Winthrop House condo comes with ocean and town views and a price tag of $4.15 million
| Special to Palm Beach Daily News
When New Yorkers Karin and Douglas Waggoner decided to make Palm Beach their home in 2017, they were happy to find — and then completely renovate — a penthouse at the Winthrop House, 100 Worth Ave.
“It’s just been a very special hideaway,” Karin says. “I’ve always felt, when I turn my key, that I am walking into a gorgeous hotel suite.
“We always wanted to see the ocean. From the wraparound balcony, we can see all the way down the shoreline, the Everglades Golf Course and the downtown of Palm Beach,” she says.
The condominium, known as PH17, had good ceiling heights — and a good thing, too. “My husband is tall,” Karin quips.
Today, wanting more space to host family, the Waggoners have bought a single-family home in the Estate Section. And so they’ve listed their two-bedroom, two-bath apartment — with 2,001 square feet inside and on the balcony. Agent Christine Franks of Sotheby’s International Realty has it priced at $4.15 million, with the furnishings available through separate negotiations.
At the corner of South Ocean Boulevard, the building is on the southwest corner of the building’s eighth floor. The kitchen is off the foyer to the east. In the southwest corner, the living and dining areas open to the wraparound balcony. Off of a hallway linked to the foyer, the master suite and guest bedroom suite both open to south-facing private balconies that capture ocean views.
After they bought the condo, they hired Branch Construction and architect Mike Johnson to handle a full renovation. But they kept the existing honed-stone floor in a soft gold, which inspired a color palette of white and gray with gold accents. Furnishings came from HIVE in West Palm Beach.
The goal was to create a look that was “simple, clean, very modern and organized. And we did some beautiful built-ins, because we wanted storage,” Karin says. “My husband has a ‘hidden’ desk right in the middle of the living room. He can spin his chair around and see our views while he makes conference calls.”
The built-ins in the living area are gray-stained oak topped with quartz, and a textured accent wall is covered in painted bamboo “tiles.”
Both bedrooms feature built-in faux-leather custom-upholstered headboards, and the newly fitted bathrooms are finished in Carrara marble and quartz.
The kitchen, which Karin calls “very functional,” has professional-grade stainless-steel appliances, painted cabinetry and granite counters. Windows and doors are fitted with impact-resistant glass, and the unit comes with garage parking for two cars.
The Waggoners have appreciated the building’s amenities, Karin adds.
“It’s well maintained and offers white-glove service. It’s so nice. You pull in, they’ll park your car and they’ll take your groceries up if you like. If anything is amiss in our condo, they come up in five minutes.”
The building, which was built in 1970, also has been renovated and updated, she says.
“We have a beautiful new pool area that we can see from our balcony, and a fifth-floor sun deck – a large common space – which is great for social gatherings. It has a nice social room; I started a ladies’ wine night. And the lobby has new carpeting and is newly painted.
The couple also appreciates a “secret nugget” amenity that can’t be seen from the street, she adds.
“We have a tunnel to the beach. You don’t have to cross the road. You pop out on the beach from a little magic door.”
They also appreciate that Worth Avenue is at their doorstep and that cultural offerings, including The Society of the Four Arts and the Kravis Center, aren’t far away.
“Especially if you are a New Yorker, you can feel like you are walking down a via in Europe, and there’s all kinds of arts and theater — always something going on,” she says.