El Solano, the Palm Beach estate once owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, has hit the market for a whopping $47.5 million. Lennon bought the house in January 1980, and spent the winter living there. He was killed in December of that year. After proceeding with the home renovation she and Lennon planned together, Ono eventually sold it in 1986.
This home and studio, located in Phipp's Plaza, a residential and commercial plaza with central green space in the center of Palm Beach, is the home and studio of modern-day interior designer Scott Snyder, and was the home and studio of Marion Sims Wyeth, an architect who designed many notable projects around South Florida in the freewheeling 1920s.
Like everything the Donald does, the conversion of the historic Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach into a private club in 1995 was thick with controversy, with Trump himself often playing the bad guy. In the first few years, there was scheming, sex, and decadence, the perfect storm for a great story about the 1 percent. The latest issue of Vanity Fair features an essay by Laurence Leamer, author of Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Trump's Presidential Palace. Here are the juiciest tidbits from the story:
I would have liked to save the first Palm Beach Regency house to be featured on the Big Bubble for a perfect time capsule of that architectural style, a gracious flowering of subtropical neoclassicism that was extremely popular in Palm Beach in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. However, this unrestrained expression of... well... something... makes this house one not to miss.
Maurice Fatio, one of Palm Beach's most noteworthy architects, designed many classic Mediterranean Revival numbers in the 1930s, including this one. Called Villa Las Carpas, Spanish for 'house of the tents,' the recently landmarked house is listed for $10.9 million.
Built in 1952, this midcentury modern house in the Estate Section of Palm Beach is listed for $5.69 million and centered around a fabulous circular courtyard and pool. The house has some traditional architectural detailing, like a chevron parquet wood floor, and large french doors, but it also includes some spectacular midcentury elements like that pool. Ohhhh, that pool. The front gate is pretty spectacular too. This place is meant for people who drink way too much and somehow stay fabulous doing it. Here's how the brokerbabble describes the joint:
Bling, bling, with a Hamptons-in-the-tropics look. This shinge-style joint's on the market for $24 million. Whaddaya think, yo?
This gorgeous Marion Sims Wyeth-designed house in Palm Beach with a tower, golf course views, and spectacular Mediterranean Revival architectural details is on the market for $9 million. It was built in the 1920s and is architecturally landmarked.
Designed by iconic Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner.