Old Palm News

Introducing the Isle Estates Model Opening in Old Palm Golf Club.

March 07, 2014

More than a brand-new neighborhood, it’s an entirely new concept. This weekend’s Grand Opening of the Isle Estates will be a game changer. Because Isle Estates is not only the first brand-new neighborhood in Old Palm since its inception, it’s also a totally new concept unlike anything else in the Palm Beaches. The architecture is dramatically different, the home sites offer unprecedented long vistas, and the landscaping uniquely evokes the ambiance of the islands. There is simply nothing else like Isle Estates. Think of it as a tropical isle oasis with luxurious overtones of the British West Indies and Bermuda with a prominent Caribbean flair. Coastal architecture such as this is rarely if ever found in planned communities, which adds yet another distinct style and personality to the wonderful variety of architecture already found in Old Palm’s other three neighborhoods. Isle Estates’ unique qualities are immediately apparent upon entering the neighborhood. Enticingly curved coconut palms flank the entire length of Plantation Way, the lovely street that meanders past the 33 home sites in Isle Estates. The overall landscaping is exceptionally colorful with bright splashes of yellow cassia, purple orchid trees, red bougainvillea, and imperial blue plumbago. Many of the colors carry through into the tile of the wall fountains and roundabout fountains, adding texture and further setting the tropical tone. “Isle Estates is a completely unique concept within Old Palm,” explains Connie McGinnis, Director of Sales. “The neighborhood looks and feels coastal; so much so that you might think you were in the British West Indies or in an exclusive enclave on Palm Beach. The neighborhood’s independent home builders, Courchene Development Corporation and Hasey Construction, have embraced the style and designed homes with architecture that wonderfully complements it.” Four model homes are now finished and open for touring in the Isle Estates. Each model is beautifully sited on a one-third acre home site, a size unique to the neighborhood and generous enough to provide plenty of room for outdoor living. Each home site overlooks one of Old Palm’s largest lakes, the spectacular Raymond Floyd-designed golf course, or both. They offer the most unobstructed vistas in the community and to extend the views even farther, the home sites are slightly elevated. Courchene Development Corporation built two of the brand-new models. Named for the capital of Bermuda, the Hamilton reflects the traditional tropical style of the British-influenced island. Its one-story layout encompasses 5,080 square feet under air and features four bedrooms, five full and one half bath, a great room and club room, and a three-car garage.  The interiors were done by Insignia Design. “It’s a clean, refreshing design that’s very open and airy,” says Paul Courchene, President and Partner of Courchene Development Corporation. “Oversized 12-foot-high motorized pocket doors open to the outside and lead to a free-form shaped swimming pool.” Courchene’s other model, the 5,129-square-foot under-air St. James, is also a one-story residence with four bedrooms, five full and two half baths, and a separate club room away from the spacious living room and family room. Inspired by the British West Indies, the St. James features a transitional interior by Insignia Design that takes advantage of the model’s abundance of natural light. It too offers a three-car garage. Courchene has also designed an innovative plan for the Coquina, a third home design with 4,395 square feet under air. It will feature four bedrooms, four full and one half bath and a study. The Coquina will appeal to homebuyers that don’t need quite as much space, but still want the Isle Estate’s signature coastal architecture. Hasey Construction built the other new models. The two-story 5,275-square-foot under-air Bonair offers four bedrooms and five full and two half baths in a traditional great room plan with a club room, theater and upstairs lounge. Decorators Unlimited created the interiors using light colors that imbue the space with an alluring informality. The model also features a three-car garage. “The coastal architecture lends the Bonair a feeling that’s more casual than might be expected,” says Patrick Hasey, the company’s Director of Sales and Marketing. “Another huge draw is the panoramic view from the second floor that overlooks the lake and the eleventh tee of the Old Palm golf course.” Hasey’s larger 5,540-square-foot under-air Belize is also two stories. The model features five bedrooms, six full and two half baths, a living room, family room, club room and upstairs lounge in a more traditional layout. Rogers Design Group designed the interiors to enhance the delightful coastal architecture. The Belize includes a three-car garage, as well. “There’s a prominent trend in construction for homes exactly like these, which are designed to complement the tropics,” says McGinnis. “The advance interest among brokers and potential home buyers has been extraordinary, and we expect it to become even more intense now that the Isle Estates is open.”


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