It’s a glorious time to revisit the past on Fort Lauderdale real estate. A trip to the Bonnet House steps back into the sophisticated enchantment of the 1920’s. Rich with history, this elegant estate tells the story of how the good life was lived by Florida’s elite.
Alive with art and music the Bonnet House was a sanctuary for owners Helen and Frederic Clay Bartlett. When Helen unexpectedly died, Frederic utilized the house sporadically until re-marrying in 1931. Together with his new wife Evelyn, he continued with a lifetime of dedication to the arts. Today the Fort Lauderdale home continues to overflow with the beauty and charm of the couple who decorated and furnished it. An impressive art collection boasts works from both Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett as well as other prominent artists. Grand gardens showcase Mother Nature’s own artwork and creative expression. Guided tours are available giving an in depth glimpse of the life of the couple. Experts impart intimate tidbits of information during the Behind the Scenes- Private Living Quarters Tour. Those with a green thumb are sure to appreciate the Orchid Greenhouse Tour. Main House tours explore the magnificent dwelling room by room.
Variety is the Spice of Life in Fort Lauderdale Homes
Imaginations run deep on this piece of Fort Lauderdale real estate. It’s important to keep learning in life and the Bonnet House encourages education to be free flowing. Various programs frequent the calendar including adult art classes and instruction in orchid cultivation and ornithology. Workshops and lectures are often on the schedule in a variety of subjects. Annual events include musical concerts, an orchid festival and artist showings. Children are often seen and heard taking part in multiple programs.
Bonnet House is a resource much valued by the community. Found on a coastal barrier island and providing acres of untouched property, the grounds offer a refuge for local wildlife, flora and fauna. The onsite Nature Walk reminds guests of a simpler time allowing them to enjoy the untouched and wild beauty of the landscape.