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Beyond the Hedges: Relic of Cielito Lindo estate exits market

Posted On: 12-14-2012

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Staff Writer

One of Palm Beach’s endearing reminders of The Grand Life during the Roaring ’20s changed hands recently in the form of a Mediterranean-style house at 145 Kings Road that sold for a recorded $2.3 million.

Girard P. Brownlow III sold the two-story, four-bedroom house to a limited liability company controlled by Kathy Deane-Krantz.

The renovated house was once part of the fabled Cielito Lindo estate, Jessie Woolworth Donahue’s massive ocean-to-lake mansion finished in 1927 in the Estate Section, just north of rival Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Mar-a-Lago. Cielito Lindo was subdivided in the late 1940s into five houses to make way for the then-new Kings Road, which went straight through what had been the mansion’s living room.

The house that sold last month is reputed to have been the estate’s tea pavilion, a de-rigueur architectural accessory for the society set before the stock market crash of 1929 slowed the demand for grand homes like the one built for the dime-store heiress and her husband, James Donahue. It also may have been used to house staff for Cielito Lindo, which was designed by society architect Marion Sims Wyeth.

Agent Sharon Queeney-Weintz of Valore Group Real Estate shared the listing for the house with Rodney J. Dillard of Illustrated Properties Real Estate, where Queeney-Weintz used to work. The asking price for the house – with nearly 5,000 square feet of living space, inside and out — was $2.85 million.

Seller Brownlow’s career has included executive positions with life-insurance and investment-banking firms. With ties to Tennessee, he owned the house with his ex-wife, Irene Leatherman, until their divorce. She relinquished her share of it this year via a quit-claim deed dated Aug. 4, property records show.

Agent Sonja Abrahamsen-Stevens of Fite Shavell & Associates was on the buyer’s side of the sale.

The house is the first residence Deane-Krantz has owned in Palm Beach, although she has visited here since she was young. She and her husband, retail consultant Richard Krantz, “really fell in love with the house,” she said. “It’s very special, was well-built and has been beautifully preserved.”

A seventh-generation New Yorker, Deane-Krantz recently retired as president and CEO of The Tobe Report, which provides consumer-based trend research and business analysis for the fashion industry. She is also the co-author of Bermuda Spirit, a photography book about Bermuda, where she and her husband have vacationed for years. Sales of the book benefit several Bermuda-based charities.

 

Source: Darrell Hofheinz, December 14, 2012, Palm Beach Daily News

http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/lifestyles/home/beyond-the-hedges-relic-of-cielito-lindo-estate-ex/nTTj8/

 

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