In the rarefied environs of Palm Beach, architect Addison Mizner will likely be revered forever for revolutionizing the area’s residential architecture in the 1920s with his fanciful interpretations of Mediterranean style.
His lavish designs were preferred by the well-heeled denizens of that exclusive resort community in the early 20th century, and this impressive Venetian-style estate, landmarked by the town, epitomizes the splendor and grace for which Mizner and his community are still celebrated.
Casa del Ensueños, one of the architect’s rare lakefront designs, revels in it its roots, retaining the Old World beauty of Mizner’s vision. The six-bedroom main residence is a proper palazzo, its lavish 14,397-square-foot interiors reflecting the regal, opulent style for which Mizner was known.
Its timeless barrel-tiled roof cuts a distinctive silhouette, and elaborate window treatments create an eye-catching façade. Spaces throughout display uncommonly classical original detailing: graceful arched ceilings with impeccable stonework, numerous ornate fireplaces, dramatically soaring ceilings with carved beams, cathedral windows, sculpted plasterwork, majestic marble floors, romantic balconies overlooking the water, and above an arched waterfront passage, an elevated walkway that recalls the Vasari Corridor in Florence.
Throughout, expanses of windows admit abundant views of the all-important water.
The property measures nearly 1.5 acres of vibrant greenery fronting Lake Worth. Enveloping the home is a swath of lush tropical gardens dotted with paths, statuary, and fountains as well as an enchanting medieval-inspired maze.
A serene cabaña accompanies the alluring swimming pool, augmenting the opportunity for the grandest indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.
Steps away, the nonlandmarked but equally gratifying guesthouse includes three restful bedrooms, living and dining rooms, a kitchen and breakfast room, a library, a den, a hobby room, and a private loggia. A dock with a boatlift encourages all manner of delightful water sports.
$32,500,000 / Palm Beach, FL 33480