The vintage house at 4 Golfview Road, landmarked in May 1997, is better than it was when it was new. A Mediterranean-style with all the accoutrements – stucco façade, barrel-tile roof, touches of wrought iron and Cuban tile – it even has a polygonal tower. The parcel, Lot #4, was bought in 1922 by the Golf View Development Company, a partnership between architect Marion Sims Wyeth and builder Harry Raymond Corwin. Their endeavor to build single-family homes on the street is said to have been financed by Edward F. Hutton. In 1921, Hutton and Marjorie Merriweather Post built their estate, Holgarcito, on the south side of the road.
Currently, another “Marion” has added touches to 4 Golfview. Marion Hugh Antonini with his wife, Penelope, bought the home seven years ago. Now completely renovated, surely Wyeth would be impressed.
But since the Antoninis have begun restoring the Maurice Fatio-designed Casa Eleda, they’ve listed their furnished home with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two half-baths, and 4,480 square feet inside and out with Jim McCann and Alison Newton, realtors with the Corcoran Group, for $12.995 million.
“When we first saw the house, it was unloved,” Penelope notes. But, they saw right through to the heart of the matter, with the help of a great team: architect Jeff Smith, landscape designer Mario Nievera, and builder Jeff Wildes.
“We used the same objectives as Wyeth,” explains Marion, “We wanted to bring the house back and to utilize every space available from a living and entertainment standpoint. The structure was very solid and we knew we could build on it.
“The way Mario designed the gardens encourages you to sit and dine outside. With many outdoor seating areas, the eye is guided out to the gardens. That’s Mario’s genius,” Marion says.
Adds Penelope: “We loved all the vegetation around the house. We knew we wanted to open the home up and let the outside in.
“Mario is very talented. In his new book, Forever Green, our garden is featured as the secluded garden,” Penelope says.
The entry of the front wall, designed by Smith, welcomes one into the courtyard, and it’s easy to see why Nievera would use the word “secluded” to describe the gardens. Incorporated into the wall are two little windows complete with shutters, which offer visitors a secret peak. The front yard is embraced by the main wing, which runs north and south, and a second wing that runs east and west, which together form an inverted L. Sheltered in this space is the Nievera-designed lap pool that also serves as a reflecting pool with fountains emitting the soft soothing sounds of gurgling water. Coquina-stone frames the pool as well as areas of grass. Amidst tropical landscaping to the west of the house are seating areas with outdoor furniture by Janus et Cie. At the back of the house is a patio with a fireplace, an area for grilling, and an outdoor shower conveniently located by the back gate, perfect for rinsing off after coming back from the beach, which is just a block away.
At the crux of the L on the east side of the house is the front door and foyer, a circular space featuring an alcove for sculpture. Going south is the living room and library, a large space with French doors that open to the outdoor areas. The floor is reclaimed antique oak and the color scheme is soft sea-foam, the color palette used throughout. Other architectural features include Venetian plaster finishes on the walls, crown molding, casement windows and a fireplace with an antique stone mantel.
The dining room, just east of the foyer, has stenciled walls, with the reverse pattern used on the tailored drapery. Floors are octagonal Cuban tile, and French doors open onto the pool as well as a dining pavilion.
The doors have side panels of glass. One set of panels was hidden under plaster, Penelope says. “I was going to add them, but when we began to open up the wall, we were surprised to find that they were already there.”
Off of the living room behind the foyer is a stair hall with a powder room. The railing is wrought iron, and the treads are tile framed in wood. The kitchen with a breakfast area and butler’s pantry are off the hallway, as well as a commercial elevator. The island kitchen features custom cabinetry, marble countertops and backsplash, and professional-grade appliances integrated into the cabinetry.
Above the stairway, as well as the second floor hallway, the ceiling is pecky cypress.
Within the footprint over the main wing is a guest bedroom suite with carpeted floors, windows that offer views of Palm Beach’s rooftops and a large Waterworks bathroom. The master suite, over the east-west wing, has French doors that open to a Juliet balcony and casement windows that offer gorgeous views of the pool, patios and gardens. Part of the suite are a large dressing area and Waterworks bathroom, as well as a gym and sitting room, a new area that the Antoninis built over the garage. These new rooms can be used separately from the suite, since they can be closed off and accessed by elevator. The gym, by the way, has wainscoting paneling repurposed from the home’s original wood floors.
Both of these bedrooms have distinctive pecky cypress beamed pitched ceilings.
From the landing and up another set of stairs is a lovely guest suite, which also has a Waterworks bathroom.
Furnishings throughout the house include 18th and 19th century antiques with custom pieces upholstered in fabrics by Kravet, Nancy Corzine, Holly Hunt/Rose Tarlow, and Quadrille’s China Seas collection. Curtains were custom made by Paul S. Maybaum and floor coverings are by Stark.
In the back yard is a guest cottage with French-tile floor and open beamed pitch roof.