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Old Palm Golf Club's brand-new neighborhood the Isle Estates praised for its uniqueness

March 14, 2014

It was a night to remember as hundreds of real estate professionals toured the four new model homes in the Isle Estates, the first new neighborhood in Old Palm since its inception. Their praise was lavish and immediate as they recognized that the Isle Estates represents an entirely new design concept unlike anything else in the Palm Beaches. “The architecture in Isle Estates is fresh and wonderfully original,” says Connie McGinnis, Director of Sales. “While reminiscent of Bermuda and the British West Indies, it’s truly unique and sets a new standard in coastal architectural design.” The difference is noticeable right at the entry to the Isle Estates. Enticingly curved coconut palms flank Plantation Way, the street that meanders past the neighborhood’s 33 home sites. The landscaping is extraordinarily tropical with bright splashes of color that’s picked up in the tile of the wall fountains and roundabout fountains, adding texture and interest. The neighborhood’s independent luxury builders—Courchene Development Corporation and Hasey Construction—embraced the coastal style by designing four innovative models with architecture that perfectly complements the ambiance of the islands. As the real estate professionals toured the new homes, all agreed how easy it was to imagine the homes being in the British West Indies or on an exclusive tropical island. Each model is beautifully situated on a third-acre home site with vistas of one of Old Palm’s largest lakes and spectacular Raymond Floyd-designed golf course. Because of the generous size of the home sites, there is plenty of room for outdoor activities. Still, the homes are the marquee attraction. Named for Bermuda’s elegant capital, the Hamilton by Courchene reflects all the beauty and iconic architecture of the British-influenced island. The model’s exterior is white with pale-blue shutters. A rough-hewn limestone wall fountain welcomes visitors as they approach the front door, and the Hamilton’s large windows and doors bathe the interior in natural light. “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.” The Hamilton’s one-story layout encompasses 5,080 square feet under air and features four bedrooms, five full baths, a powder room, a great room and club room, and a three-car garage. Insignia Design Group created the inspiring interiors using a palette of blues and crisp whites, colors long associated with Bermuda. Highlights include a stunning master suite, a luxurious and inviting great room and a club room featuring custom built-ins, emphasizing a rich, high-gloss teal finish. The Hamilton can be built with a starting price of $2,250,000. The St. James, Courchene’s other model in Isle Estates, is also one story but is slightly larger with 5,129 square feet under air. It offers four bedrooms, five full and two half baths, and a separate club room toward the front of the home, away from the spacious living room and family room. Like the Hamilton, it features an abundance of floor-to-ceiling windows. The architectural highlights of the St. James include beamed ceilings, a covered lanai off the family room, and easy access to the swimming pool from the master bedroom. Insignia Design created the interiors, relying on palette of soothing browns, creams and blue accents. The St. James is available starting at $2,260,000. The Bonair, one of Hasey Construction’s new models, is a study in serenity and coastal architecture. With 5,275 square feet under air, it’s designed with an alluring informality, spaciousness and enticing natural flow between the indoors and outdoors. “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.” The Bonair offers four bedrooms, five full and two half baths in a traditional great room layout with a club room, theatre and upstairs lounge accessible by stairs or elevator. The lounge opens onto a rear terrace that takes full advantage of the panoramic views. The Decorators Unlimited created the interiors using mostly contrasting earthen tones, although the colors upstairs are more whimsical and include splashes of blues and greens. The Bonair is priced starting at $2,325,000. Equally impressive is Hasey’s two-story Belize. It makes a statement of hospitality right at the entryway, where a fountain with a pineapple at its center welcomes all. Inside, the 5,540-square-foot under air model boasts five bedrooms, six full and two half baths, a living room, family room, club room and upstairs lounge in a more traditional layout. One of the most noteworthy architectural features is the glass-fronted wine cellar that occupies one of the living room walls. Rogers Design Group created the interiors of the Belize in beautifully complementary shades of brown and cream. Still, there are tonal surprises, especially upstairs where accent colors tend to be brighter. For instance, the wallpaper in one of the guest bathrooms is an appealing fuchsia. There is also a touch of whimsy in dining room’s swirled chandelier. The Belize is available starting at $2,325,000.


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