Nick Churton of Mayfair International Realty finds the answer to living in Europe – Delray Beach, Florida.
Europe is lovely – or it can be. The Cote d’Azure, especially, is a wonderful place to own property. But it is a long way from the USA. Air travel isn’t what it was – what with the extra security and all that hanging around – and the Euro certainly isn’t looking as if it may work as hard as the dollar in property investment for the foreseeable future.
So I struggle to imagine why, for many, it would not be better to live in Delray Beach. Of course it’s not the same. But in many ways it is better. The thing about big European houses is that many of them are old and cold. That means that bits fall off and need replacing, the weather gets in and keeping them warm is a never-ending business.
I was thinking about this as I looked over 315 S.E. 7th Avenue, Delray Beach. It is beautiful – an Intercostal house that, on the outside, is confident in its subtropical Florida architecture. But look inside. Inside takes this home to another level all together. Inside is palatial. Inside reminds us what American interior design can achieve when it is at its best. It reminds us that, in the right hands, the fusion of contemporary and comfortable can produce a home of enormous style, taste and luxury.
It’s all done in calm, muted, natural tones that contrast with the surrounding plantings and the sparkling water of the Intracoastal. It’s done with high ceilings and long drapes. And it’s done with fabulous finishes and the highest specification.
This home may look as if it owes much to a Mediterranean influence. But really it doesn’t. It owes everything to the Floridian influence. Come and have a look. I would be surprised if you are not influenced to live there.