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Beachfront Stunner By a High-Society Standby Wants $45M

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Though some Florida homes by upper-upper-crust society architect Maurice Fatio have been torn down and replaced with huge new contemporaries, many are still receiving ritzy renovations and commanding astronomical asks. The latest to do so is known as the Windansea—creatively named, one presumes, for its prominent features—and has a head-spinning $45M price tag, after last selling in 1996 for a humble $6.25M. No surprises there, given that Fatio designed homes for the Vanderbilts, the Wideners, Otto Kahn, and Marjorie Merriweather Post in his day, and nature knows they aren't getting any less historic. Ol' Windansea was built in 1937, and after a recent-looking interior overaul, still boasts a saltwater pool, 280 feet of Palm Beach beachfront, stately rose gardens, and a whole bunch of brick-clad outdoor living spaces. Below, photographic evidence of why Cole Porter once quipped "I want to live on Maurice Fatio's patio":

· 1545 N Ocean Way [Sotheby's International]
· All Maurice Fatio coverage [Curbed Miami]