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Palm Beach house near Beach Club’s croquet lawn finally wins town’s OK

Posted On: 10-27-2017

After six months of review — and requests for multiple changes to the original design — Palm Beach officials have given a thumbs up to a new house planned for 210 Fairview Road on the North End. It’s unclear whether the four-bedroom house is yet another being developed on speculation, which is likely, or will instead be built as a custom home.

The design of the West Indies-style residence made its first appearance before the Architectural Commission back in March, and at four subsequent meetings, the board reviewed revisions that included scaling down the so-called “massing” of the house and refining its window design, among other details. The board in September finally found favor with the redesign, which included lowering the overall height of the front façade by 3 inches. In all, it will have more than 4,500 square feet of living space.

The quarter-acre lot is directly across the street from The Beach Club’s croquet lawn.

“What you’ve done fits the (eclectic nature of the) street very well,” Alternate Commissioner Katherine Catlin told West Palm Beach architect James C. Paine Jr.

Viewed from the street, the house will have a central two-story portion flanked by single-story projections on each side, one of which will house a side-facing garage. A veranda will run the width of the façade.

The house is being developed by Braden G. Smith, who used a limited liability company named Palm Beach Island Ventures to buy the property for $2.1 million a year ago, courthouse records show. Maggie Sarubbi of the Keller Williams Palm Beach Island agency was the listing agent in that deal, acting on behalf of seller John J. Forma, who owned the property through a New Hampshire-based trust.

Agents Kourtney Joyce Pulitzer and John Michael Lloyd of Sotheby’s International Realty acted jointly on behalf of the buyer.

In March, the town granted permission to raze the 1948-era three-bedroom house there to make room for the project just green-lighted.

The deed lists Palm Beach Island Ventures with Smith’s address in Palm Beach Gardens. He co-manages the company with Joshua Gelb of Cincinnati, state business records show. Paine declined to comment, and Smith and Gelb couldn’t be reached.

Smith, by the way, is associated with at least one other North End property. In August, he paid about $2.28 million for Belinda J.H. Rubino’s three-bedroom, 3,078-square-foot house at 201 Sanford Ave., courthouse records show. Representing Smith in that deal was Fite Group agent James C. Paine III, son of the aforementioned architect. The house had been listed for nearly a year — first at $3.1 million and later at $2.75 million – by agent Antonina Brawner of South Florida Lifestyle Realty.

Pulitzer and Lloyd this month co-listed the Sanford Avenue house at $6,000 per month on a seasonal lease, according to records in the Palm Beach Realtors Multiple Listing Service.




Source: Darrell Hofheinz, October 27, 2017, Palm Beach Daily News

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