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Ponton sells upscale condo with Moroccan decor

Posted On: 04-12-2013

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Staff Writer

Man-about-town Daniel E. Ponton seemed busier than ever this season, what with parties at his Club Colette and plans for his new Pickles restaurant, set to open later this year in the former Hamburger Heaven spot on South County Road. And that’s not to mention his nonprofit foundation’s charity work helping African villagers improve their living conditions and health.

Yet he somehow found time to sign the contract for the $2.375 million sale of his lavishly decorated Palm Beach condominium in the Dunster House at 360 S. Ocean Blvd. With more than 2,700 square feet and two bedrooms, No. 2B featured a fantasy-like blue-and-white Moroccan-theme décor devised by designer Geoffrey Bradfield, Ponton’s good friend.

Mother-and-son agents Paulette and Dana Koch of the Corcoran Group had listed the condo at $2.595 million in early January.

The buyers were Delores and Stephen M. Wolf, who are returning to Palm Beach after having briefly lived in a house on Everglades Island, which they sold in 2002, according to property records. Among their homes, the Wolfs own a residence in Middleburg, Va.

Stephen Wolf is the chairman of the Chicago-based communications company R.R. Donnelley, and his career has included the chairmanships of U.S. Airways and Trilantic Capital Partners.

Delores Wolf was immediately taken by the distinctive look of the second-floor apartment, says Wally Turner of Sotheby’s International Realty, who acted on behalf of the couple in the Dunster House deal.

“She loves looking over the tree tops and pool – very private and serene,” Turner says.

Ponton, meanwhile, has moved across the bridge into a condominium at Trump Plaza on Flagler Drive. He also owns a whaling captain’s house in Cape Cod, Mass., and a mid-century residence in the Caribbean.

Ponton described how pleased he had been with Bradfield’s design last year in a  Shiny Sheet article about the apartment, which, at the time, was listed with Barrett Welles Property Group. He recalled how he had asked for a “fanciful, luxurious and intimate environment that was a conglomeration of different cultures centered around the Middle East.”

And today, anytime he misses his private kasbah on South Ocean Boulevard, he need only flip through Bradfield’s design book Ex Arte, which has 16 pages of photographs devoted to the apartment.


Source: Darrell Hofheinz, April 12, 2013, Palm Beach Daily News


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