When Palm Beach socialite Lila Vanderbilt Webb conceived this Gulf Stream compound in 1931, in tandem with her son and renowned architect Maurice Fatio, she sourced design ideas from famed architect Addison Mizner and design materials (from tiles to stonework) from his local factory. Her vision, artfully realized by prominent Palm Beach builder C. G. Warner, had as its focal point a three-story tower residence crowned by the mirador (lookout) that inspired its name.
While Lila was a gracious hostess who demanded an inviting environ for family and friends, she also required a serene setting for herself. One that nurtured her personal privacy and sense of ease with protected areas, glorious ocean views, secure accommodations. The resulting walled gated compound was completed in 1933.
Reimagined in 2014 by architect Mark Marsh, contractor Tim Givens, interior designers Richard Fast and Jean Greeson, and award-winning landscape architects Nievera Williams, Miradero has been modernized, refined and expanded without ever compromising its architectural integrity or over-arching charm.
This iconic compound offers the ideal ultra-luxury escape from an uncertain world.
Today’s Miradero, comprised of its signature tower residence, the original guesthouse and a pool house addition, marries exceptional finishes sourced from around the world with the ultimate in convenient secure Smart House technology.
With its stylish sit-down bars, sculpted pool and spas, comprehensive gym, finely crafted sauna, sequestered gardens, private canopied path to a pristine beach, this protected oceanfront cocoon offers exceptional amenities and a remarkably relaxed lifestyle. All in close proximity to the superb shopping, dining, and entertainment available in the nearby hamlets of Delray Beach and Palm Beach, as well as Boca Raton.
North Ocean Boulevard, Gulf Stream, Florida. Established as an exclusive winter resort in the 1920’s, Gulf Stream is a hidden gem in the heart of South Florida’s fabled Gold Coast. This quiet oceanfront hamlet, prized for exceptional quality of life and historic charm, is served by a winding stretch of Ocean Boulevard, canopied with Australian pines, that has been designated a Historic Scenic Highway. It is ideally situated just north of charming Delray Beach, where an eclectic array of shopping, dining, and entertainment options are available along vibrant Atlantic Avenue. Convenient air transport is barely 10± miles south at Boca Raton’s private executive airport, or 16± miles north at Palm Beach International Airport.
This estate-sized oceanfront property is electronically gated, hedged, and approached by a long paver drive. It proceeds past the guesthouse, with its attached garage and private walled/hedged relaxation area with saline spa and spillover fountain, to a large motor court at the heart of the compound.
A linear coral deck and resort-style pool with separate spa lie between the pool house and the tower residence, framed by a serene tropical landscape with specimen palms, statuary, an original fountain, multiple seating areas, and a trellised walkway.
On the far side of the tower residence is an oceanfront sun deck with a stairway to a seagrape-canopied beach path with après beach shower.
First floor: A wrought iron door opens into a foyer entry hall with hand-painted Italian tile floor. To the right, a living room with hickory floor and detailed coffered ceiling adjoins a dining room with slanted washed cypress beam ceiling, hand-painted tile floor, arched windows and French doors to the pool. Beyond the living room, a butler’s pantry with wet bar and wine cooler is prelude to a light-filled oceanview family room with original moldings and cast stone fireplace, marble tile floor, and pocket doors to the oceanfront terrace. A charming oceanview kitchen, with slanted tongue/groove ceiling, custom cabinetry, marble counters, painted tile backsplash, top-tier Sub-Zero/Wolf/Miele appliances, and an Electrolux laundry room complete this level.
Second Floor: The oceanfront master suite encompasses an expansive bedroom with wood floor, antique English fireplace, drop-down television, and French doors to a wrought iron balcony; his and hers master baths (his with oceanview shower, hers with spa tub); and spacious partner boutique walk-in closets.
Third Floor: An oceanview office with wood floor offers a spiral staircase to the roof-top mirador, used as a lookout for enemy ships during WWII.
Pool House: This one-story addition features a living room with terrazzo floor, antique fireplace, lighted wine bar with 120-bottle cellar, mini-fridge and dishwasher; a guestroom with built-ins and walk-in closet sharing a steam shower Jack and Jill bath with a full gym with odor-resistant rubber floor; and a cedar sauna.
Guest House: This single-level abode with reclaimed hickory floors features a central greatroom with brick walls, hickory fireplace, pecky cypress peaked ceiling, kitchenette/wet bar, and French doors to the private spa with spillover fountain. At one end, a VIP suite with slanted pecky cypress ceiling and boutique walk-in closet has an attached marble bath. At the other end, two guestrooms share a bath with steam shower. A second laundry with Miele stack unit completes this split plan.
Special Features: fully automated Crestron® smarthouse technology; volume detailed ceilings; custom Tischler windows; natural gas stove/fireplaces; Kohler generator supports 95% of property.
Type: Residential – Single Family
Beds: 5 Baths: 5
Total Sq. Ft.: 7,058 sq. ft.
Year Built: 1928