George Palladino and Jerrold St. George have lived in a number of high-energy, glamorous cities during their 29 years together. But for the past 17 years, they have made Palm Beach their town of choice. That decision coincided with the purchase of their home at 710 N. County Road.
“We wanted something peaceful and quiet, so we decided to buy in Palm Beach, and also we had friends here,” St. George says.
The house, Palladino says, checked all of their boxes, so to speak — and its convenient access to the ocean was a prime attraction.
“It’s a mile in either direction to get to a beach access if you don’t live right here,” Palladino explains about the North End neighborhood. “After looking at many Palm Beach homes, we knew immediately that this house was the ultimate location for us.”
The house is on a quarter-acre corner lot at the intersection of Ridgeview Drive, two blocks south of the Palm Beach Country Club. The entrance to the beach is about 300 feet away.
“I said it would be a long time before we’d sell this house, and I truly meant that,” St. George says. “At 5 or 6 at night, we can take a glass of wine and have a nice stroll down the beach, and of course, our guests love that, too.”
But now, the couple wants to travel, and with family near their other homes in New York City, Chicago and Miami’s South Beach, the men plan to downsize to a condo in town and divide their time among their other residences.
As such, their renovated four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath house, has been offered for sale for $5.6 million by agents Gary Pohrer and Ashley McIntosh of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Some of the furnishings are available separately.
Built in 1988, the Palm Beach Regency-style house has 3,490 square feet of living space, inside and out. With a greige-and-white, stucco-clad exterior, the house and its gardens are enclosed behind manicured hedges. Exterior architectural features include an arched front door with wrought-iron grillwork and a stone surround, and arched wood porticos that crown the windows. The front door faces North County Road while the driveway leads to Ridgeview Drive.
One steps from the porch into an entrance gallery, where window seats flank the front door. To the west are the living room, dining room and kitchen. In the south part of the house are a den and the master bedroom suite. A covered loggia offering views of the pool can be accessed from the master bedroom, the living room and dining room. North of the living room are two guest bedroom suites and the garage. The latter was another feature that drew the men to the house.
“Being automobile aficionados, (we knew that) having an air-conditioned, three-car garage and parking for an additional four cars was a major rarity for a property of this size,” St. George says.
Floors throughout are marble, and ceilings are high — 14-feet in the living room and 11-feet throughout the rest of the house. Bathrooms are appointed in marble or a combination of marble and tile.
“The split floor plan, with bedrooms on both sides of the residence, allows privacy, yet affords the ease of having house guests,” St. George says.
The homeowners have completely renovated the center-island kitchen, which features contemporary-style custom cabinetry, quartzite counters, professional-grade appliances and a backsplash with aluminum, polished glass and Italian porcelain tiles. They refinished the nearby dining room’s walls in Venetian plaster.
Outside, they changed the shape of the pool, in the process converting it from freshwater to saltwater. They also added the loggia for lounging and entertaining.
Other improvements and renovations have included enhancing privacy and security features, installing impact-resistant glass windows and doors; adding a full-house natural-gas generator; and renovating or updating the bathrooms.
The homeowners say they prize the North End for its privacy but note that shopping and dining options in the Royal Poinciana Way and Midtown districts are only a few minutes away.
“No matter where we live, Palm Beach will always be a part of our lives, because of our wonderful friends here and our charitable involvements, especially with Palm Beach Island Cats,” St. George says, referring to the non-profit group that helps manage the town’s feral cat population.