It’s no secret that Southeast Florida is one of the most beautiful places to live in the USA. Windswept beaches, nearly year-round sunny days, laid-back culture, world-class cuisine, and vibrant nightlife are just a few of the many reasons people move to Southeast Florida for a change of scenery. Enjoy Part 2 of our list of 10 unique homes in Southeast Florida.
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122 King’s Rd, Palm Beach, FL
Jessie Woolworth Donahue, this home’s first owner, had extraordinarily lavish tastes and didn’t hesitate to let them show. The 45,000 square foot mansion Cielito Lindo was designed by Marion Sims Wyeth. Its features include a massive four-story tower, six master bedrooms, ten servants’ suites above the garage, and separate houses for the chauffeur and gardener.
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1100 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL
Technically no longer a home, Mar-a-Lago, or “Sea-to-Lake,” was bought by Donald Trump and turned into a club. But from 1927 until his purchase in 1985, Mar-a-Lago belonged to Marjorie Post (of Post cereal fame), who used its whopping 126 rooms for entertaining and family life. The massive super-mansion was designed by Joseph Urban, who also contributed to the Hearst Tower in New York City.
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Castillo del Mar (aka La Guerida))
1095 North Ocean Blvd, Del Ray Beach, FL
Originally designed by famous architect Addison Mizner for department-store tycoon Rodman Wanamaker, this massive compound was later purchased by Joseph Kennedy, father of President John F. Kennedy. It was known as the “Winter White House,” though JFK didn’t technically own it. The family had a wing added by Maurice Fatio—the same designer of the Casa Eleda—and then, as hard times hit, sold the entire property to John Castle of investment firm Castle Harlan, who has maintained and updated it to this day.
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610 North Ocean Blvd, Del Ray Beach, FL
Another creation of Frank McKinney, “Crystalina” means “crystal-clear views,” and the home lives up to its name: The entire home features an abundant use of glass, giving almost every room a view of either the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. There are also not one but two separate guest homes suspended in the strangler fig trees that grow next to the main building, connected only by beautiful suspension bridges that travel over a lagoon-style swimming hole.
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The Estee Lauder Home
126 South Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL
Commissioned by Francis Shaughnessy in 1938, this gorgeous neoclassical Palm Beach home was purchased by Joseph and Estée Lauder of cosmetic fame in 1964. They hired famous interior decorator Thad Hayes and told him to “make it a movie set.” He spent two years transforming the home into a stunning example of neoclassical style blended carefully with art deco, creating a fascinating and unique home that the family intends to preserve for as long as possible.
Thanks for reading part 2 of our list of the of the Top 10 Most Beautiful South Florida Homes. If you’re interested in any homes like this, give us a shout.