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North End house, separate backyard lot fetch $10.2 million

Posted On: 04-03-2017

Two related trusts have paid a combined $10.2 million for a house built in 2010 and an adjacent vacant lot that served as its backyard, both in the 1500 block of North Ocean Way, according to the deed recorded late Friday.

A Caribbean-Georgian-style house at 1558 N. Ocean Way was listed with its vacant backyard lot for $10.695 million in February 2016. photo DAILY NEWS REAL ESTATE WRITER

A Caribbean-Georgian-style house at 1558 N. Ocean Way was listed with its vacant backyard lot for $10.695 million in February 2016. ... Read More

Conveyed via separate deeds, the parcel with the four-bedroom house at 1558 N. Ocean Way and the backyard lot at 1581 N. Ocean Way total nearly seven-tenths of an acre.

Two realty trusts named after each property’s address were the buyers, and each had the same trustee – attorney Thomas J. Harrington, whose office is in Wellesley, Mass. No information about anyone else associated with the trusts was immediately available.

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The vacant lot was sold by retired banker John A. Reid Jr., who has downsized to another Palm Beach house nearby and also has ties to Morristown, N.J., property records show. He joined his sister, Jill Reid Mullan, and her husband, Andrew S. Pederson, also of New Jersey, in selling the house, which the three had bought in 2011 to share as a vacation house, Reid said Monday.

Mullan and Pederson’s plans changed, however, with the recently married couple spending more time in New Jersey, he added.

The house at No. 1558 sold for a recorded $7.6 million, and the vacant lot fetched $2.6 million, the deeds show.

Agents Heather and Craig Bretzlaff of The Corcoran Group acted on behalf of the sellers and had listed the properties together at $10.695 million February 2016.

Agent Ashley Copeland of Brown Harris Stevens handled the buyers’ end of the sales.

Copeland wouldn’t comment about specifics of the deal but did say her clients were not planning to sell the vacant property.

“The appeal of the property was the large lot,” said Copeland, who declined to identify her clients by name.

Measuring 13,000 square feet – or a little less than a third of an acre – the backyard lot had its own title and is a buildable, subdivided parcel.

With Georgian-influenced architecture, the West Indies-style house has 7,593 square feet of living space, inside and out, and stands a block from the beach.

The Bretzlaffs also represented Reid when he paid a recorded $4 million for a four-bedroom, 5,317-square-foot house at 1494 N. Ocean Blvd. in March 2016. It had been listed by agent Thor Brown of The Fite Group.

Architect Peter Papadopoulos of Smith and Moore Architects designed the house that just sold. It was developed on speculation and completed in 2010 by Leeds Custom Designs on a lot measuring nearly four-tenths of an acre. The original development team included Lee Gordon, real estate agent Scott Gordon, today of The Fite Group and their father, the late Robert Gordon. George L. Ford III of Leeds Custom Design also was among the developers.

Features include 9- and 10-foot ceilings, Venetian plaster walls, a central foyer and stair hall, a wood-appointed library and a covered loggia.

 

 

Source: Darrell Hofheinz, April 3, 2017, Palm Beach Daily News

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