Long water views from sprawling shoreline create an oasis of beauty for this stunningly renovated waterfront estate, a masterpiece designed by celebrated Palm Beach architect John Volk, whose legacy includes not only elegant private homes but also the Palm Beach Town Hall, Bath and Tennis Club, Poinciana Plaza and Playhouse, and much of Worth Avenue. Originally built as the South Florida home of noted twentieth-century modern artist Orville Bulman, this elegant estate underwent a top-to-bottom renovation in 2003 and stylish updates in 2016, creating a true jewel that brings impeccable modern taste and luxury to the elegance and grace of the timeless design. Picturesque panoramic views look all the way up the placid harbor-like waters from 258± feet of shoreline, equipped with boat dockage, surrounding this magnificent site that drew Bulman to its idyllic island-like scenery and gave inspiration to his artistic works.
In the home’s light and airy wings, many rooms open to outdoor spaces along the waterfront and in the romantic pool area that creates a resort-like setting for outdoor entertaining and also serves as the entry into the charming turret-style foyer. Originally Bulman’s art studio, the light-bathed front-to-back living room invites an indoor/outdoor flow to a waterfront terrace where the fire-lit verandah provides a relaxing spot by the pool in this alluring oasis hidden behind privacy walls adorned in espaliered vines.
The four bedroom suites feature luxurious master quarters that have the space and privacy of the entire upper level. If desired, additional bedrooms could be converted from the office and cabana suite, currently a yoga studio. The seemingly endless array of amenities also features a high-tech media room and connoisseur’s wine cellar preserving the original stone wall from France’s Corton wine region. Creating its own private world, leaving nothing to be desired, this one-of-a-kind estate is a waterfront paradise of special appeal.
Audubon Causeway, Manalapan, Florida. Hidden away in Old Florida serenity, Point Manalapan is an exclusive guard-gated enclave on Hypoluxo Island, surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, with the ocean beach just across the causeway. Manalapan residents enjoy deeded privileges at the Five-Diamond Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa and its La Coquille Club.
Embraced in island-like beauty on 258± feet of waterfront, this elegant estate gives long-range views up the expansive waters and is served by a dock with 5,000-pound boat lift. Originally built for artist Orville Bulman, this Volk-designed masterpiece is picture-perfect after a complete 2003 renovation by award-winning Perez Design and stylish updates in 2016. Entered from the beautiful motor court on carefully groomed grounds with LED landscape lighting, the walled garden courtyard’s outdoor entertainment space centers on the graceful pool with spillover spa, next to which is a summer kitchen/bar that serves the fire-lit dining verandah.
Comfortably proportioned in light-filled wings, the grand total of 7,373± square feet has six bedrooms that include an office and yoga studio, five full and two half baths, walk-in closets, and a two-bay garage. Amenities include impact-rated windows and exterior doors, and a full-house generator. Exotic imported marble and granite finishes are featured along with furniture-grade custom cabinetry.
First Floor: Entered off the turret-style marble foyer, the bright airy living room opens to a waterside terrace and, on the other side, the verandah. Leading to the waterside terrace, the dining/wine tasting room has serving/storage built-ins and a climate-controlled 600-bottle wine cellar. Updated in 2016, the beautifully architected kitchen uses exotic Brazilian granite in the counters and sinks. Chef’s appliances include the six-burner Viking gas range with oven, another microwave/convection oven, dual Sub-Zero refrigerators/freezers, and Miele dishwasher. Open to the kitchen in a light open flow, the inviting breakfast room leads to a waterfront terrace, while the custom-fitted family room joins to the lanai. Powder rooms are placed off the kitchen and next to a full-service wet bar across from the media room with Control4 electronics and six reclining seats. Three bedroom suites, two overlooking the water, include a second master suite. Overlooking the veranda, the office connects to one of the baths, while the cabana/yoga studio opens by the pool and has its own kitchenette and full bath; both of these rooms could be converted into bedrooms if desired.
Second Floor: A haven of privacy and luxury, the serene master suite is entered through a sitting room with marble-topped morning bar. Glorious water views are the focal point of the peak-ceilinged bedroom, sun deck, and Carrara marble bath with soaking tub, shower, marble vessel sinks, and private water closet. Two custom-fitted wardrobe rooms complete this full-floor suite.