Built in 1920, Southways is a Beaux Arts mansion set on 1.3 acres, located in the desirable center of town in Palm Beach, Florida, just 250 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. The home is ideally centered on three lots, with ficus hedges throughout that provide ultimate privacy and seclusion. In addition to the property’s sprawling gardens, imperial iron entry gate, stately columns, and serene pool area, the most unique feature might be its rich history—in fact, the estate was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1990.
Southways was originally built for Theodore and Elizabeth Frelinghuysen, a politically powerful Northeast couple, who owned the home for 47 years. During their residency, the Frelinghuysen family entertained several U.S. presidents who stayed at the home over various winters, including President Warren G. Harding. Thus, it became eloquently known as the “Winter White House,” a nickname that has since been shared with President John F. Kennedy’s Palm Beach retreat and President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. In 1968, the Frelinghuysens sold the home to the late Charles Gallant and his wife Antoinette of Chevy Chase and Gibson Island, Maryland. With only two owners over nearly a century, this listing offers an extremely rare opportunity to own a home with such a distinguished pedigree.
This estate is one of just two Beaux Arts–style homes in all of Palm Beach—the other being Whitehall, which has been transformed into the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. These two homes are representative of the original grand living standard upon which Palm Beach’s reputation is based. The architect, Francis Hoppin of Hoppin & Koen, which was at one time part of McKim, Mead & White, studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and applied his skills to create this regal masterpiece, the interior of which would be designed with equal extravagance.
Intended for entertaining on a large scale, Southways features oversized, bright rooms with high ceilings, marble and wood floors, five fire places, eight staff rooms, a butler’s pantry, a linen room, and a chauffer’s apartment. A sweeping staircase in the entryway leads to the second floor, where there are five large, opulent bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath. The extensive plaster moldings and details seen across the home make this one of the most spectacular dwellings in Palm Beach.
Southways is listed for $21,900,000. For more information, visit southways.info or contact Steven A. Gallant of Gallant Appraisal & Realty at email@example.com or 561.329.5499.