Once a huge strawberry patch, everything in Wellington is now centered on the sport, especially since it was incorporated as a village in 1995. The renowned Winter Equestrian Festival is the mecca, and the private farms around it are for the elite and most dedicated of equestrians.
A $35 million equestrian estate, one of the largest farms in the coveted Grand Prix Village, just came on the market two months ago. Offered for the first time since it was built in 2001, the massive, canal-front property is listed by Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s Maria Mendelsohn, who specializes in high-end properties for horse enthusiasts.
The estate is so big that it has three addresses: 3585, 3549 and 3531 Olde Hampton Drive. The compound consists of three parcels totaling 14.15 acres — all well-secured with three gated entrances and security cameras throughout the property. The property is surrounded by mature landscaping, as well.
“What makes this property special is the opportunity to feel like you live on a spacious farm surrounded by lush landscaping, an environment of full tranquility and privacy, while also being just steps from the horse show,” Mendelsohn says.
Grand Prix Village is a residential and equestrian community with a manned gate located on the south side of Pierson Road, just west of South Shore Boulevard, moments away from Wellington’s top equestrian events. In fact, it’s only two-tenths of a mile to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Facility, home of the Winter Equestrian Festival, held January through March. The 500-acre PBIEF offers competition in 18 arenas that cover a whopping 80 acres.
While the competition is fierce and serious at the nearby facility, this private farm within the Grand Prix Village is impressive in its own right. “No detail has been overlooked in this beautifully custom-created farm,” the listing says. There are two structures, a main barn with large staff housing, and a second barn with owner accommodations above.
The main barn offers “a comfortable, peaceful environment for your horses,” the listing continues, as it features 20 matted stalls by Loddon, considered one of the most high-end designers for stables.
Amenities for the horses include a 60-foot covered walker, a 150-by-250-foot Bermuda-mix grass jumping field and a 120-foot-by-270-foot stand arena with what is noted as exceptional drainage.
A place like this requires lots of help. There is staff housing with 10 bedrooms, including a separate manager’s apartment.
An equestrian’s delight for sure.