The condominium at Bellaria has 3,219 square feet of living space, inside and on its balconies. It is listed for $4.39 million. Photo by Tom Tracy, courtesy Linda R. Olsson Inc.
Peter Lukes and Silvia Kusnirova’s oceanfront condominium in Bellaria on the South End turned out to be the perfect fit for them. Because of their work, they live in Bratislava, Slovenia, and have spent only a couple months a year in Palm Beach.
Lukes bought the condo 10 years ago as a second home, a year before the two married, explains Kusnirova. And she has enjoyed the unit — No. 308S at 3000 S. Ocean Blvd. — as much as her husband, she says.
“Bellaria is the right place for us. Since we don’t live in a seaside country, it was necessary for us to have an oceanfront apartment here. … And when we head back to Europe, we just close our door, and management takes care of our home for us.”
PHOTOS: Oceanfront condominium in Bellaria, 3000 S. Ocean Blvd.
These days, however, their work schedule allows them more flexibility, and they plan to spend more time in Florida. For that reason, they have purchased a bigger condo. And although they are moving, they are also staying put.
“Bellaria doesn’t compare to other places,” she says. “We were really lucky. Our neighbors were selling an apartment, and we love Bellaria so much that we bought it, staying in the same building but on another floor.”
As such, their third-floor, three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath unit has been offered for sale furnished with Linda Olsson, broker of Linda R. Olsson Inc. She has set a price of $4.39 million for the apartment, which has 3,219 square feet of living space, inside and on its balconies.
The apartment is in the southernmost of Bellaria’s two buildings, and its front door is on the north side. A hallway leads to the living room, where an oceanfront terrace faces east. The dining room, kitchen and oceanfront breakfast room are south of the living room. At the west end of the unit are the guest bedroom suite and the master suite.
Lukes bought the condominium from its developer.
“It was new, very nice and ready to decorate — and we have wonderful marble floors and marble bathrooms,” his wife explains.
+ In the living room of No. 308S at 3000 S. Ocean Blvd., an oceanfront terrace faces east. Photo by Tom Tracy,
Other features include walls of glass offering sea views from the living room and breakfast room, a gas fireplace with a marble mantelpiece in the living room, carpeted floors in the bedrooms and plantation shutters on south-facing windows throughout. A terrace off the master bedroom provides views of the Intracoastal Waterway to the west.
Details in the island kitchen include walnut cabinetry, granite countertops, professional-grade appliances and a wine cooler.
“It’s an open-floor-plan kitchen connecting to a nice eating area,” Kusnirova says. “It’s oceanfront and makes a fabulous breakfast place. I love cooking and when I’m working in the kitchen, I have the brightest (workspace) and most picturesque view.”
+ “It’s oceanfront and makes a fabulous breakfast place,” Silvia Kusnirova says of the breakfast area with the view. Photo by Tom
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With a Palm Beach address, Bellaria was completed in 2008 immediately south of the Lake Worth public beach, pier and casino complex. Both buildings have five residential floors and 18 units. The development was designed by the late Palm Beach architect Gene Lawrence for Gordon Deckelbaum and Mike Kempner of Premier Developers.
Bellaria’s amenities include direct beach access, a gym, a billiards room, a media room and a party space.
“Living here is like having a modern home proximate to the beach, with great amenities and an Olympic-size pool,” Kusnirova says. “With this unit on the third floor, there’s an immediate connection to the ocean. It feels almost like you are stepping into the water.
“When the sun reflects off the ocean’s surface, it makes an amazing ever-changing canvas. Our second-floor apartment does not have the (same feeling), and I’ll really miss that,” she says.
“We are passionate art collectors and we needed more walls. Otherwise, we would never have given up our apartment.”
+ The open-floor plan kitchen connects to an eating area. It “makes a fabulous breakfast place,” says Silvia Kusnirova. Photo by Tom
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