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About the Location: Wellington, Florida
Named by Money Magazine as one of the “100 Best Places to Live,” the village of Wellington has come a long way since its humble beginnings as the world’s (supposed) largest strawberry patch. In 1953, less than 100 people resided in the area. Today it is a thriving Palm Beach County community known for its upscale facilities and wealthy residents.
Although a number of factors have contributed to Wellington’s rise from obscurity to prominence, the most important of these is unquestionably the horse. The village is globally recognized for its equestrian and polo events, and is consistently ranked amongst the world’s most elite equestrian marketplaces. To be sure, Wellington is host to the world’s largest and longest-running horse show and competition: the annual Winter Equestrian Festival (“WEF”). It has also recently become host to the Global Dressage Festival. For polo enthusiasts, Wellington offers the world famous Palm Beach International Polo Club (“IPC”), which hosts nearly 30 polo matches yearly, including the Nespresso U.S. Polo Open and the U.S.P.A. Piaget Gold Cup. Click here to learn more about the WEF and here to learn more about the IPC.
Because of both the premier caliber and frequency of these events, disciples of the equestrian sports of show jumping, dressage and polo all flock to Wellington. As a result, many of the world’s champion horses frequently visit or reside in Wellington for boarding and training.
Arriving in Wellington is quite simple, as Palm Beach International Airport is located within a 30-minute drive. Various private airports also service the area (In fact, some “fly in, fly out” communities in Wellington offer their own private runways, with resident amenities including airplane hangars rather than the standard garage). The island of Palm Beach is located approximately 20 minutes to the east, and there is significant commingling amongst the residents of these two areas, largely due to the polo and equestrian events. Discover more about the village of Wellington by clicking here.
Wellington Real Estate
Of course, many equestrian competitors, team sponsors, owners and enthusiasts readily follow their beloved horses, creating a robust property market in Wellington catering to this well-heeled segment of the population. Previously modest farms have evolved to world-class equestrian estates and facilities. A significant number of billionaires own property within the village.
In 2012, Wellington’s real estate market was white hot, reaffirming its position as a global leader in equestrian markets. There were more than 45 residential or horse farm properties sold at or above $1 million within the 12-month period. Sixteen of these sales occurred at or above $4 million, including sales at $7.2 million, $9.1 million, $11 million and $15.5 million.
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About the Property: Two Swans Farm
Located in the heart of Palm Beach County’s horse country, Two Swans Farm artfully combines all of the elements of a world-class horse facility with luxurious residential accommodations for the property owner. Lovingly and meticulously constructed by one of the pioneers in the concept of “luxury horse property,” this immaculate estate is set on nearly 10 acres and is located within a short distance of the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, home to the Winter Equestrian Festival.
The entirety of the property is fenced, with access guarded by beautiful, custom gates. Beyond the gates lie two lovely ponds stocked with black and white swans. The equestrian facilities here are simply sublime, designed with Old European flair. The farm boasts a magnificent, covered and mirrored riding arena, measuring 80-feet by 220-feet. Other features include 12-stall courtyard stables (plus 3 grooming stalls) surrounded with Argentinian granite cobblestone walkways, air-conditioned feed room, lounge with custom built-ins, decorated tack room and laundry/supply room.
Two Swans’ residential quarters are equally impressive. The main living quarters offer a master and guest suite, each with a full bath. There are Brazilian cherry wood floors and accents throughout, with granite countertops and Sub-Zero appliances in the kitchen. A well-appointed and spacious groom’s apartment offers vaulted ceilings, 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths. The entire residence is equipped with central vacuum, digital satellite and broadband cable.
An important signature of Two Swans Farm is intense attention to detail. Examples include the covered arena, video-monitored stables, 2-line pest control system (fly and mosquito), emergency backup generator powering the entire estate (with hook-ups to 1,500-gallon propane tank and 500-gallon gas tank), soft rubber walkways throughout the courtyard (for protection of hoofs) and perhaps most importantly, a flood-mitigation and drainage design that keep the estate’s structures high and dry.
For more complete details and features of Two Swans’ horse and owner amenities, please review the Bidder’s Brochure.
Two Swans Farm earned a feature in the winter 2012/2013 edition of Equestrian Quarterly magazine, joining the ranks of other high-profile equestrian estates such as those owned by billionaires (Bloomberg family) and celebrities (Candace Bushnell). Click the image above to view the feature article. (Note: Large file. Please allow a moment to load).
Cooperating Luxury Brokerage Partner
Listing agent Matt Johnson of Illustrated Properties Real Estate, Inc., was the cooperting listing agent for this luxury auction sale. Illustrated Properties is an exclusive affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate.
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