As Stock Custom Homes of Naples approached its first residential development project in Palm Beach, the company let architect Roger Janssen take the lead.
Janssen, after all, has years of experience designing homes on the island as principal of Dailey Janssen Architects in West Palm Beach.
He knew the lay of the land, so to speak — exactly what Stock Custom Homes executives wanted as they began envisioning the project they would build on speculation on a long-vacant oceanfront lot at 916 S. Ocean Blvd. in the Estate Section.
“We’ve always done high-end luxury homes from Naples to Big Sky, Montana, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Entering Florida’s east coast market, we started to build in Wellington in 2016,” says Matthew Sellick, president of Stock Custom Homes, a division of Stock Development.
“The Palm Beach market was always a good fit for us and our business model.
“We wanted to fit into the Palm Beach market and the surrounding homes, and Roger took the lead on that, which is how we ended up with what we have.”
And what they have is an estate they expect to complete this summer although it already is being marketed, furnished, with a price of $59 million.
Building began nearly two years ago
The company broke ground on the house in June 2019 on the lot of eight-tenths of an acre with 130 feet of beachfront on the other side of the coastal road. The lot lies about a mile south of Worth Avenue.
In addition to Janssen, others working on the project include landscape designer Keith Williams, a principal of Nievera Williams Landscape Design, and a design team at Marc-Michaels Interior Design.
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With eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and three half-baths, the estate will have 14,916 square feet of living space, inside and out, including a beachfront cabana connected to the main house by a tunnel beneath the coastal road. Carol A. Sollak of Engel & Völkers is the listing agent.
Among its features, the property will have two swimming pools — one for the main house and the other by the cabana at the beach.
“Outdoor living spaces are one of our hallmarks, and this property has lushly landscaped terraces, an outdoor kitchen, outdoor seating with a fireplace — and the main pool has multiple fountains,” Selleck says.
The house is being built next door to one of Palm Beach’s most recognizable landmarks — the 1928 mansion many locals refer to as the “ham-and-cheese” house because of its alternating exterior banding of red brick and coral Key stone.
For the new estate, Janssen wanted to create something fitting for a lot next door to the landmarked house, which is considered one of noted architect Maurice Fatio’s masterpieces. As such, Janssen designed a house in a general Mediterranean Revival style and developed around the courtyard — one of Fatio’s design signatures.
“Stock didn’t have preconceived notions. They allowed us to study the property and come up with a home that has serious architecture commensurate with the Estate Section that would capitalize on the ocean views and take advantage of the depth of the property,” Janssen says.
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Janssen’s design placed the driveway south of the house and leading west through the motor court to a three-car garage. From the motor court, the entry and foyer were laid out to open onto an ocean-facing living room, with two guest bedroom suites — one facing the ocean, and the other facing the pool — just north. Janssen put an oceanfront library east of the foyer, with a formal dining room, family room and kitchen to the west.
Beautiful master suite
The master suite was designed to comprise the entire north portion of the second-floor. Drawings show French doors opening from the bedroom to oceanside and poolside verandas. On the other side of the floor plan are an ocean-view guest suite as well as two additional guest suites and a lounge. Above the garage are guest quarters.
Janssen also made use of the basement, which will house a game room, an exercise room, a home theater, a wine cellar, and a lounge with a bar.
Melissa Adair, senior project manager at Marc-Michaels, says the interiors will suit the demands of modern living with high-end finishes and “clean-lined-transitional to more-modern light fixtures and furnishings. The palette is fresh and clean – lots of layered neutrals with soft grays and blues that create an elegant and livable design.”
For the main house’s cabana, Adair adds, the plan calls for “more of a beachy aesthetic – lighter wood tones, neutrals, natural materials, and clear blue accents. The basement level is moodier than the rest of the house.”
Selleck credits the design team for creating a house commensurate with the company’s debut on the island.
“On all the projects we tackle, we surround ourselves with the best of the best, and we take their guidance,” Selleck says.