Bermuda-style landmark on Palm Beach’s North End listed at $ 5.2 million


Mary Magee has long-standing ties to Palm Beach. Her late parents, Ronald and Louise Craigmyle, began wintering here in the 1950s, and she visited them often.

Then, in 2009, she moved to Locust Valley Island on Long Island in New York City and bought a 1940s house at 284 Monterey Road.

“I looked at lots and lots of houses, and they all looked the same or just looked like a house with rooms and walls,” she recalls. “When I saw this house for the first time, I said to myself: this is not a house, it is a house.

She also liked the property’s location at the intersection of North Lake Way, 10 blocks north of the Palm Beach Country Club. “I love the North End. It’s warm, friendly and safe, ”she says.

She now plans to be closer to her son who lives in Palm Beach Gardens and, as such, she has listed her four bedroom, three bathroom home, with 2,151 square feet of living space inside and outside, with agents Nicole Guari and Mae. Ferguson of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They have it priced at $ 5.2 million.

Loving its vintage vibe, eight years ago, she submitted the Bermuda-style home to the city’s Landmark Preservation Committee, who granted it a Landmark designation, preserving its street exteriors from alterations unless they were approved by the board of directors.

The 1941 home was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth with typical Bermuda-style architectural features, including a stucco-clad exterior and shutters on the windows.

The house, completed in 1941, was designed by master architect Marion Sims Wyeth, founding partner of Wyeth and King, and built by contractor and developer EB Walton Inc., most likely as a speculative investment, according to the designation report. history of the city. The company was founded by Ernest Benjamin Walton Sr., whose career began during the boom era of the 1920s.

The report takes note of the architectural elements characteristic of the Bermuda style – exterior walls clad in stucco, shutters on the windows, hipped roofs covered with white tiles and a fireplace with a geometric windbreak.

The hall leads to the living room and the veranda, both in the center of the residence. The veranda opens onto a covered patio overlooking the pool, as does the dining area in the east wing.

In the east wing are also the kitchen, the garage for one car and a master bedroom with a separate entrance. In the west wing are two guest bedrooms, which share a bathroom, as well as the master bedroom, where further patio doors open onto the swimming pool.

The original oak floors are found in most of the rooms, with the exception of the tiled floors in the veranda, kitchen and bathrooms.

A picture window overlooks the front yard of the iconic house at 284 Monterey Road.  The house is listed for sale at $ 5.2 million.

Magee loved vintage kitchens so much that when it came time to replace the stove, she looked for one that would be compatible with the house’s original era. It is difficult to say, in fact, that the stove is a modern appliance.

“It was the kind of kitchen that I grew up with and had in my previous house, and it really made the house feel like ‘home’. And that made it even harder for me to find an oversized 1940 style range with the right dimensions, ”she says.

Among his favorite elements in the house are the floor-to-ceiling window in the living room, as well as the fireplace.

“I rebuilt the fireplace,” she says. “It works wonderfully. “

It also replaced the air conditioning and modernized the swimming pool.

She also enjoyed spending time in her veranda, which has a beamed ceiling.

“It runs the entire length of the living room with lots of patio doors and lots of light,” she says.

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