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Beyond the Hedges: Ourismans pays $3.8 million for Beatriz Ford’s lakefront home

Posted On: 04-05-2012

By Darrell Hofheinz 

Updated: 8:19 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012

Posted: 7:43 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012


Former U.S. Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mary M. Ourisman and her husband, businessman Mandell “Mandy” Ourisman, have a new lakefront home on the South End.

The warranty deed recorded in the diplomat’s name on March 29 showed she paid $3.815 million for Beatriz Ford’s Palm Beach Regency-style house at 300 Regents Park Road off South Ocean Boulevard.

Ford, a stalwart on Palm Beach’s charity scene, had shared the house for many years with her late husband, investor and sportsman George Ford, who died in 2004.

In January, Mary Ourisman served as chairwoman of the 55th annual International Red Cross Ball at The Mar-a-Lago Club.

Fite Shavell & Associates had last listed the house at $4.995 million. Fite Shavell agents involved in the deal included Scott M. Gordon, Samantha Curry and Carla Christensen.

Cris Condon of Sotheby’s International Realty represented Ourisman.

The four-bedroom house — with another four bedrooms above the garage for staff — faces the Intracoastal Waterway on a cul-de-sac just south of the Southern Boulevard traffic circle. It was built in 1959 by developer Clarence Mack in the Palm Beach Regency style.

Encompassing more than 7,460 square feet of living space, inside and out, property had been listed at one point for $5.695 million.

Property records show that Mary Ourisman owns two apartments in Palm Beach, one in the Kirkland House on Worth Avenue and the other at the Palm Beach Hotel Condominium.

Ford, meanwhile, has long divided her time between Palm Beach and Newport, R.I., where she owns a residence.

The house is the second in six months to sell on Regents Park Road, which is sometimes referred as Regent Park Road. Last September, Paul Thomas “Tom” Murry, president and CEO of Calvin Klein, and his wife, Lynda, bought the longtime home of the late Louis and Susan Bernstein at No. 100 for a recorded $4.25 million. Agents Wally Turner and Candee Weitzman of Sotheby’s International Realty were the listing agents in that deal, while Tom Shaw of Linda A. Gary Real Estate acted on behalf of the Murrys.

Right before the Murrys bought their home, by the way, the house had been listed at nearly an identical price as the Ourismans’ new home, although No. 100 had about 1,150 fewer square feet of living space.


Source: Darrell Hofheinz, April 5, 2012, Palm Beach Daily News



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