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- 3,200 SqFt
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Boca Raton's unique Historic neighborhood (designated a Historic District in 1990) of Old Floresta was originally established in the 1920's by Addison Mizner, a visionary society architect of his day. Today, this much-desired enclave endures in the alluring charm of a bygone era, preserving Mizner's signature style with lovely Mediterranean homes enveloped in lush landscaping and mature trees canopying the narrow streets.
Located west of Downtown Boca Raton, Old Floresta was developed by Mizner's development company originally as an encouragement for people to build in Boca Raton. Old Floresta homes were built for the executives and directors of his company with one house especially designed for his brother, the Reverend Henry Mizner.
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The Robinson Company, large New York contractors who were building the Cloister Inn, received the contract to begin twenty-nine (29) Old Floresta homes, the first of the many projected for the subdivision. The company was unable to complete all of the houses before the money ran out. The land and the new houses were repossessed by the original land owners. It was Hermann Von Holst, the leader of the Chicago owners of the property, who proposed new names for the streets and that the subdivision be called Floresta. The Old Floresta homes had plain facades of rough-finished stucco with numerous windows and doors that frequently opened onto wrought-iron balconies. He also designed the street front facades with thick walls to give the windows and doors deep reveals. The roofs, covered with barrel tiles made at Mizner Industries, were uneven with low pitched lines alternating with flat parapets. In many of the smaller Old Floresta houses, Mizner substituted dining alcoves for formal dining rooms.
With beautiful beaches and Mizner Park's world-class shops and restaurants close at hand, this historic development is one of the most desirable in Boca Raton. Old Floresta homes for sale range in price from $1.25 million to over $3.00 million, while others can be had at more "reasonable" prices starting around $650,000. Surrounding areas outside of Old Floresta proper include Tunison Palms and Lake Floresta, both of which are not designated historic districts and don't carry the impressive history that Old Floresta does.
Every Florida land boom developer of the 1920s knew that they could be successful only if people actually built on the lots which they purchased. To encourage people to build in Boca Raton, Mizner’s development company began construction on two subdivisions west of downtown. In October 1925 the company announced that it would construct houses in what became known as Old Floresta. Mizner said the houses were planned for the executives and directors of his company with one house especially designed for his brother, the Reverend Henry Mizner, who had recently retired from his St. Louis parish and planned to live in Boca Raton.
Listing information last updated on January 27th, 2023 at 6:16pm EST.
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