Palm Beach is famed for luxury living on a grand scale. Nowhere captures this better than the tropical paradise vibes of the 15-acre waterfront estate known as Gemini. A home straddling the heart of the ocean and the heart of Lake Worth, Gemini sits like a beauty queen atop a throne of dunes – boasting impressive 360-degree views on its very own barrier island.
The only home for a mile on the ocean shore, yet a stone throw from the splendor of Worth Avenue, buyers will delight at the 12-room main residence, the two-four bed cottages, the seven-bed mango house, and the separate staff living quarters.
The pleasure doesn’t stop at the plethora of space. Gemini, ever the brightest of the zodiac signs, also boasts endless lounge and dining spaces, media rooms, a grand library, extensive wine cellar, swimming pool, PGA golf area, tennis court, basketball court, spa, private pathways down to the sparkling white sands and ocean, and a pier and dock stretching out onto the lake.
Other darling quirks include a butterfly garden for morning meditation, a bird sanctuary, a model train and fully furnished system of underground tunnels for secretly navigating your way around the estate. The extensive botanical gardens have been sculpted on the blazing colors and heady scents of the Caribbean, showcasing 1500 tropical species to transport you to the blue gauze and glory of the British Virgin Isles.
Built in the 1940’s by Marion Sims Wyeth and later owned by the wealthy Ziff Family, Gemini has enjoyed her fair share of upmarket guests. From the Duke and Duchess of Windsor to famed writer Truman Capote, one can only imagine the socialite parties that lasted the length of the summer here.
From the outside, Gemini is pure heaven. Think palms as tall as the Eiffel Tower, Mediterranean inspired architecture, and landscaping that makes the estate seemingly disappear like a mirage – a mesmerizing magic trick for those residents seeking pure privacy in one of the most ‘on the radar spots’ in the USA.
The inside casually bleeds beautifully into the outside, regardless of the heavy French doors and Italian loggias. With butterflies drifting and birds singing in the fig trees, you feel as though you have been transported into a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. Indigenous coral stone adorns the exterior, whereas inside you are treated to rare woods from Africa, cool to the touch marble and glowing granite surfaces.
In-keeping with the tale of two sides, it’s amazing how you can sweep through easy breezy spaces into a more formal setting. The elegant dining room is royal blues married with mahogany and crystal chandeliers.
Walls of flowers, well placed art pieces, hanging vines and warm wood ceilings bring an air of sturdy romance. Bedrooms are a cooling vision of luxury thread white linens, billowing pale curtains, polished regal tones, and the ocean peeping out behind the green glazed views from the window.
The library will leave book lovers smitten, with shelf after shelf of floor to ceiling titles and low lighting for a quiet contemplative mood. The wine cellar too, less a cellar and more a museum piece for storing your favorite tastes in a high-tech temperature-controlled environment.
The PGA Golf Green is a highlight for those who love a good putt. With views out onto the ocean, you have all the time in the world to work on your drive. What makes Gemini such an idyllic retreat is that she offers not only a home, but a five-star resort to call your own. A place where days are spent swimming in azure waters, shooting hoops, and sipping lemonade beneath bougainvillea is a place we want to stay.
Listed by Cristina Condon and Todd Peters of Sotheby’s International