drive in Mirasol. Volume ceilings, porcelain floors, open granite kitchen, pool, paver patio & private lake views. The Malaga plan was Mirasol’s most popular because of the flow & the light. The living room with tall windows overlooks the outdoors. The coffered ceiling & crown molding is matched by the dining room’s boxed ceilings. The kitchen has tumbled marble, wood cabinets, gas, and granite counter seating. The family room with built-in entertainment center is off the kitchen. The master is spacious with double crown & coffered ceilings, 2 walk-ins, and an oasis bath. 2 guest suites each have private baths. A den with plantation shutters is the perfect place to gather your thoughts. A waterfall pool in the fenced patio offers relaxation.


314 Vizcaya Drive

314 Vizcaya Drive – Swimming Pool & View

314 Vizcaya Drive | Mirasol

8175 Native Dancer Road E | Steeplechase | Palm Beach Gardens

August 29th, 2013

This stunning, new, 2013 contemporary is on a 1.1-acre premium cul-de-sac lot at 8175 Native Dancer Road E in prestigious gated Steeplechase, the perfect showcase for art/life. Grand volume ceilings, clean architectural lines, and deeply luxurious finishes meet generous expanses of glass to visually connect the timeless, polished interior to the Mediterranean-style waterfall/lap swim/spa & lush landscaping. Natural light ripples & shimmers on “white ice” porcelain with glass overlay floors. Highest quality cook’s creative zone has Wolf appliances, granite, island, custom Euro-style cabinetry, and a generous dining alcove. Gorgeous master suite with oasis bath. All bedrooms have private baths/walk-ins. Exceptional quality, from hurricane windows/doors to convenience electronic chlorine generator.

8175 Native Dancer Road E – aerial view

8175 Native Dancer Road E – Front View at Dusk

8175 Native Dancer Road E – Loggia, swimming pool & view



8175 Native Dancer Road E | Steeplechase | Palm Beach Gardens


25 Blenheim Court | Barclay Club | PGA National

August 28th, 2013

Premium location. 1-story with beautiful L-shaped spa courtyard on a corner lot at 25 Blenheim Court, all enclosed by a CBS wall for maximum privacy & Mediterranean appeal. Five patios! Spacious ranch layout has volume ceilings, glass doors/windows connecting interior space to the courtyard, which features a dual-level all-paver patio & in-ground spa for outdoor entertaining. Super clean with tile floors & rare fireplace. Popular floorplan, open great room/living/dining & split bedrooms. Kitchen has breakfast nook & door to courtyard – great for herb gardens. Light & bright with a generous master suite, comfortable bedrooms, and an elegant foyer/entry area, perfect for setting the tone to this great find in desirable Barclay Club at PGA National. Newer A/C and water heater. Golf, social, and tennis memberships available, but not required.

25 Blenheim Court

25 Blenheim Court – Patio & Spa

When to Auction a Property | 1901 SE Ranch Road | Ranch Colony | Jupiter

August 28th, 2013

The Challenge: an unfurnished, ultra-modern, single-story house with an 80-foot great room as the only non-bedroom area in the entire house. The master bedroom was detached in a seperate pod outside the main house. The house is 7600 square-feet on a 20-acre parcel zoned equestration.

The owners had just built the house and the owner was in poor health. It had been on the market for 1 year with less than 3 showings. The husband died prior to the start of our listing.

The Question: How to get the highest and best price, create traffic and competition?

The Solution: We proposed to furnish the house, price it at $3.9 million (it cost approx. $2.5m), give it high-profile open houses and advertising, and if it didn’t sell by the end of the season, we would partner with an auction company to sell. We were given a bare-bones decorating budget of $45,000, so we furnished it ourselves (having a home furnishings textile background helped greatly), vetted 10 auction houses, got the 4 children involved to make an informed collective decision, and auctioned on 5/24, less than 150 days from when our listing began.

On auction night we had 3 dressage horses and riders and 10 qualified bidders who each wire transferred $50,000 in order to bid. The auction lasted 45 minutes and was a hoot!

While the seller would have been happy to clear $1.4m to $1.5m, the final price including the buyer’s 10% premium was $2,277,000.

1901 SE Ranch Road – aerial view

1901 SE Ranch Road – Night view of the back of the house/living room

1901 SE Ranch Road – A Red Carpet entry for the auction

1901 SE Ranch Road – Rent-a-Horse at the auction!

1901 SE Ranch Road – Men In Black

1901 SE Ranch Road – Auction Time!

Gated Community Humor

August 27th, 2013