New house offered furnished at $ 41.9 million
Before Jagbir Singh and his wife, Sarla, moved to South Florida in 2011, their estate was an 85-acre resort in Bernardsville, New Jersey, which included five homes.
“We were used to living in a very spacious and very private place,” explains Jagbir Singh.
With this in mind, they chose an estate in Manalapan on a large plot. Then, in 2014, they looked north to Palm Beach and purchased the estate from the late Gertrude Maxwell Hurwitz at 1700 S. Ocean Blvd., seeing it as a possible home for their son and his family.
Sarla was immediately won over by the Palm Beach home, her husband recalls. The property faced east over the ocean on South Ocean Boulevard at the entrance to Parc Monceau, an enclave built in the early 1960s by the late developer Clarence Mack in his Palm Beach Regency architectural style.
The house also appealed to Jagbir.
“It’s a nice lot with a nice house that we thought we could rehabilitate, but unfortunately we found that it was not recoverable. The structure was not solid at all and we feared an accident would happen, ”Jagbir recalls.
At this point, the Singhs decided that demolishing the existing house and building a new house would be a better option, and in 2019, after sorting out the details with the city’s architectural commission, they began. construction. Led by architect Jacqueline Albarran of SKA Architecture & Planner, the team included Lynn Bender Landscape Architect, general contractor Mark Timothy Inc. and Marc-Michaels Design Group for interior design.
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In the meantime, the Singh’s son decided to keep his children in school in New Jersey, so the newly completed house was put up for sale. With six bedrooms, eight baths, three half baths, and 10,586 square feet of living space, inside and out, the home is priced at $ 41.9 million. The price includes furniture, and William Raveis South Florida agent Shelly Newman has the listing.
“I managed the construction of this house from acquisition to completion,” Jagbir says, but notes that the project has showcased the combined efforts of the professionals involved.
“Our team tried to integrate the best planning, designs and systems into this project.”
With engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology and a master’s degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Jagbir leads several international design and construction projects, he explains. He also founded SUJANI Enterprises Inc., a global distributor of electrical steel.
“We put the best experience behind this house in its design and construction,” he says.
One of its strong points? The house is built of reinforced concrete from top to bottom, “which is best suited to hurricanes, earthquakes and even nuclear shelters,” Jagbir explains.
Architecture beckons to the neighborhood
About half a mile north of Sloan’s Curve, the house sits on the northeast corner of Parc Monceau, a cul-de-sac stretching from the ocean to the lake. Two of the seven houses face the ocean, while three are directly by the lake. With a gated driveway from Parc Monceau, the property at 1700 S. Ocean Blvd. encompasses six tenths of an acre, including its stretch of beach across the coastal road.
The neighborhood is reminiscent of the look of Regents Park, a designated historic district developed by Mack on South Ocean Boulevard near Mar-a-Lago.
Albarran designed the Singh’s home with Palm Beach Regency-style details, which include a flat roof embellished with a series of ornamental roofline patterns, a symmetrical facade, classic crown moldings, and a balcony with bulbous balustrades.
On the ground floor, east of the foyer and staircase hall, are the office, living room and family room, all with patio doors opening onto the loggia with ocean views overlooking the saltwater pool and gardens.
On the west side are the guest bedroom and the kitchen, which provides access to the garage. Between the kitchen and the family room is the formal dining room.
Marble floors – though some rooms are carpeted – along with custom molding treatments are featured. The office has a coffered ceiling. The dining room floor is a mix of wood and marble, with walls covered with decorative paper.
The well-equipped kitchen includes a central island covered in quartzite, painted and stained cabinets, quartz countertops and professional-grade appliances.
Upstairs are four guest suites as well as the south-east facing master bedroom, which has a balcony with ocean views. The master suite also includes a living room, a “morning bar”, a bespoke closet and two marble bathrooms. Guest bathrooms are finished in marble or quartz.
The site slopes from the east, and Albarran took advantage of the topography to give the house three levels. The lower one houses a wine cellar, a bar, a gym and a billiard room with lounge and club room.
The house has the latest technology, Jagbir adds, including the air conditioning system which includes nine air handling units and two condensers.
“It’s very modern and environmentally friendly, with the latest technology. It was more expensive but good for the neighbors, with fewer machines outside, ”he says. “And, of course, the house has a generator for the whole house.”
The home may be state of the art and built for modern living, Jagbir says, but its architecture also gives a respectful nod to its stately neighbors in one of Palm Beach’s most distinctive neighborhoods.