Sleepy Singer Island, a beachy enclave that rests due north of Palm Beach, has awakened to the sounds of new residential development for the first time in nearly a decade. Condominiums have stood on its lush grounds for some time, but now — thanks to available land and a desire to reside near the Palm Beaches — forthcoming properties will breathe new-school luxury into the area.
One of them is the glassy 5000 North Ocean — a Randall Stofft and BC Architects-designed tower that will reach 19 stories in height (pre-construction pricing from $2 million). Its 48 posh dwellings — ranging from 2,706 to 4,897 square feet — boast expansive terraces, roomy chef’s kitchens with Thermador appliances and master suites with spalike bathrooms.
Nearby, VistaBlue Singer Island, a 58-unit structure designed by GliddenSpina — with elegant interiors by Steven G. — will house residences spanning 2,784 to 6,423 square feet (from $1.4 million). Perks include floor-to-ceiling windows, wraparound terraces with Atlantic and Intracoastal vistas, and high ceilings. Residents can take a dip in the property’s ocean-facing pool and relax in a lounge with high-definition televisions and two bars, while executive types stay busy in the on-site boardroom.
New, lavish residences may also extend to the area’s western end, where a condominium with 135 homes, named Singer Island Gateway, is proposed along the Intracoastal. Beyond top-of-the-line dwellings and amenities, buyers also benefit from Singer Island’s calm atmosphere. “It’s quaint, it’s beachy — and that’s appealing because people enjoy that lifestyle,” says Jay Parker of Douglas Elliman, which is handling sales and marketing at VistaBlue. “They want to move at a little bit of a slower pace. That was the draw of Florida, historically: that quiet, peaceful beach-town feeling.”
14564 Laurel Trail boasts a 17-stall stable, an air-conditioned hay room and grooming areas.Eric Kovacs Photography
What do Bill Gates, Laurene Powell Jobs and Michael Bloomberg have in common? The obvious answer is billions of dollars. But a prestigious South Florida enclave located some 18 miles west of Palm Beach draws them even closer. The three own multimillion-dollar properties in Wellington — a small town favored by the elite for its tradition of equine sports.
The riding set converges here each January for the Winter Equestrian Festival — a three-month-long event held at the esteemed Palm Beach International Equestrian Center — where these 1-percenters’ respective daughters (Jennifer, Eve and Georgina) compete in show jumping. Wellington is also held in high regard for its winter polo season, which concludes in late April with the US Open Polo Championship.
But surrounding the town’s celebrated equestrian culture is a demand for luxury living — specifically, extravagant estates fit for discerning clientele and their pampered horses. “Buyers . . . want to maintain their usual quality of life in comfort, and have a beautiful home and barn for living and entertaining,” says Douglas Elliman’s Maria Mendelsohn, who represents a number of these properties in town.
One of them, just a mile from the equestrian center, at 2488 Appaloosa Trail, has all the trappings of lavish South Florida estates: a renovated six-bedroom residence with a gourmet kitchen, media room and heated pool, as well as a 12-stall barn, an oversize riding arena and separate grooms’ quarters with two bedrooms ($6.6 million).
Meanwhile, at 14564 Laurel Trail, approximately 2 miles from the equestrian center, stands a compound with 9,853 square feet of living space, in addition to a 17-stall stable, an air-conditioned hay room and grooming areas ($9.99 million). “Wellington is unique to serve equestrian aficionados from around the world,” says Thomas Baldwin, whose Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty markets the latter listing.
The Residences at the Mandarin OrientalPenn-Florida Companies
Boca Raton, Palm Beach County’s southernmost city, has long been known as a magnet for corporate headquarters and brag-worthy residences. But as well-heeled executives continue to flock to this affluent community for professional pursuits and empty-nesters look to downsize in warmer climes, enterprising developers are crafting luxury condominiums to give them all a place to call home.
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Boca Raton — showcasing 85 flats — is one such prominent addition to the Boca skyline (from $1.8 million). Anchoring the $1 billion Via Mizner — a high-class multiuse downtown destination set to boast boutiques, restaurants and a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course — this address will have tony features to match. Floor-to-ceiling exposures overlook Atlantic and city views; elsewhere on the property, homeowners can access a rooftop pool with a Jacuzzi, a private dining room and a meditation garden.
Also on the rise is the 170-unit, Derek Vander Ploeg-designed Tower 155 (from $550,000). A two-story lobby and clubroom will be crowned by Steven G.-dressed homes boasting porcelain-tile flooring, spacious walk-in closets and lofty ceilings. But living in the thick of it all doesn’t always suit everyone’s fancy.
“We’re in the No. 1 residential country club in the US,” says Richard Siemens, the developer of Akoya Boca West — the first residential edifice to rise within the renowned Boca West oasis in some 20 years (from $860,000). Not only does this 139-unit condominium, fashioned by GarciaStromberg, provide open living areas and floor-to-ceiling exposures with golf course vistas, it’s also a skip away from 400,000 square feet of club amenities — including six restaurants, a European-style spa and a fitness center. Though separated from the urban center, convenience is paramount. “[Our clients] desire the service . . . that they can’t get in a single-family home,” Siemens adds.