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Couple sells North End house finished last year to West Palm Beach man.

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By Darrell Hofheinz/Daily News Staff Writer

Completed in 2013, a custom-built home on the North End has changed hands for a recorded $6.6 million. Photo by Jeff Langlois.

In Palm Beach, the demand for new houses is as strong as an ocean rip current. Owners of recently completed custom-built homes are discovering they own prime real estate indeed.

Which might explain at least part of the reason that an Ohio racetrack owner has sold the custom home he and his wife completed last year on the North End at 200 Ocean Terrace. The four-bedroom Bermuda-style house was not on the market when it changed hands for $6.6 million via a deed recorded last week.

Brock E. Milstein sold the property as trustee of a revocable trust in his name. The 6,612-square-foot house was bought by Timothy C. Davidson of West Palm Beach, the deed shows. Davidson is affiliated in business records with a family company named Somerset Capital Partners.

Lynn Warren of Fite Shavell & Associates

Milstein’s trust bought a 1950s-era house on the property from Arthur Oldham II for $1.425 million in April 2011 and demolished it.

Michael Perry of MP Design and Architecture designed the new Bermuda-style house for Milstein and his wife, Kimberley, according to town records. One lot west of the beach, the house stands on a lot measuring a third of an acre, a mile north of the Palm Beach Country Club.

Milstein is chairman of the board Hard Rock Casino Northfield Park, a racetrack with entertainment near Cleveland, and managing director of Milstein Capital Group. His wife is an entrepreneur.

Fite Shavell agents Lynn Warren and Gary Little acted on behalf of the Milsteins. They served that role three years ago when the Milsteins bought the property, opposite Corcoran Group listing agents Elizabeth Cleckner and John Pangborn.

Gary Little of Fite Shavell & Associates

In last week’s deal, Corcoran agent Andrew J. Reynolds represented the buyer, whose parents once lived on the island. The house’s location near the beach was a plus, Reynolds said. So was the fact that it had sophisticated wiring for electronics and a long list of other “custom features” that you might not find in a newer house developed on speculation.

The Milsteins declined to comment, and Davidson couldn’t be reached.

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By Christine Davis/Special to the Daily News Homes for Sale in Palm Beach

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Talk about curb appeal.

It’s no surprise that this Ibis Isle house has gardens in spades, considering that landscape architect Mario Nievera was its previous owner. And his lush landscape designs certainly caught the attention of the current homeowners, Bruce and Tami Watkins, when they decided to buy the South End property in 2006.

A sofa divides the living from the angled family-and-dining room facing the pool. Note the library alcove just left of center.

Take, for instance, the Alexander palms that gracefully frame the entry of the one-story, mid-century house at 2255 Ibis Isle Road W. Or look at the citrus espalier on the front of the house, the trees’ branches trained to grow along the walls flanking the porch.

With terraces edged with greenery, the property makes a pretty picture. But gardens to the sides of the house and around the pool are outstanding, too, Tami Watkins said.

“These are large gardens for Ibis Isle, and they are a visual treat. This is an indoor-outdoor house with interesting angles that draw attention to the landscape. You can sit anywhere in this house and feel like you are in the gardens,” she said.

And the effect is not just visual, she added, pointing again to the front of the house: “It’s a beautiful scented garden with orange blossoms on the espalier, two huge gardenia topiaries and a ylang ylang tree.”

In Bruce and Tami Watkins’ family-and-dining room at 2255 Ibis Isle Road W., the view of the pool and patio is showcased by a wall of glass windows and doors. The house is listed for sale at $2.195 million by Fite Shavell & Associates. Photos by VHT, courtesy of Fite Shavell & Associates.

The exterior charmed them when they were house-hunting eight years ago. But once inside, they were completely sold, she said.

“We loved the house. It felt right and we had a visceral reaction,” she explained. “My husband took a clean sweep, and said, ‘This is it.’”

Yet they always wanted to live directly on the water, and when property became available immediately across the street, the Watkins bought it and built a new home, which is nearly finished. As a result, they’ve listed No. 2255 for sale. Agents Lynn Warren and Gary Little of Fite Shavell & Associates have priced at $2.195 million.

The front door leads to a foyer, which, in turn opens to the living room. The cypress ceiling has been painted white and here are terrazzo floors, which continue into the adjacent family-and-dining room. Other details in the living room include walls covered in Donghia bamboo-patterned wallpaper and a library niche.

Lynn Warren of Fite Shavell & Associates

To the east, the loggia-like dining-and-family room also has a cypress ceiling, but this one is beamed and lightly whitewashed. The room, meanwhile, is detailed with a wetbar and accents of “subway” tile. One wall is all glass, with doors that open to the patio and the black-bottom pool, with its large sun shelf. The pool is surrounded by coral key stone, and entire area is lushly landscaped.

To the south of the living room is a study that could double as a guest suite. It’s carpeted and has plantation shutters at the windows, built-in bookcases and French doors that lead to the side garden. The bathroom has a sea-glass-mosaic floor and a walk-in shower.

The kitchen now has Corian countertops, a Miele oven, a KitchenAid dishwasher and cooktop, and a SubZero refrigerator and freezer drawers. French doors lead to an intimate dining patio.

Also off of the dining-and-family room are accommodations for guests and the master suite.

“Because we really like big bathrooms, we decided to add a new guest bathroom for the guest bedroom along with an entirely new master suite,” Watkins said. “Our builder, Tim Givens, helped us with our previous apartment, and now he’s building our new house across the street.”

Gary Little of Fite Shavell & Associates

The master bedroom has a pitched ceiling, Stark carpeting and French doors with motorized remote-controlled blackout shades, along with access to an oversize closet accessed via the master bathroom.

As in the new guest bath, the master bath features tile and fixtures from Urban Archaeology. Other details here include a walk-in shower, Corian-topped vanities, Dornbracht fixtures and a whirlpool tub.

The Watkins’ have set up the en-suite guest bedroom, with two closets, as an office. French doors here open onto a side garden. The new bathroom has tile in sea-glass colors, and the walk-in shower features frameless glass doors.

Among the home’s other amenities are a two-car garage and solar-powered systems that provide hot water and heat the pool.

While previously the Watkins lived on Palm Beach itself, they enjoy Ibis Isle.

“Compared to Everglades Island, it’s more open and airier. It has a different feeling. We have wonderful access to the beach, the town tennis courts and golf course, Phipps Ocean Park. And we are only 10 minutes away from Worth Avenue,” she said.

She returns again to the subject of Nievera’s landscape.

“The gardens helped seal the deal,” she said. “Having a total Mario Nievera garden is rare.”

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They have listed their house at 2255 Ibis Isle Road W. for sale at $2.195M.

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By Darrell Hofheinz/Daily News Staff Writer

Tamera and Bruce Watkins have listed their house at 2255 Ibis Isle Road W. for sale at $2.195 million. Listed by Lynn Warren & Gary Little of Fite Shavell & Associates

As they finish up a new lakefront home across the street from their house on Ibis Isle, Tamara and Bruce Watkins have sold a vacant lot just north of their new home site.

A Florida limited-liability company linked to two Chicago attorneys, Andrew W. Marks and his father, Stanford D. Marks, bought the waterfront lot at 2252 Ibis Isle Road W. for $2.2 million earlier this month.

Broker Brandon Rinker of Rinker Realty, who handled both sides of the sale, had the lot listed at $2.45 million – not a bad price for a cleared property facing 150 feet of direct lakefront in Palm Beach.

The Watkinses had bought it in one of two separate transactions that Rinker helped orchestrate in 2012. The first of those deals came about because the couple had long had their eye on a vacant lot at 2266 Ibis Isle Road W., which stood between their home and the water. They ended up buying it and an adjacent half-lot for a recorded $1.5 million from Walter Jackson, who had owned the vacant property for a number of years.

Lynn Warren of Fite Shavell & Associates

“People had approached him over the years about selling it, and I guess the timing was finally right,” Tamara Watkins said.

The couple ended up building a custom courtyard-style home on the property. About 90 percent complete, it was designed by architect Clem Bruns Schaub of Vero Beach and is being built by Tim Givens of West Palm Beach.

About eight months after the Watkinses bought the lot, Jackson sold them his house for a recorded $950,000. The dilapidated structure had been cited by the town for extensive code violations, including a large hole in its roof. The Watkinses razed it and shortly thereafter listed the lot for sale with Rinker.

Gary Little of Fite Shavell & Associates

The Florida limited-liability company that bought the lot — named 2252 Ibis Isle LLC — is linked in business records to Amco Financial Corp., for which Andrew W. Marks serves as president. That company has the same Chicago address as Phoenix Bond & Indemnity Co., a financial-services firm run by the Marks family.

The Watkinses’ real estate deals aren’t done, though. As they prepare to move into their new custom home, they have listed their three-bedroom house across the street at No. 2255 for sale through Fite Shavell & Associates.

Listing agents Lynn Warren and Gary Little are asking $2.195 million for the house, which has 3,179 square feet of living space, inside and out. They had acted on the Watkinses’ behalf when they bought it in 2006 from landscape architect Mario Nievera.

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SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY Homes for Sale in Palm Beach

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This uniquely charming, direct waterfront home at 167 Inlet Drive in Palm Beach has unobstructed views from nearly every room. The home offers four bedrooms and 5½ baths.

The property is newly constructed using only the finest materials, and finished with every attention to detail. Fite Shavell & Associates lists the home at $8,450,000. Agents are Adam Jackson, 561-543-7606,, and Lynn Warren, 561-346-3906,

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Palm Beach decorator Gay Tice’s newest project is 240 Garden Road in Palm Beach. The home is listed at $4.5 million through Fite Shavell & Associates by Lynn Warren and Gary Little.

For information about 240 Garden Road, call listing agents Lynn Warren at 346-3906 or Gary Little at 309-6379.

Read more about Gay Tice’s decorating work in a story by the Palm Beach Daily News.

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Palm Beach Island, Florida – January 18, 2010

Fite Shavell & Associates congratulate sales associates, Gary Little and Lynn Warren, on their role in the largest Florida real estate deal of 2009. Little and Warren represented real estate investor Jeff Greene from L.A. in the purchase of La Bellucia, a spectacular 12,000 square foot estate on South Ocean Boulevard listed at $27.5 million.

The home, previously owned by Malcom Glazer, owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and part owner of the Manchester United soccer team, is located at 1200 South Ocean Blvd. in a neighborhood called “Billionaire’s Row.” Built in 1924, the home boasts 12,000 square feet on 3.8 acres of prime Palm Beach real estate. The sprawling estate features grand outdoor terraces, an oversized swimming pool and 234 feet of direct oceanfront.

Gary Little and Lynn Warren have worked in the Palm Beach real estate market for the past 19 years. Prior to relocating to Palm Beach, both Little and Warren co-owned custom furniture stores and a design studio in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Little began his corporate life working for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine in Des Moines and New York City. His work with BH&G involved marketing, both the Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens Book Division. Mr. Little brings 30 years of marketing and sales experience to Palm Beach Real Estate and Fite Shavell & Associates.

Mr. Warren’s degree in psychology and years of customer relations with a major airline have been extremely helpful in working with buyers and sellers over the years. He excels at spatial design and will often help clients recognize and understand the spatial potential in an older Palm Beach home. One of Warren’s cocktail napkin sketches prompted his customers to purchase a home he was showing them, where they immediately began building out the 2000-square-foot addition he drew.

Visit to contact Gary Little and Lynn Warren or to learn more about Fite Shavell & Associates.

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Special to the Daily News
Sunday, December 06, 2009

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The entrance of 1200 S. Ocean Blvd., a home designed in 1920 for Rome, N.Y., physician and capitalist Willey J. Kingsley and named for his wife, Lucy.
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The home’s loggia has a view of the Atlantic.
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The sale of 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. for $24 million is the highest price recorded in 2009 for Palm Beach residential real estate.
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The courtyard pool of 1200 S. Ocean Blvd.
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The historic estate was a sought-after trophy property sited on a ridge overlooking more than 234 feet of oceanfront.

After a year of unusual house trades, price meltdowns, foreclosure transfers and tepid sales, La Bellucia, a landmarked oceanfront Addison Mizner-designed house at 1200 S. Ocean Blvd., sold Friday for $24 million, making for Palm Beach’s largest recorded sale in 2009, according to real estate sources.

La Bellucia’s owner, the First Allied Jacksonville Corp., a Rochester, N.Y.-based holding company owned by Palm Beach resident Malcolm Glazer, sold the nine-bedroom approximately 12,000-square-foot house set on 3.8 acres to Los Angeles real estate developer and billionaire Jeffrey Greene, several sources indicated.

Greene has maintained residences in Beverly Hills, the 63,000-square-foot Palazzo de Amore set on 27 acres, and in Miami Beach, according to Forbes magazine, which ranked Greene’s estimated $1.3 billion fortune as number 317 on its 2009 list of the 400 Richest Americans.

Glazer holds controlling stakes in the Manchester United soccer team, and owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a National Football League team. He and his family are ranked number 139 on the Forbes 400 list.

Trophy property

Listed for $27.5 million by Paulette Koch and Dana Koch, Corcoran Group associates and partners, the historic South End estate was a sought-after trophy property, sited on a ridge overlooking more than 234 feet of oceanfront and featuring original Mizner finishes.

“This spectacular oceanfront property sold in less than 30 days despite the current market environment,” Dana Koch said.

“We had multiple offers and several people who wanted the house,” said Paulette Koch, whose $77.5 million recorded sale last year of the ultra-modern Sidney Kimmel estate at 1236 S. Ocean Blvd., two properties south of La Bellucia, received Corcoran’s Deal of the Year Award for 2008.

Lynn Warren and Gary Little, business partners and sales associates with Fite-Shavell & Associates, represented the buyer.

“People sense now is the time to buy,” Warren said. “Our buyer had looked in the North End and in the estate area, but it was this property’s incomparable 3½-acre ocean setting that sold it.”

First owner named it after ‘Beautiful Lucy’

Designed in 1920 for Rome, N.Y., physician and capitalist Willey J. Kingsley on what was then an isolated stretch of beach (the adjacent Bath & Tennis Club was not completed until 1927), La Bellucia “Beautiful Lucy,” was named for Kingsley’s wife, Lucy Stevens Kingsley, whom he married in 1918. The Kingsleys, as well as being active Palm Beachers (she was a founding member of the Garden Club of Palm Beach), were members of private clubs in New York, London and Paris. Willey Kingsley had abandoned his medical practice to pursue and expand on his father’s business interests. One of U.S. Steel and the Revere Copper Co.’s largest stockholders, Kingsley was president of the Rome Manufacturing Co., the Rome Locomotive Works and several banks, among other interests.

Another of La Bellucia’s prominent owners was Ailsa Mellon Bruce (1901-1969), who during the 1950s Forbes magazine termed the richest woman in the United States. Her marriage to David Bruce resulted in a publicized divorce in 1945 at the Palm Beach County Courthouse.

Following her death, her brother, Paul Mellon, as the executor of her estate, sold the property to Pennsylvania architect Robert Ballinger and his wife, Wynne S. “Didi” Ballinger, who restored and retrofitted the house. Didi Ballinger, who established the Preservation Foundation’s Ballinger Award in honor of her husband to commemorate the town’s best historical restoration each year, subsequently sold the house to newspaper scion Daniel J. Mahoney, a former publisher of Palm Beach Newspapers Inc.

In 2000, Mahoney’s heirs sold La Bellucia, also known as Coconut Hill, for $14 million to Glazer’s company, First Allied Jacksonville Corp. During the next several years, Glazer’s representatives sought approval to demolish the historic main house, claiming economic hardship; when those efforts failed, they attempted to relocate it to another site on the property, according to town records. The house also was subject to code enforcement actions when landmarks preservation commissioners feared demolition by neglect.

“La Bellucia just may be the island’s only remaining Mizner house designed specifically for its oceanfront setting, as Louwana, Amado and other remaining oceanfront Mizner houses at the North and South Ends were designed with Ocean Boulevard running in front of the houses,” said Jane Day, the town’s historic preservation consultant.

“It is great news someone might be living in the house,” Day added.

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By Christine Davis
Special to the Daily News
Friday, November 20, 2009

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Facing the pool, the main house on the right is connected to the guest house on the left by the summer kitchen. The loggia at the right accesses the family room through glass doors.
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The dining area is open to the family room in this home on Garden Road in Palm Beach. The house is listed for sale at $4.5 million by Fite Shavell & Associates in Palm Beach.
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‘The beach is a block away and is extremely private.’
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Hardwood floors and a bay window are featured in the master bedroom.
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The living room of the guest house has a pitched ceiling covered in planks.
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The exterior of the home is painted a warm peach that complements the Mediterranean-style architecture and barrel-tile roof.
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The living room’s broad bay window looks out to the front lawn. Note the vaulted-tray ceiling. Pocket doors at the left open onto the dining area and family room.
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Delft tile is used extensively in the country-style kitchen, covering the countertops, island top and backsplashes.

A decorator’s work is never done — and that’s just fine with Gay Tice, who ran a shop, Gay Tice Interior Design, on the upper east side of Manhattan before she moved to Connecticut to raise her family.

The Tices vacationed in Palm Beach for 14 years. And when it came time a few years ago to buy a new home on the island, she and her husband, Jim, found just what they were looking for at 240 Garden Road, about five blocks north of the Palm Beach Country Club.

The lot itself first caught her attention, Gay Tice says, explaining that she and her real estate agent had “scoured the North End for property on a large corner lot that would allow me the privacy I wanted.”

The lot also brimmed with established gardens, which she loved.

“It was a long search, but when we found it, we knew it was the perfect house for us,” Tice explains.

But a decorator’s work is never done. So led by Tice, the couple set to work with a goal of making the house light and airy. They repainted the interiors in pale colors and installed new ceilings and lighting. They laid new mahogany floors and redid the bathrooms with touches from Waterworks.

Now that the work is finished, Tice is about to embark on another design project up north, so the Tices’ house has been listed for sale at $4.5 million through Fite Shavell & Associates in Palm Beach.

The tile-roofed, stucco-clad home and its separate guest house together comprise 5,100 square feet. The main house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, while the guest cottage has two bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms, along with its own kitchen and living-and-dining room.

The Tices, who have used the home for weekends and holidays, like that everything is on one level. “It doesn’t feel too large when just the two of us are there,” Gay Tice says. And the guest house is a real plus: Their son, Ben, 17, takes it over when he comes down with them, and the Tices’ married children and grandchildren like it, too.

They also enjoy the home’s plentiful outdoor areas — there are three covered loggias along with gardens, a summer kitchen, patios and the pool.

The living room is east of the entry foyer. It features a bay window, a high vaulted-tray ceiling and mahogany floors. During the day, filtered natural light streams in, highlighting the room’s calming cream-color scheme. The furniture is upholstered in a shade of light blue-green, creating a modern, slightly Scandinavian feel.

East of the living room are a guest suite and a master suite with wood floors, a bay window and French doors that open to the back courtyard.

French pocket doors on the south side of the living room open onto the combination dining-and-family room. From here, glass doors access a covered loggia that affords views of the charming back courtyard and pool. The loggia features a pitched ceiling, a Mexican-tile-paved floor and built-in benches.

The dining-and-family room has wood flooring and a coffered ceiling painted beige and cream. On the walls, paneling has been washed in beach gray.

West of the dining area are the center-island kitchen with a breakfast area and laundry room, along with a guest suite. Like the master suite, the guest suite features a bay window and French doors that open to the back courtyard.

The kitchen has pine paneling, a pitched ceiling, a paver-tile floor, Delft-tile countertops and a commercial-grade Viking range, along with other top-end appliances.

French doors from the breakfast area lead to a covered loggia and patio, which are set in the west courtyard.

A summer kitchen connects the main house with the guest house, where Gay Tice added custom-made tiles. Adjacent to the garage, the guest house boasts a living area with a pitched ceiling, Mexican-tile floors and French doors that open to the pool area. Upstairs are two bedrooms with pine floors and a bathroom.

All the Tices will miss the house, Tice says. “The beach is a block away and is extremely private,” she adds. “Every time I’ve been there, I’ve never seen a soul.

“We love to ride our bikes and walk the dogs on the bike trail off the Intracoastal a half-block away. This has definitely been our getaway.”

For information about 240 Garden Road, call listing agents Lynn Warren at 346-3906 or Gary Little at 309-6379.

Photography by VHT Studios/Courtesy of Fite Shavell & Associates

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