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Marylou Whitney’s husband, John Hendrickson, pays recorded $3M for Keenan home

Posted On: 04-12-2012

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Real Estate Writer

Updated: 9:43 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012

Posted: 8:09 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012

 

Socialite and horse-racing enthusiast Marylou Whitney and husband John F. Hendrickson have a new home in Palm Beach.

Hendrickson has paid a recorded $3 million for James and Susan Keenan’s home, La Casa Regalo, at 233 Tradewind Drive, according to a warranty deed recorded late Wednesday by the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office.

The sale marks the first time Whitney has had a house in Palm Beach since 1993, when she and the estate of her former husband, the late Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, sold the house known as Elephant Walk at 109 Jungle Road. That house was demolished last fall to make way for a new home.

After selling Elephant Walk, Whitney rented property during her visits to the island. For two months this season, she and Hendrickson, whom she married in 1997, leased a house on Regents Park Road, Hendrickson said.

Agents Judge Moss and Martin Conroy of Brown Harris Stevens had set a price of $3.795 million for the four-bedroom house on Tradewind Drive, which has 5,522 square feet of living space, inside and out. Susan Keenan bought it in her name a decade ago for $1.9 million, property records show.

Hendrickson was represented in the deal by agent Elizabeth “Liz” Schuler of Sotheby’s International Realty.

On an interior block three streets north of the Palm Beach Country Club, the house comes with deeded beach rights. Built in 1970 — with a second-floor bedroom area added later — the house also was updated by the Keenans. Its exterior features simple lines and classical details, a signature of the Palm Beach Regency style.

“John and I fell in love with that house the moment we walked in the door,” Whitney said from Lexington, Ky., where the couple was in residence at one of their multiple homes.

The house had been decorated by the firm of Palm Beach interior designer William R. Eubanks, and Whitney was immediately taken with the existing décor. Even so, she had asked her longtime decorator, Stephen Stempler of New York, for his professional opinion.

“He said, ‘I wouldn’t change a thing,’” Hendrickson related, adding that the couple bought many of the furnishings in a separate transaction for an undisclosed amount.

“I was extremely pleased with the transaction,” Susan Keenan said. “I think she has exquisite taste and was so pleased that she loved our home. The house needed the right person. It is warm but it’s also sophisticated. Isn’t it wonderful when you can have a transaction where everyone is happy?”

The house had been on the market a little more than two months, and the deed was dated April 3. The deed lists Susan Keenan as the seller of the house and says she is “joined by” her husband “solely to release any homestead rights/interest that he may have” in the property.

With their house sold, the Keenans are leasing a home in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach, Susan Keenan said.

Previously, Whitney and Hendrickson had chosen more centrally located accommodations for lease, so living on the North End is a departure for them. But the couple won’t miss being in the flight path of Palm Beach International Airport, as they were on Regents Park Road, which is a couple of blocks south of The Mar-a-Lago Club, Hendrickson said.

“We wanted to be away from the airplanes, and I wanted to be close to the bike trail,” Hendrickson said. “It’s a new adventure.”

Although Hendrickson’s residence is listed on the deed as Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the couple owns a number of other residences, including one on Longboat Key. But Hendrickson said that house will be sold, now that Palm Beach is again their South Florida home.

Meanwhile, Margaret S. “Tina” Bilotti is progressing on plans for her new home on the site of Whitney’s old house in the Estate Section. Bilotti, who bought the house for $7.45 million last August through a limited liability company, had Elephant Walk demolished in October.

 

Source: Darrell Hofheinz, April 12, 2012, Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/marylou-whitneys-husband-john-hendrickson-pays-recorded-3m-2300665.html

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