This landmark Mediterranean estate, dubbed Vita Serena, is located at 181 Clarendon Avenue in Palm Beach, Fl. Famed architect Marion Sims Wyeth designed this house in 1925 for the Glidden family on one of the largest intercostal parcels in the area. Frederick Glidden was the grandson of Francis Harrington Glidden, founder of the Glidden Varnish Company. It has undergone a massive reconstruction and restoration. The 9,712 square foot mansion boasts 6 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, elevator, formal living and dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, library, swimming pool, guest house and a 125ft cement dock. It is listed at $12,900,000.

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  • Grrrowler

    I love the history of the place and I’m glad to see a historical house restored. I’m guessing the original property was much larger and it’s sad that the land that’s left is barely larger than the house, not to mention the street is practically in the entrance foyer.

    The inside has tons of potential. The living room ceiling is amazing, and the herringbone and parquet floors are beautiful. It looks like a lot of the original details are still in place, which I love. The barn door ceiling treatments in a couple of the rooms need to go. I don’t love the kitchen, but then again it’s a terrible picture of it. I do like that whomever designed it went more modern despite the age of the house. All of the furniture and draperies need to be dump into the Intracoastal. What is with the stainless steel table in front of the settee by the window in the living room? Picture 7 is truly a WTF moment. Between the rug, the 80’s sofa and end table, the curtains that go with nothing, the ceramic birds on the bar, and the valance that matches the curtains that go with nothing, it’s just a hot mess.

    Anyway, it’s a lovely house and it could be spectacular.




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    • Iemand

      Agree with some of your points.
      I don’t like the style of the columns at the entrance, it’s a shame this house is practically on the street, the foyer is way to much white.
      The kitchen has nice countertops but the color of the cabinets is not good.
      I would rip out the doors in the doors in the walk in closet, and throw the golden shower stuff in the water.
      (Also, it’s probably the photo, but why does that door in the bathroom look very narrow? I saw that before here, or are doors in de US kinda narrow; for example; doors in Holland are about 90-100 cm (about 3 feet), and why are all the trees supported, saw it on the $85 million house before?))

      And this is a great example why it’s nice you can bring your own furniture, because every single piece of furniture is hideous; the sofa’s, the curtains, the carpets everything.

      But I agree with Grrrowler, it’s always nice having a home with history behind it and it does have a lot of potential. I like the style of the house (white exterior walls, kinda flat roof with those roof tiles. I would just change those columns at the entrance, and redo a lot of the interior.
      Then it would need a hell of a lower price tag though…

      Also, Kenny; how is the process going about editing our posts?




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    • Daniel

      Actually, I looked on the property appraiser and the home directly west of it was also built in 1925. The northern and southern neighbors are newer homes, but it would do very much because you would still have the road running through the property. Perhaps the Glidden’s traveled by boat around Palm Beach instead of by car?

      I also agree that mixing the contemporary accents with the traditional furnishings does not work in the case of this home. No matter however, as the home is not offered furnished!




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      • Daniel

        And again….Ugh!

        The home directly EAST of it was built in 1925.




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  • Cole

    Love the exterior, and location, but I’m not too impressed with the interior design.




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  • Daniel

    Well, for an 85 year-old house, it does look quite nice.

    I have driven by this house on several occasions (as I have nearly every other Palm Beach house) and it is EXTREMELY close to the road. However, that road in front is almost dedicated to only this house. Clarendon Avenue residents + guests would use the street in front of the house. Also, the other side of the road is one-way and only used to access the garages of the other homes. But a street is a street…

    Remember that since this is a landmark home, MAJOR reconstruction must be approved (and probably denied). Perhaps some of the furnishings are not very nice, but I think they are on the right path in regards to the way it SHOULD be styled.

    Overall, it is a great seasonal residence if you won’t be doing much entertaining. A great view, and a price that is VERY reasonable considering the home’s location, water frontage, and remodeled interior/exterior.




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    • Daniel

      Ugh…Clarendon Avenue residents + guests would NOT use the street in front of this house.




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  • John Burgdorf

    I think that the front could use more detail and design, but the flat feeling fits well with the back. Great water views.




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  • Kieran

    So pretty




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