If you'd expect all-American designer Tommy Hilfiger's home to be a preppy paradise, you'd be wrong. The Golden Beach, Florida mansion just came on the market this week, and you have got to see the inside.
Golden Beach, for those unfamiliar, is halfway between Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale on Florida's Atlantic coast. Once a suburban beach escape for the Firestones, DuPonts, and Roosevelts, Golden Beach is still an upscale town that has counted celebrities such as Bill Gates, Ricky Martin and Paul Newman as (at least part-time) residents. Classic rock fans might notice that Eric Clapton lived at 461 Ocean Boulevard while recording the 1974 album of the same name.
461 and Hilfiger's 605 are just two of Golden Beach's Ocean Avenue mansions that reside on what were formerly mangrove swamps. And there's definitely no swamp left to be seen: Tommy's place has 100 feet of white sandy beach and 27,500 square feet of "lushly landscaped" property.
The home itself has 14,075 square feet, seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms. In the September 2014 issue of Architectural Digest, the publication called the place a "polychrome palace," and that about sums it up. Hilfiger and wife Dee purchased the home mostly as a place to showcase their large scale pop and post-pop art collection, and they hired LA-based designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard to decorate it. "Together, we conceived the house as part art gallery and part 1960s–'70s disco madness," Bullard told AD.
Bullard took the couple's art collection and used it as a basis to create modern takes on supergraphics for nearly every room. The guest bedrooms each have their own pattern: yellow polka dots, red and white stripes, blue triangles. And even the spaces that aren't defined by bold pattern have plenty of whimsy; the fruit wallpaper in the bathrooms is actually scratch-and-sniff!
Said Hilfiger to AD: "I have fond memories of the Studio 54 days. When Dee and Martyn showed up with a huge disco ball from a club in Capri, I said, 'Bring it on!'"
The property is currently listed for $27.5 million.