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Visitors to Seabreeze Avenue home often exclaim over its charms

Posted On: 05-08-2014

By Christine Davis Special to the Daily News

Talk about a track record. When 225 Seabreeze Ave. sells, it will mark the fourth time the Midtown house has changed hands since it was completed in 2008, proving that in post-recession Palm Beach, newer homes remain a powerful attraction for homebuyers and investors.

It was built by Wittmann Building Corp. for former Apple CEO John Sculley and his ex-wife, Lee Adams Sculley, who in 2009 traded it for a home on Wells Road owned by real estate agent W. Ted Gossett and Robert Abee. In 2010, they sold it to its current owner, Gene Reed, Jr., who, in turn, has already moved to his new oceanfront home on the North End.

Today, the four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bathroom Spanish Mediterranean-style villa — with 7,618 square feet of living space, inside and out — has been listed for sale at $7.895 million through Fite Shavell & Associates. The listing agent is Paula Wittmann, whose husband, Paul, owns Wittmann Building Corp.

Sort of fitting this cycle, Reed, a resident for 10 years, has done his share of moving, too. He owned homes on Chilean and Australian avenues before he bought the Seabreeze home, and he’s recently purchased back-to-back properties on the ocean at North County Road in a private deal brokered by Christian Angle Real Estate. He also has a ranch at Pine Creek Sporting Club in Okeechobee and spends time in Aspen, Colo.

About his latest move, he says the call of the sea was too strong to ignore.

“I liked living on the ocean in South Carolina, and when I heard that the home at 1230 N. Ocean was for sale, I bought it and the house behind it. I’ll use 1233 N. Ocean as a guest house.

”But the fact that he wants to live by the sea, he adds, is the only reason he’s selling the house.

“The Seabreeze house is perfect. Paul Wittmann is an excellent builder. I like everything about the house. It’s on a big lot. The landscaping is lush and beautiful. And the house is gorgeous. If it was on the ocean, I would never have moved,” he said.

As designed by Smith and Moore Architects, the layout also suited Reed’s needs. “The house is light, airy, quiet and beautiful. From the downstairs rooms, everything opens to the outdoors. The kitchen is delightful, and it’s a great house for entertaining.

The front exterior of the two-story villa features a tower, stone molding, arched windows with shutters and landscaping by Nievera Williams Design.

The east and west wings are connected by a groin-vaulted gallery, which separates the living room from the front entry and the stairwell tower. Lighting the gallery are blue-glass hanging lanterns that once graced the former Gianni Versace estate in Miami Beach.

“It’s stunning,” Reed said. “When people walk in, they say, ‘Wow.

’”Architectural details in the living room include a limestone fireplace and chimney-breast and a cypress beamed ceiling with applied molding and corbels. A full balcony runs along the south side of the room, while a “Juliet”-style balcony is positioned in the adjacent wall. French doors, with fanlights above them, open to the loggia, patio, arbor and pool.

Walking east from the vaulted gallery, one comes to the elevator, powder room and a cypress-paneled family room with a bar. Beyond is a guest-bedroom suite with French doors that lead to the pool area.

On the other side of the house are the dining room, kitchen and den. The kitchen has professional-grade appliances, ivory-glazed cabinetry, beadboard wainscoting, granite countertops and a mosaic-covered backsplash.

Upstairs and off the gallery to the east is the master-bedroom suite. Along with double bathrooms and closets, the suite includes a morning bar. From the bedroom, French doors open to a second-floor terrace. Two more guest bedroom suites stand west of the gallery.

Besides a Chicago-brick motor court that affords parking, a three-car garage is accessed by a service road at the rear of the house, where additional parking can accommodate three more cars.

Although he says he’s enjoying life on the ocean, he’ll surely miss the back yard on Seabreeze.

“I loved going out by the pool and having a glass of wine and a cigar,” he said.

 

Source: Christine Davis, May 8, 2014, Palm Beach Daily News

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