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Bob Vila became a household name through shows like This Old House and Bob Vila’s Home Again, where his DIY knowledge and affable personality established him as one of America’s favorite TV handymen. In 2005, the host and home improvement guru handed the reins to a general contractor and landscaper to renovate his own 1940s abode in Florida. A new electrical system, roof, and windows were added to the dwelling, all while keeping its Palm Beach charm intact. Now, he’s ready to downsize. According to the Wall Street Journal, Villa has put the coastal home on the market for a whopping $52.9 million.
Located on Everglades Island, the brick house was built with an H-shaped floor plan. Throughout its approximate 6,300 square feet of interior space are seven bedrooms. On the east side of the house, a tasteful loggia comes complete with black-and-white marble flooring, extending all the ways to the pool terrace, which is finished with a similar pattern in a Floridian pink-and-sand palette.
The guest wing was expanded during Vila’s renovation, connecting a detached cabana to the main house. The kitchen also received a makeover, now flowing into a large dining area and family room featuring glass pocket doors which lead outside.
Known as an avid gardener, it’s no surprise that the home expert filled the grounds with native flora. The 0.84-acre property features 175 feet of water frontage, a pool, a hot tub, and a dock. For many years, the spacious backyard has been the site of parties and Easter Egg hunts, as well as the venue for Vila’s daughter’s wedding. The home has been in the family for quite some time; Vila’s wife, Diana Barrett, purchased it from her late mother’s estate for $6.1 million. Her parents originally bought the house for $375,000 in 1975.
Though he’s decided to move on to more modest accommodations, Vila has been happy to apply his handyman skills to the abode over the years of his residency. “In terms of doing little home improvements around here, that’s always part of the deal,” he told WSJ. “It’s an older house, so there’s always something.”
The listing is held by Chris Vila of PB Realty Advisors, the couple’s son.
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
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