When Yoko Ono and John Lennon purchased the palatial estate located at 720 S. Ocean Blvd., they had no way of knowing that they would never live inside their beautiful home. The world lost John less than a year after the couple closed on the property. Ono never moved into their Palm Beach house, and it was later sold. Recently, John Lennon’s former Palm Beach property found a new buyer.
El Solano is Sold Again
The Mediterranean-style estate at 720 S. Ocean Blvd, “El Solano,” was designed by famed architect Addison Mizner in 1919 and then built-in 1925. Mizner lived in the estate himself before selling it to Harold K. Vanderbilt, who lived there for a period of time. In January of 1980, Ono and Lennon bought the property for $725,000 with plans to renovate and restore the historic home. The Lennons purchased the house from the late socialite Brownie McLean.
Eleven months after the sale, Lennon was murdered in New York. Ono completed the planned renovations but never resided in the home. She sold the property in 1986 to Howard A. Fafard for $3.15 million. In 1990, the property was deeded to Alan and Christine Curtis for a recorded $4.315 million. In 2016, the Curtises sold the property for a recorded $20.05 million to the most recent owners, Cindy and John C. Sites Jr. The latter improved the property and listed it at $47.5 million. El Solano, or, as locals refer to it, “the John Lennon House,” is now reportedly under contract again for an undisclosed amount.
The “John Lennon House”
“The John Lennon House” sits on 2 acres of approximately 180 feet of oceanfront property across the coastal road. The seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom home spans 14,145 square feet of living space inside and out. The estate, which has original Mizner design details, also has tennis courts, swimming pools, a beachfront cabana, a grand salon with a wet bar, an oceanfront dining room, and a library. One unusual feature is the mansion’s attachment through a second-floor walkway to a guest apartment owned by novelist James Patterson and his wife, Sue. Although it appears that the two properties are linked, they are not.
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