Villa Bellezza

Meticulous Detailing And World-Class Craftsmanship Are The Hallmarks Of This Spectacular New Home Evocative Of A Centuries-Old Italian Estate

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When businessman, philanthropist and cultural enthusiast Patrick Park was looking to build a primary residence to accommodate hosting charity events, he was moved to purchase an acre-plus lot in the exclusive Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla. Calling upon designer Susan Gale, who had worked with Park on two previous projects, the result was a five-year-long task of designing and building a 20,000-square-foot estate that resembles the legendary ancestral villas of northern Italy.

From the outset, Park was firm in one request: that each space of the home — christened Villa Bellezza, or Beautiful Home — should have an individual presence and interest that stands on its own. And Gale answered with meticulous detailing and custom furnishings that encompass every aspect of the house, from the stately exterior architecture to the interior's exquisite style.

Starting in the living room, second story-height windows and tall French doors lend an abundance of natural light that counters luxurious textures and finishes. A mix of new, custom pieces and refurbished antiques provides a classically timeless yet welcoming theme in French blue and buttery yellow. Jerusalem stone flooring flows from the living room to the dining room, where strong architectural elements include the 14-foot-high ceiling's ornate plaster moldings inspired by New York's Tavern on the Green and walls reminiscent of those in The Ritz Hotel in Paris.

Through the dining room lies the great room, where a grand concert piano is placed beneath the designer's spectacular, custom stairway. Gale ordered the two matching area rugs to coincide with the botanical motif of the drapery fabric. Walnut planks extend throughout the room, where deep-seated furnishings add a touch of informality. Outside on the loggia, sweeping views of the golf course cued Gale's lime green and French blue palette set against a pecky cypress-beamed ceiling and Spanish terra cotta tile flooring.

"It is a real gift to be able to work with a client who encourages you to max out your creativity," Gale summarizes. "As a designer, I couldn't have hoped for a better project." Likewise, Park feels the five-year endeavor was time well spent. "If you want to be proud of something, you should take the time to do it right," he says. "It was a wonderful experience working with such talented people, and I am so pleased with the results."

Susan Gale, Susan Gale & Associates, Inc., Boynton Beach, FL

Kim Sargent, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Interior Architecture
Phoenix Architecture, Inc., West Palm Beach, FL

Exterior Architecture
Santayana Design, Inc., Coral Springs, FL

MCG Mutchnik Construction Group, Inc., Hallandale Beach, FL

J F Brennan Construction, Ontario, Canada

Landscape Architecture
Lucido & Associates, Stuart, FL

Text by
De Schofield