A couple enjoyed a gracious life at their condo in Midtown Palm Beach
The effect of the coronavirus pandemic on Palm Beach real estate has hit Judith and Achille Guest, who have made the decision to sell their condominium at 345 Australian Ave. after the emergence of COVID-19.
“During COVID, our kids brought their friends from school here, and we found that we really wanted more space and outdoor space,” says Judith.
As these plans were finalized, they bought a North End home on Sandpiper Drive and listed their three-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath condo in Midtown with Brown Harris’ agents Liza Pulitzer and Whitney McGurk. Stevens, who priced it. to $ 4.4 million. The unit – with 3,447 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space – landed under contract last week.
“We loved being in town,” says Judith, “and I love the space and the high ceilings. I liked the urban feel of the yard and the fact that our kids could get up in the morning, play golf and walk everywhere.
With ties to Virginia, the guests are part of a deeply rooted family in Palm Beach. Achilles Guest’s late father, horse breeder Raymond Guest, was a former ambassador to Ireland, a championship polo player and the grandson of Henry Phipps.
The condo on Australian Avenue was already in good condition when guests bought it in 2013.
“The previous owners, Sissy and Byron Thomas, had renovated it, with the help of decorator (Palm Beach decorator) Leta Austin Foster. I just made a few cosmetic changes.
“The kitchen and bathrooms were already done. I did the painting and the wallpaper and the more decorative things. In addition, I changed the living room upstairs to another bedroom.
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The apartment is part of Casas de Carlos, an 11 unit development built around courtyards at the northeast corner of Cocoanut Row. South facing and overlooking the central courtyard, the guest condo has three levels. Above the garage are the mezzanine and the second floor.
Visitors enter the property through an iron gate encased in an archway that opens onto the courtyard. The guest condo is in the northeast corner.
Going up a few steps one enters the guest entrance area and the outdoor dining terrace.
Once inside the foyer and staircase hall, the living room, with 14 foot ceilings, is just to the west. A decorative fireplace sits on one wall, and two sets of patio doors, topped with transoms, lead onto the dining terrace and fill the room with light.
A raised gallery borders the living room on the north side and leads to the dining room, which is on the mezzanine level and opens onto the living room. Also on this level is the kitchen and the library, which has been designed to serve as a bedroom with a closet and a full bathroom. Details here include a picture window and walls covered with pecky-cypress paneling.
Accessible by stairs or elevator, the second floor layout places the master suite west of the staircase hall, with a guest bedroom and a flexible bedroom on the east side. The master bedroom is detailed with a chair rail, crown molding, decorative fireplace, and two sets of French doors that open to a balcony with courtyard views. The en-suite bathroom is in Calacatta Gold marble and features Waterworks plumbing fixtures, double sinks, a shower and a tub.
Features throughout the apartment include plantation shutters on the windows and glazed terracotta and hardwood floors. The kitchen, meanwhile, is fitted with professional-grade appliances, soapstone worktops and a backsplash covered with Portuguese tiles.
The guest condo is one of six units at Casas de Carlos with a driveway leading to the garage, where the couple have a private two-car garage as well as off-street parking for a third car.
The couple, Judith says, liked having close access to restaurants and shops, as the building is two blocks from Worth Avenue. The condo also worked well for entertaining, she adds.
“It has a huge lounge, where we hosted cocktails for 50 to 60 people.