With a style all their own, tropical South Florida havens have been charming permanent residents, snow birds and weekenders alike for decades. The originals are few and far between these days given how difficult it is to maintain an older home in the harsh conditions of humidity and the ever present threat of hurricanes down South. Another reason? The prospect of building a very large, new home in place of these more seasoned abodes is an attractive one to many. While in Boca Raton last week, I did some touring to put my eyes on the oldies but goodies you’ll see below. They’re so divine, I was a smidge tempted to move back. Then I remembered what that weather does to my hair, a cross between finger-in-a-light-socket and cotton candy, and quickly abandoned the relocation scheme.
Off of Camino Real, the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club is sparsely dotted with Bermuda-style cottages and a few other delights that make you want to sip a Mai-Tai in a patio dress. Construction of this development began in 1959 and plots for homes were snapped up quickly by those wanting waterfront property with golf and polo amenities. Neighborhood guidelines mandated that all homes were to have white roofs and be one story; oh to go back in time and see streets lined with these beauties!
Just what developer Arthur Vinings Davis had in mind for his Boca Raton Resort & Club adjacent neighborhood, these homes are 1960’s originals. They’re topped with pristine white shingle roofs, sit on very large lots and boast waterfront or golf course facing backyards. Do I sound like a realtor yet?
It’s All About the Awning
If it were up to me, I would slap an awning on everything. The charm factor is off the charts on these next three homes that used the embellishment just right.
I would venture to say that this retro lady is the only one of her kind left in Boca Raton so based on originality, she made my list of highlights. If you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of the perfectly mod staircase in the window.
In the historic Old Floresta neighborhood, Addison Mizner’s grand plan of residences for his family and the employees of the nearby Cloister Inn (now Boca Raton Resort & Club), there are just three of his originals left. They all date back to the 1920’s and their owners have managed to preserve them especially well.
Right on the water, this pretty Spanish-style house surrounded by meticulous, lush landscaping caught my eye. The turquoise painted window panes add so much character!
I hope you enjoyed touring classic Boca Raton homes with me, if this is your cup of tea, you might like this post I did on the history of the city and Mizner’s big dreams for it. All pictures were taken with my iPhone on a hazy day from the backseat of my dad’s car so I apologize for the poor-ish quality! A big thank you to him for carting me around all afternoon and to my sister for joining along!