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Landmarked house on El Brillo Way fetches $17.6 million, deed shows

Posted On: 01-09-2016

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Real Estate Writer

Built in 1921 for a dime-store executive, a landmarked oceanfront house at 101 El Brillo Way has changed hands for a recorded $17.6 million in an off-market deal.

The deed recorded today lists The Palm Trust as the buyer, with real estate attorney Maura Ziska acting as trustee. No other information about the trust was immediately available.

The five-bedroom, Mediterranean-style house in the Estate Section was owned for more than 30 years by the late Jean van Waveren, who died in October at 90. She paid $1.7 million for the property in 1983, and it was owned by a revocable trust in her name, property records show.

The two-story house has about 10,500 square feet of living space, inside and out, including an expansive Moroccan-style loggia facing a courtyard and pool that served as a focal point for several of the main rooms. The property also features a broad front lawn stretching toward the sea.

“My mother loved the house,” said her daughter, Mieke van Waveren of Boise, Idaho. “She always called it a ‘small-large’ house. It had such as cozy feeling for being such a sprawling house.”

Noted society architect Marion Sims Wyeth designed the residence, known as Qui Si Sana (“Here is the Cure”). Sources familiar with the property said it is ripe for renovation and restoration, although its exterior walls are protected because of the landmark status the town granted in 1985. Some historical sources erroneously have attributed the house to architect Addison Mizner.

Brown Harris Stevens agent Liza Pulitzer confirmed she handled both sides of the sale but declined further comment.

The property is part of El Bravo Park, one of the first subdivisions platted in the Estate Section. The land was first owned by Frank M. and Anna L. Clement. After they sold it, the land was platted as an ocean-to-lake subdivision with several houses developed there for sale on speculation.

The house’s first owner was Earle Perry Charlton, vice president of F.W. Woolworth & Co. The property is about a mile north of several Wyeth houses that were subdivided from the original Cielito Lindo estate designed in 1927 for Woolworth heiress Jessie Woolworth Donahue.

Built around a courtyard, the house at 101 El Brillo has two main wings, with one stretching along South Ocean Boulevard. The motor court and main entrance face El Brillo Way, where a prominent cartouche distinguishes the front façade. The architecture features signature Mediterranean-style elements, including cast-stone decorations, ornamental brackets, wrought-iron details and a red-clay barrel-tile roof.

A garage and service wing were added sometime after the house was built.

Jean van Waveren, who was divorced, died Oct. 5. Her father founded Tecumseh Products, a manufacturer of small engines and compressors that grew to be an international company. In addition to her Palm Beach residence, she had homes in New York; Nantucket, Mass.; and Greenwich, Conn.

Van Waveren’s children were listed on the deed as successor co-trustees of their mother’s revocable trust. Mieke van Waveren and her brothers, Thymon van Waveren of Clark Fork, Idaho, and Peik van Waveren of Highlands, N.C., each held an interest of 14.82 percent. The trust, meanwhile, had a 55.44 percent ownership interest in the property, the deed shows.

Recorded by the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office, the document lists the address of the trust that bought the property as 101 El Brillo Way.




Source: Darrell Hofheinz, January 8, 2016, Palm Beach Daily News

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