Wednesday, November 16, 2011

AN ISLAND STATE OF MIND

Bermuda...Men in jackets and Bermuda shorts, squeaky clean pastel- hued houses hanging above soft pink beaches, cocktails on some swanky terrace with British accents or wannabe Brits from the Hamptonsaffecting British accents.. Actually Bermuda did not begin life as a British colony.... it was discovered by a Spaniard, Juan de Bermúdez ... and remained occupied only by wild pigs until the Brits settled it in 1609, making it the oldest and most populous remaining British overseas territory. But enough about history.... after all, isn't it all about architecture? You can rent the pink villa below for $1000/night.... not bad considering it's two hundred bucks a night to stay in a suite in Tallahassee!  And the villa comes with pool, four bedrooms and a killer view of the Atlantic Ocean.

But you don't have to hop a G4 to catch the charm and romance of Bermuda Colonial arcitecture.   Growing up in Miami we were mesmerized by Arvida's development of a dreamscape called Gables Estates..... handsome stuccoed mansions mimicking their British Island cousins, dotting manmade canals leading out to Biscayne Bay.
In Tampa, Culbreath Isles was Joe Byars' and George Thompson's transplanted Bermudan paradise. 
The style has its roots back in 18th cent. England... When the Georges... the kings, I, II, III and IV reigned over a realm where the sun Never set and brilliant architects like Sir Christopher Wren gave country houses tall pitched roofs, stoccoed walls, tall windows and elegantly restrained ornamet.   Naturally British Colonists exported the style to the islands, giving it a more laid back look.... those tall windows welcomed the ocean  breezes, cold stone floors gave the sun a brush off and those tall tiled roofs provided plenty of distance between you and the midday heat.
I recently sold a Bermuda Colonial in Beach Park Isles that had been converted to a pastiche of Spanish and Georgian architecture.   My buyers realized making it great again was too much trouble and razed the place.... in this case, not a bad idea.... however, there's a lovely Joe Byars original I have for sale that gets you the best of Culbreath Isles minus the 1 in front of six zeroes.
The beautifully tailored lines of 4903 Estrella are the perfect American
translation of the style:  The pale stucco walls, the beautiful oval window above the entrance, the stately rooflines.   It's a classic center foyer traditional just steps to the water with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a pool terrace fit for a cocktail soiree with people affecting any kind of accent they like. Like wat you see?  Take a look inside with my exclusive video story: ...   http://www.prestonfarley.com/videos/4903_estrella.html     OH WHAT A LIFE!

 



1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u...



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