Palm Beach Daily News

McCleary, Slotkin part with their longtime North End homes

By: Darrell Hofheinz
Published: 9/19/2012Source: Palm Beach Daily News

Joyce and Joe McLeary have sold their home at 250 Emerald Lane for a recorded $2.15 million to Brian and Sarah Miller, who have already begun renovations. Photo by Sandy McPherson

The longtime home of Pamela and Mitchell Slotkin at 200 Eden Road has sold for a recorded $1.89 million.

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Two Brown Harris Stevens real estate agents found themselves representing themselves when they closed sales of North End homes in recent weeks.

Agent Joyce McCleary and her husband, Joe, sold their two-story, five-bedroom home at 250 Emerald Lane for a recorded $2.15 million to Brian and Sarah Miller of West Palm Beach.

Agent Elizabeth Cleckner of the Corcoran Group represented the Millers. They are among a steady influx of younger families taking advantage of more affordable buying conditions for older homes on the North End, agree McLeary and Cleckner.

The house stands on the corner of North Lake Way. Built in 1950 but later updated, it has a little more than 4,750 square feet of living space, inside and out, including its separate guest cabana.

The Millers have begun their own renovations, Cleckner said, to open up the interiors and ease the transition between outdoors and in.

The McClearys bought the house for about $1.18 million in 1998 and raised their two daughters there. The house had been listed a couple of years ago at $4.275 million, according to the Palm Beach Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. The McLearys relisted it last October at $3.2 million and later dropped the price to $2.75 million.

Meanwhile, agent Pamela Slotkin has closed a recorded $1.89 million sale of the house at 200 Eden Road that she has shared with husband Mitchell for many years. Brown Harris Stevens handled both sides of the deal.

The buyer listed on the deed was Act II Properties LLC, a limited liability company linked in state business records to Susan Shulman of North Palm Beach.

The house, built in 1950, was most recently priced at $2.245 million, down from $2.295 million last September, according to the local MLS. With nearly 3,000 square feet of “total” living space, it stands on a corner lot at Eden Road and North Ocean Boulevard.

And where are they now? Both the Slotkins and the McLearys have moved across the bridge to West Palm Beach.

The McLearys, in fact, are enjoying the view of the Intracoastal Waterway from a 3,000-square-foot condominium they own at Flagler Landing, 3950 N. Flagler Drive.

“This was our goal, to simplify to condo living once our girls were off to college,” says Joyce McLeary.

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Two more deals — Cleckner, meanwhile, has been busy on the North End. She not only brought the buyers to the negotiating table for the McLearys’ residence last month, but also represented another couple when they sold their home on the North End and upsized to another nearby.

Husband-and-wife Andrew J. Forsyth and Kelly M. Williams — part-time Palm Beachers with homes in New York City and Nantucket, Mass. — asked Cleckner, along with her Corcoran colleague John S. Pangborn, to help them sell their updated house at 234 Kenlyn Road. But the house changed hands before the agents even had a chance to list it.

Agent Cara Coniglio McClure of Brown Harris Stevens acted for the buyer, interior decorator R. Sterling Kenan, who was the first house-hunter to see it, Cleckner reports. Kenan made an immediate offer.

According to the deed recorded Aug. 16, Kenan paid $2.37 million for the four-bedroom house, which was built in 1961 with 2,927 square feet of living space, inside and out.

A short time later, Cleckner again represented Williams and Forsyth when they paid a recorded $2.95 million for a seven-bedroom house at 288 Sandpiper Drive listed by Wally Turner of Sotheby’s International Realty. With nearly 7,200 “total” square feet, the house stands on a double lot immediately east of North Lake Way, one lot from the Intracoastal Waterway.

Sellers Mark W. Cook and Paula J. Cook had bought it for about $2.29 million in September 2003. They were married at the time but have since divorced.

With a separate guesthouse, the 1963 house has been extensively renovated and includes a state-of-the-art kitchen, according to Turner’s listing.

The house had been on the market for well over a year, last priced at $3.7 million, down from a high of $4.495 million, according to the MLS listing.

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