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Family reimagined charms of a Gottfried Regency house with ocean views

Posted On: 11-28-2014

By Christine Davis Special to the Daily News

When the Porreca family bought their Robert Gottfried-built home on South Ocean Boulevard, the architecture had a strong Spanish-style influence, says Vanessa Porreca.

But the late Palm Beach developer was best known for building homes in a different style, which has become known as “Gottfried Regency” — a blend of formal architecture, symmetrical layouts, classical detailing and flat rooflines often decorated with urns or statues.

“I think it started out as a Regency, but previous owners had changed it. At that time, the house was much smaller, but my husband and I loved the ocean views,” said Porreca, who shared the Estate Section house at 1030 S. Ocean Blvd. with her late husband, Nicholas.

With a degree in interior design, she worked with Worth Builders and architect Lindley Hoffman for a year and a half to renovate the house – built in 1976 — to bring it back to Gottfried Regency style.

“We gutted it, taking the house apart, and raised the ceilings, added bedrooms and bathrooms, and put all the floors on one level,” Porreca says. “We added the portico at the entry.

”With another residence in Saddle River, N.J., her family enjoyed their Palm Beach house six months every year for a couple of decades. The property is at the corner of Algoma Road, three streets north of The Mar-a-Lago Club.

But today, with Porreca’s daughters grown, she is preparing to start the next chapter of her life. Accordingly, the five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath house — with 7,542 square feet of living space, inside and out — is listed at $9.95 million through Linda Gary of Linda A. Gary Real Estate Inc. The layout also includes staff quarters with a private entrance.

“I still love the house. We were very happy there. I enjoy sitting in the loggia and looking out over the pool area,” Porreca says.

The revised exterior evinces classic elements of the Gottfried Regency style, with columns supporting a portico that shelters the front door. The façade is detailed with quoins at the corners, window shutters, horizontal banding and a balustrade decoration at the roofline.

Inside are 11-foot ceilings, marble floors in the main areas, carpeted bedrooms and bathrooms with marble appointments.

Visitors step into a foyer decorated with a subtle white-on-white striped wallpaper, crown molding and wood casement moldings surrounding the interior doorways.

The home’s floor plan takes a “U” shape, wrapping around a rear courtyard with a pool and fountain. In the north extension of the “U” are the living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, a cabana and a guest suite, along with a laundry area, the three-car garage and the staff suite, which has a private entrance.

The center-island style kitchen has a butler’s pantry, professional-grade appliances integrated into washed-finished cabinetry and a tile floor.

Comprising the south wing of the house are the master suite and two more guest suites.

The enclosed loggia, just west of the foyer and living room, connects with hallways running the lengths of the north and south wings. Designed for informal entertaining with its built-in wet bar, the room has French doors that can be opened onto the courtyard. Those doors and the room’s expansive windows all have fanlights above them – another classical touch.

“The sizes of the rooms are quite nice, and the loggia doors (to other rooms) are pocket doors, so that when I entertain, I can open them up and use the loggia, courtyard, living room and dining room as one large space,” Porreca says.

The living room, dining room and master suite, meanwhile, have windows capturing dramatic views of the sea.

“We have direct-ocean access, and the girls loved the ocean. I, too, love the ocean, but for me, the joy is in looking at it. To see the sparkling ocean when I open my bedroom drapes in the morning is a gift from God.” 

 

 

Source: Christine Davis , November 28, 2014, Palm Beach Daily News

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