Sightseeing in Palm Beach at Dusk

Several folks liked the picture of Sea Gull Cottage I posted yesterday, so I thought I’d throw up a couple more things I saw on the same ride up the Palm Beach Lake Trail.

Biltmore Condos, originally Alba Hotel, in Palm BeachWhat is now the Biltmore Condominiums was built in 1926 as the Alba Hotel, was renamed the Ambassador Hotel and finally became part of the Biltmore chain of Hotels.

Biltmore headed for demolition

Ken Steinhoff and John Lopinot touring Biltmore Hotel in Palm Beach during the mid-70sWhen Palm Beach Post chief photographer John J. Lopinot shot this picture of the two of us reflected in a mirror on a tour of the place in the mid-70s, there was a very good chance that the building would be demolished.

When I get down to that level in my photographic archeological dig, I’ll post pictures of what a dump it had become.

$10.5M for a Biltmore penthouse?

None of us walking through the Biltmore on that tour would have ever thought that one of the three penthouse apartments would go on the market for $10.5 million in January 2009.

Here are details from Megan V. Wilson’s January 28 story in The Palm Beach Daily News:

With 3,299 square feet, the two-bedroom home at 150 Bradley Place, No. 1002, would have the highest price per square foot for a Palm Beach condo at about $3,183 per square foot…

Biltmore map

Owner Pari-Sima Pahlavi, 81, bought the property with her late husband, Dorrez Dolats, for $2.7 million in 1993, according to property records. Pahlavi is the sister-in-law of the former shah of Iran. Her first husband was the late Prince Abdul Reza Pahlavi.

The Biltmore boasts three penthouses, and the north and south ones sold within a month of each other in 2007 for $6 million and $8.9 million, respectively. The south unit covers 3,914 square feet, and real estate broker Tara Pearl, who represented the buyer during its sale, believes it currently holds the condo record for per-square-foot sales price at about $2,274 a square foot.

In May, developer Stephen Ross’ former Il Lugano penthouse set a local record for total price when Lee and Laura Munder bought it for $12.1 million, but at 5,798 square feet, it cost only about $2,087 a square foot.

[Editor’s note: You know you’re in Palm Beach when someone can use the words “only” and $2,087 per square foot in the same sentence.]

Televisions: modern-day equivalent of flickering candles

Palm Beach yacht with TV at dusk

Not too far north of the Biltmore on Lake Trail, I spotted a glow coming from a boat moored in the Intracoastal.

Televisions are the 21st Century version of flickering candles.

You’ll soon learn that flickering lights come from TVs, but steady glows are computer monitors.

6 Replies to “Sightseeing in Palm Beach at Dusk”

  1. I was already thinking of doing an evening ride Monday, either the PB Trail or closer to home on Hypoluxo Island and Lake Worth.

    Your photos may decide it for me in favor of Palm Beach. It’s amazing how something you’ve seen 1,000 times in daylight looks so different in the evening or night.

  2. Check in with me Monday. I’m expecting a new light to come in and I might be up for a ride Monday night.

    I mounted my video camera to the bars for the last ride to try to capture an example of what my old setup is. It would be helpful to have someone along to shoot some stuff of me riding by as a comparison.

    There’s neat stuff to been seen no matter what time of day. That’s one of the cool things about biking and walking. You have time to SEE and not just look.

    You have to learn to LET things catch your eye. There was a woman walking dogs when I was shooting the picture of the TV on the boat.

    I could tell she was wondering what kind of mischief I was up to, so I pointed out what I was looking at. She had never noticed it.

  3. I see more from a bike than a car, but I still tend to look down at the path a lot looking for potholes or whatever and I miss things. I know I missed some wildlife on our last LOST ride that way. And you definitely have a well-tuned photographer’s eye for what might make a good photo.

    I’ll call tomorrow after Noon sometime about going for a ride. I’d be happy to help with photography.

  4. I love the PB at Dusk photos. You ought to expand on it. I gotta get over that way for a bike ride one day. Maybe when it’s a bit cooler and after I get back on my bike for a butt conditioning.

  5. I checked their site and didn’t see a notice, but the next full moon is Friday, Sept. 4, correct?

    If you get together with Hilary to go to the circle and/or ride the Lake Trail, give me a holler. I’d love join you. Maybe I could also help with the photos you mentioned.

    — George

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