by Sean McCaughan | August 31, 2018

The Roost: Artfully Appointed

From their frameworthy facades to every detail of their design, these charming chateaus are the perfect abodes for art aficionados


Photography by Tim Kramer


Located on the Florida Panhandle in the pioneering new urbanist community of Seaside, this tower house is an easy walk from the Gulf of Mexico and the center of town. The dramatic, fourth-story tower porch also has views of the beach. Built by a developer as his personal home, it spares no expense on details, from the 14-foot Calcutta marble island to the glass elevator. The 3,084-square-foot house has four bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths, including a spa-like master bath and a bunk room. There’s also plenty of wall space to hold your art collection. The sale price includes custom furnishings and window treatments.

392 Forest St., Santa Rosa Beach

Photography by Giles Bradford


Designed by iconic Palm Beach architect John Volk, this historic estate in the Mediterranean Revival style is perfect for a wealthy art collector looking for a classic house in which to place his or her collection. It is located in the heart of Palm Beach, blocks away from The Breakers golf course and the beach. The 9,414-square-foot home is divided between a four-bedroom main house and a two-bedroom guest house, clustered around a tropical courtyard and pool. Original architectural details include an elaborate front facade and pecky cypress ceilings.

255 Clark Ave., Palm Beach



An eclectic Victorian on one of Fernandina Beach’s most classic and historic streets, this old Floridian house was built in 1876. The house recently underwent a total renovation that preserved the historic charm—like elaborate gingerbread millwork, four fireplaces, and heart pine wood floors—while updating it for modern living. Spread over 3,713 square feet, the main house has four bedrooms and three baths, with a detached guest suite perfect for company or for use as an artist’s studio. Or use the glass pool house, approached by a jasmine-draped pergola walkway with a gurgling fountain, as
an even more incredible studio.

120 N. Sixth St., Fernandina Beach

Photography by Tony Sica Photography


Here’s a house built in 2013 that looks so authentically historic it could just as easily have been built in 1923. Perfect for the artistically minded, the 6,823-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bath house in Tampa oozes Old Florida glamour. Plus, it comes with a spacious 1,100-square-foot garage apartment that would make a perfect artist’s studio. Classic details abound, including pecky cypress, reclaimed beams, mahogany doors and an outdoor lanai with a wood-burning fireplace. Outside, a large pool sits on the leafy 0.6-acre lot.

2804 W. Parkland Blvd., Tampa