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On the Market: Double oceanfront penthouse condo unique for its water views

Posted On: 04-19-2012


Updated: 7:49 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012

Posted: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, 2012


You could say the views from the Sloan’s Curve penthouse of Florida-landscape art collectors Jonathan and Eileen Otto are picture perfect.

“All the windows of our condo face the ocean,” Jonathan Otto says. “We are surrounded by water. It’s all about the view, and it feels as if we are living in one of our paintings.”

In fact, those sixth-floor views are twice as lavish as those offered by other apartments in the 2100 Condominium at Sloan’s Curve. That’s because what was once a single unit has been doubled by the addition of the apartment next door, creating 7,700 square feet of living space inside and on the wraparound balcony that fronts three sides of the building.

The couple bought their first condo in the South Building at 2100 S. Ocean Blvd. four years ago, Jonathan Otto says.

“Then, when the one next to us became available three years ago, we knew that if we bought it we could create something unique — an entire unit with more than 200 feet facing the ocean with views north, south, east and west.”

In addition to the sea views, the vistas to the south capture Phipps Ocean Park and the Intracoastal Waterway, while those to the north look out to the North Building of Sloan’s Curve. There also are partial views of the Intracoastal to the southwest and northwest.

Today, though, the Ottos have decided to sell their double penthouse with 6,500 square feet of interior space and 1,200 square feet of balcony — and have offered it for sale through Monique Matheson Properties LC for $5.8 million. The floor plan offers six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths, and the condo comes with two cabanas by the swimming pool.

The new owners, though, will reap the benefit of the Ottos’ artistic eye, because they hired Harold Smith of Smith and Moore Architects as their architect and designer, along with Rossi Construction, to completely renovate the two units with the goal of creating a cohesive residence, while preserving features that Jonathan Otto says add to the livability of the space, including its two kitchens.

In fact, because of the way the apartments were joined, each half can be closed off from the other — a comfortable arrangement that ensures privacy when hosting multiple guests while still allowing plenty of common areas for entertaining.

Marble everywhere

A key part of the renovation was the addition of hundreds of square feet of marble floors. Polished and gleaming, the floors visually unify the expansive space but don’t detract from the view seen from the extensive banks of sliding-glass doors that open to the balconies. Gallery-white walls and woodwork add to the pristine effect.


“We put in marble floors throughout, new kitchens and bathrooms and we created a double master suite, which opens to the sitting room, wet bar and living room. The space that connects the two apartments creates a gallery space,” Jonathan Otto explains.

And the gallery, as well as the wall space, was essential, he adds, for the display of the couple’s collection of paintings by renowned Florida landscape artist A.E. Backus and members of the group of 26 African-American artists known as The Highwaymen. Extremely collectible today, the work of The Highwaymen began in the early 1950s and continued through the Civil Rights era. The artists frequently sold their landscapes and seascapes depicting Florida scenes to tourists out of their cars parked along the state’s roadways.

Jonathan Otto even founded a Palm Beach-based organization, the First Highwayman Corp., to preserve and promote their work. He also commissioned a 2009 book, The Journey of the Highwayman, by Catherine M. Enns, to document the artists’ work and their relationship to Backus, who mentored many of the artists and promoted their work.

“Once we had a double condo, we had plenty of space to showcase our collection of Florida landscape art,” Otto says.

Sleekly furnished

The main octagon-shaped foyer features a contemporary light fixture by Artemide. Here, the Ottos display Florida landscapes of the Indian River by Backus.

To the south, overlooking Phipps Ocean Park, is a guest bedroom suite with glass sliding-glass doors in the bedroom opening to the balcony. Heading east, in one of the two kitchens, slabs of white marble form the countertops and the backsplash. The stainless-steel appliances are professional grade.


Source: Christine Davis, April 19, 2012, Palm Beach Daily News



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