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1920s-era house on Atlantic Ave. brims with Mediterranean-style details

Posted On: 12-19-2014

By Christine Davis Special to the Daily News

Pam and Brad Miller had always talked about wanting to own a 1920s Mediterranean-style home in Palm Beach. But when they moved in 1996 to Palm Beach County from St. Louis, they instead chose a vintage home in West Palm Beach’s historic El Cid neighborhood off Flagler Drive.

As it turned out, though, that house just fanned their desire.

“It was a fabulous house, with all the classic Mizner-esque details and guest apartment. But we wanted to live in Palm Beach,” said Brad Miller, who with his wife works at the Corcoran Group as a real estate agent.

So before the dust had even settled after they moved in, a new house-hunt was on. It took three years for the Millers to find their 1925-era Palm Beach home, which they bought in 1999.

The couple recalled how they not only liked the look of the four-bedroom house at 162 Atlantic Ave. but also its location in the ocean block, two blocks south of Wells Road and two houses in from North County Road.

They also were happy that the property was in good condition. Over the years, previous owners had replaced the outdated plumbing and electrical systems as well as the roof, Pam Miller said.

“We did the decorating, cleaned it up and made minor changes,” she said, including adding a new downstairs bathroom.

Today, the four bedroom house has three bathrooms and two half-baths, along with 4,495 square feet of living space, inside and out. And although they describe the two-story house as their dream home, the Millers say it’s time to downsize. They have listed the property for sale through the Corcoran Group for $4.245 million and are acting as owner-agents.

“We don’t know the house’s history,” Pam Miller said. “We tried to do some research, but we couldn’t find its architect. But the finishes tell us that he had to be working with one of the top architects, because of its scale, the columns and the window openings. It had to be a very knowledgeable person.

”Among the exterior details are a stucco façade, an ornate frontispiece around the covered entry, a “Juliet”-style balcony and a barrel-tile roof.

The front door opens onto the foyer and the main hall, where a staircase is adorned with tile risers and a wrought-iron banister. Windows on the stair wall have their original stained glass.

To the east, the living room is entered through side-by-side Roman arches supported by Corinthian columns. Arches, in fact, are a repeated design element in the house. On the north wall of the living room are three windows capped with arched fanlight above. On the room’s east wall, a series of arches and columns flank the fireplace and open to the den. And to the south, another archway leads to the dining room.

A pecky-cypress door separates the dining room from the breakfast room. The dining room also has a pair of French doors that open to the patio and the pool area.

The adjacent kitchen provides access to the two-car garage and connects to the dining room and stair hall. With a center-island floor plan, the kitchen is equipped with stainless-steel appliances. The wood cabinetry has a light finish, and there are granite countertops and a tiled backsplash. Nearby is a butler’s pantry.

Features in many rooms speak to the era that the house was built — 9-foot ceilings, original Cuban-tile floors and pecky-cypress stenciled beamed ceilings.

“The cast stone around the (living room) fireplace is very decorative and carved, the plaster work in the foyer looks like stonework and the ceiling in each room has a unique coloration,” Pam Miller said.

Those colors include classic reds, greens, marigold yellow and periwinkle blue, accented with variations, she added.

On the second floor, a master suite with a sitting room occupies the house’s north section. The suite has a private balcony, and the bathroom features the original tile.

Also upstairs are a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and two more guest bedrooms that share a bathroom, which also boasts its original tile.

“All the closets are walk-in closets,” said Pam Miller, noting that homes built in the 1920s typically don’t have that feature.

Back on the first floor, she said the circular floor plan helps organize traffic flow during parties.“This has been a great house for entertaining,” she said. “We have given a million parties here.”


Source: Christine Davis, December 19, 2014, Palm Beach Daily News

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