Florida ID: 6398
89 Middle Road
John W. Kluge's Iconic Palm Beach Estate Palm Beach
- Garage Spaces4
- Approx. Sq. Ft.23,000
- Ocean view
Comprised of a coveted 4.3 acres in the heart of Palm Beach's exclusive estate section, billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, John Kluge, created a magnificent, ultra private paradise enhanced by 150' of priceless oceanfront. An unparalleled "trophy" compound in every sense, the estate's four parcels were pieced together completing Mr. Kluge's vision of an unusually large property of nearly 75% green space with impeccably landscaped park like gardens, a perfect showcase for art. Main residences on the estate include an updated circa-1935 Garden House with 12,000 sq.ft. and a 6,000 sq.ft. Mediterranean Revival-style Ocean House designed in 1921 by society architect Addison Mizner. Three additional buildings on the property accommodate guests and/or staff.
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According to early settler accounts, Palm Beach received its name from the shipwreck of the "Providencia."
The ship washed ashore in January of 1878 with a cargo of cocoanuts bound from Havana to Barcelona. Early settlers lost no time salvaging and planting the cocoanuts, which were not native to South Florida, hoping to launch the area into the commercial cocoanut industry. But this lush barrier island, 16 miles long and located 65 miles north of Miami, was destined for much bigger things. Its close proximity to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream produced a hothouse environment where the crème de la crème would flourish.