The simple island feel of Las Olas is personified in the sneak peeks above. claim many competitive divers, installed a brandnew, 12-foot-deep pool, an engineering feat in basementless Florida. Its springboard awaits kids of all ages, yet another seamless, delightful tradition within the home’s legendary provenance. “When Louise entertained at the original pool pavilion (which still exists but has been incorporated into a neighboring property), she paid children 25 cents to play in the pool,” said Mary Bess, a director of Boca Grande Historical Society, whose 2017 Tour of Historic Homes on February 2 culminated with Las Olas. “It was full of parrots and poodles, too, during Louise and Frank’s residency.” Las Olas’ first-ever inclusion on the tour is attracting du Pont experts and history and design enthusiasts worldwide. They are really itching to recycled original materials such as shell stone tile and wood, and earned the home the highest rating in the state from the Florida Green Building Coalition. “The interior woodwork and use of shells as decoration harken back to the earlier days of Boca Grande as a winter retreat and tarpon fishing destination,” said Groff, of its rare accomplishment in blending the best of the old and new–original fresh water cisterns and fireplaces bordered in Italian tiles in color patterns, among the former; and extensive, water-based insulation and a solar electric system, among the latter. Upon pulling up below the driveway’s mature canopy of trees, one senses a shift of place. Time slows down in hearing the seahorse fountain and gazing into a deliciously deep swimming pool, one of several water amenities. The Noyes family, who Sunset at Las Olas has been enjoyed by generations of island residents.
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