Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Listing of the Week! Princess Isle Beachfront Estate
20 Princess Island is on the market for US$13.8 million
Take the vibe and facilities of a luxury hotel, add even more space and privacy and that imitable feeling of being at home (albeit an unspeakably glamorous one) and you have 20 Princess lsland; a property so heart stoppingly pretty that one can imagine it inhabited by angels – Victoria’s Secret angels that is. The 13,600 sq ft residence – which can be found in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island – is owned by former president of Victoria’s Secret Mail Order, David Kollat.
And for good reason. The estate (which has been made to Miami/Dade standards) overlooks the ocean making it the ultimate in exotic escapism. The lush landscape – coconut and Cuban palms, Gumbo-limbo and sea grape trees, oleander, hibiscus, green and silver buttonwood – combined with 1.44 acres of private beach and 0.28 acres of canal only serve to heighten this feeling further. Meanwhile the elegant façade makes you think you have stepped back in time to a far more graceful age and is very much in keeping with Kollat’s taste. He explains: “When I was in the fashion business I spent a lot of time in beautiful mansions in Newport, Rhode Island, and Palm Beach, Florida. I loved the architecture of Palm Beach, particularlythe work of Addison Misner; his work was the primary inspiration for the architectural style of the house. The architect and I used coral, hand made barrel roof tiles [made in Colombia andRL CASTLE IN THE SAND | 53 secured with stainless steel nails and cement], pecky Cyprus and so on in the style of the 1920s, but blended in modern necessities and touches like hurricane proof windows and doors.” Yet while the architectural appeal is amazing, the interior space is equally spectacular.
Here standout features include coral filled floors that give a feel for the Caribbean, doors that open onto a terrace and bathrooms boasting a bath with Waterworks fixtures and a rain shower. But the main master bedroom takes some beating equipped as it is with enough marble to rival Rome. The master suite comes complete with a closet that provides ample space to store a wardrobe worthy of Carrie Bradshaw, while the bathroom includes an oversized marble shower and special rain shower plus a double vanity with marble surface on Cyprus cabinets which enclose a bar and refrigerator. All told, the standard of work and attention to detail is exceptional. As for the décor, the colour scheme ranges from masculine deep chocolate browns to bright whites and breezy blues that create a light island mood while custom made Ralph Lauren furnishings lend an instant hit of chic. Over 100 objects d’art by celebrated artists such as Stephen Kelly, Bruce Tolman, Marcella Mumet and custom framed prints of famous work by Picasso, Warhol, Matisse, Miro, Lichenstein and the like up the ante even further.
The building also boasts every amenity an owner could desire; domestic gods and goddesses will no doubt appreciate the state of the art kitchen with its Wolfe range griddle, grill, two ovens and four burners, two Monogram dishwashers, trash compacter and Sub Zero refrigerator and freezer. Other first class facilities include a fully equipped gym, heated outdoor pool, Brunswick pool table, Baldwin grand piano, Creston music system, phone paging system, wireless internet and flat screen televisions in each room. With so much on offer, Kollat concedes that it is hard for him tosingle out a favourite spot: “I love being everywhere in the house, on the loggia and by the pool – all of which are within 100 feet of the ocean,” he says. “The beach stretches for nearly a mile each way, and several days can pass without seeing a single person walk by.