Midcentury modern home for the Buyer looking for a distinctive uncommon retreat set on a generous one-acre+ tropical crest. Form following function, this concrete home is designed around a welcoming terrazzo patio and stone bar. It is one with the outdoors; enjoying open spaces, large windows, and doors allowing the trade winds and sunlight to enhance comfortable living and entertaining. Local stone is juxtaposed with natural concrete walls, terrazzo floors, and mahogany interior doors. The four bedrooms and three baths in soft palettes are in two buildings, affording a flexible floorplan. From the kitchen on the west side is a large, deep pool open to the sky and its display of colors at sunset. Unigue, stone walls creating terraces, flank the sweeping tropical tree-lined driveway. This breezy, midcentury modern gem was first designed for famed photographer Fritz Henle's ex-wife Atti van Berg, a dancer from Holland, in the mid 1950's by an Argentinian architect. The terraces and gardens were designed by José Bermúdez Heyliger who married Atti van Berg. The current owner approached the stripped down house renovations in 2018 with respect and curiosity seeking to reveal the soul of this property. She researched its history and interviewed previous owners and visitors to understand its prior incarnations. This is a unique offering, attractive to non-conformers, artisits, writers, because of its openess and unconventional floorplan and choice of materials. Much work was put into upgrading the roofs, cisterns, electrical systems, windows, doors and pool. Five inches of concrete and standard issue glazed white tile was jackhammered out of the patio to reveal additional terrazzo floors. The main house and the guest wing are now joined by this terrazzo patio, where there is an outdoor bar and multiple, delightful entertaining and living spaces. A large, sculptural Flamboyant tree with dramatic orange blossoms shades a brick patio a few steps below. Flamboyant Hill as this unique property is aptly named is on its own private hill top, yet only 5 minutes from conveniences, the historic town of Christiansted & easily accessible to all of St Croix's major roads and beaches.
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