There are some homes designed by renowned architects whose designs have stood the test of time, well suited to their physical location and environment. In Palm Beach, Florida where wealth could buy the very best, architect Marion Sims Wyeth designed fabulous mansions including President Trump’s Southern White House, Mar-a-Lago, which he originally designed for heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post in the 1920s. Carefully constructed using old world crafters, many of his homes are more important today than they were when originally built, including his own family home. Wyeth also designed the Florida Governor’s Mansion and Shangri La, Doris Duke’s home in Hawaii.
One of Wyeth’s homes, Lemon Hill, has just come on the market. Built in 1939 and tucked away on 2.63 private tropical acres at the end of a canal leading into the Intracoastal Waterway, it is a stately compound with waves of its namesake lemon colors on the home’s walls and borders and an impressive entrance surrounded by emerald lawns and tropical plantings. Located along A1A in Gulfstream, equidistant between Palm Beach and Boca Raton, it is close to the ocean, world-class shopping, posh dining and many cultural attractions. The small wealthy community of Gulfstream has an island feel and the ambience of Old Florida during its Gilded Age with its beautiful mansions and tropical landscaping. Wyeth favored the use of wood-beamed ceilings, Cuban tile floors and pecky cypress along with generous sized rooms with large windows that would open the house to the trade winds.
The two-story main house at 6,206 square feet has four bedrooms, six baths, large formal rooms with high ceilings and fireplaces, a cypress-paneled library that opens to the pool terrace and a large kitchen and breakfast room to service a large family or for entertaining. Between the main house, guest house, pool house and maid’s quarters, there are a total of seven bedrooms and twelve baths. It also includes an elevator, hurricane shutters and backup generator. One unusual architectural feature is Wyeth’s use of tall, double French pocket doors both on interior rooms and exterior walls leading to the garden and pool. Designed for outdoor living, the covered outdoor dining area also has an outdoor kitchen with wet bar and refrigeration. The private dock is a perfect spot to watch the Florida sunsets over the water. The last owner, Nancy Cudahy Touhey, was well known for her beautiful fairy gardens on the grounds and she enjoyed serving visitors fresh lemonade squeezed from the lemon trees behind the pool. Co-listing agents are Keith Neff and Quisqueya Neff of Sotheby’s International Realty.
A taste of Old Florida in this pristine waterfront mansion designed by Marion Sims Wyeth, architect of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, priced at $9.495 million.
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