The onetime Florida waterfront retreat of John Lennon and Yoko Ono surfaced on the open market this month with an asking price of $47.5 million, reports The Wall Street Journal. The estate—which occupies ~1.5 acres of prime Palm Beach land—is anchored by a 10,559 square foot main house designed by high-society architect Addison Mizner.
The estate is called El Solano, and it last sold in 2016, when it fetched just over $23 million. Its asking price represents a huge increase in value, then.
The home’s many surviving period details may get it close to its present owners’ sales ambitions. A soaring, magnificently stenciled exposed wood ceiling in the dining room is one standout feature; another is a bath that was given an Asian décor treatment that’s heavy-handed and also quite beautiful. Taken as a whole, the home represents a travel-log of sorts, with inspiration coming from Spain, Italy, Morocco, Japan, and France. There may be other decorative cultural influences keener eyes can spot.
The exterior is similarly lovely, and seems on the whole to be modeled after garden design of the romantic period. A very large pool is the centerpiece, but covered and uncovered porches and loggias, patios, and terraces abound amid the green-and-growing, helping to make this estate one of the preeminent escapist properties in Palm Beach, then and now.
Lennon—and wife Ono—purchased the home in 1980, shortly before his tragic death.