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Chilean Avenue townhome was right choice for PB couple

Posted On: 10-10-2014

By Christine Davis Special to the Daily News

Changes over time. That’s something homeowner Irwin Saltzman knows well.

Saltzman bought his three-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath townhome at 431 Chilean Ave. in 2004. Its size was just right — at the time — with 4,868 square feet of living space, inside and out.

Completed in 2002, the townhouse was developed by Howard and Stuart Wexelman of Redpath Investment Corp. in Boca Raton. Irvin had recently remarried, and his new wife, Barbara, wanted a home they would choose together, Irvin explains.

“I was out looking at properties, and Barbara called me saying she thought I should look at this (property). And I walked in the front door and said I’d take it. She said, ‘You are not negotiating?’ And I said, ‘Do you want the house or not?’ And she said she loved the house, so I bought it.

”And he loved it, too. But after Barbara’s death in 2012, he found he needed more room to accommodate visits by his extended family, which includes five children, two stepchildren, 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

“I didn’t have enough room, not enough bedrooms or parking spaces. And the family visits often,” Saltzman said.

So he’s already moved to a home a few blocks away with almost double the square footage, and has, in turn, offered his townhome for sale through agent Trina Lane of Fite Shavell & Associates for $4.595 million.

The two-story building has the exterior trimmings typical of the Mediterranean style, including a barrel-tile roof and arched windows. The front door, too, is arched and distinguished by a frontispiece.

One approaches the house via a brick driveway through gates and a line of hedges.

“The interior of the house is just perfect,” Saltzman said. “The house was not furnished, and the interior decorator was my wife.

”The architectural details gave her a good start, with mahogany trim around the windows, and French doors and decorative moldings and ceilings throughout. There are travertine floors in the main areas, hardwood in the master bedroom and wall-to-wall carpeting in the guest bedrooms.

In the living room, details include an elaborate curvilinear tray ceiling and a stone mantel at the fireplace. Windows have mahogany plantation shutters, and French doors access the pool set amid landscaping that the Saltzmans had redesigned.

The dining room features a coffered ceiling offset with dentil molding, and the island-style kitchen and breakfast room have beamed ceilings. The kitchen has granite countertops, white custom cabinetry and professional grade appliances.

Off of the breakfast room through a large archway is a family room. Both rooms, offer views of the pool area.

The center hallway just off of the foyer features a wrought-iron balcony and an open-arched partition doubles as a sculpture niche. Nearby are the home’s elevator, laundry area and entry into the two-car garage.

Upstairs, both guest bedrooms have marble-appointed bathrooms. The master suite has an adjoining sitting room and two bathrooms, also with marble detailing. French doors in the master bedroom open to a Juliet-style balcony that overlooks the pool.

While Saltzman did not make structural changes, he added a full-house generator and a tankless hot-water system. He also replaced the pool heater and installed an energy-efficient air-conditioning system.

“The location is great,” he said. “It’s close to everything and has been a delightful house to live in.

”Not that he spends all that much time at home. His extended family lives in wide-ranging locations, as far flung as England, Arizona and the state of Washington.

“I’m blessed with a family where everyone gets along,” he said. “It’s kind of fun. When my son who lives in England remarried, we all just jumped on planes and went over.

”Still, it’s always nice to return home. Originally from Pennsylvania, Saltzman has lived in town since 2000.

“I love Palm Beach,” he said. “It’s a great community.” 

 

Source: Christine Davis, October 10, 2014, Palm Beach Daily News

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