The owners of an oceanview condo on Palm Beach’s South End undertook a down-to-the-studs frenovation a decade ago and more recently carried out even more upgrades to their apartment, No. 3-403 at 3120 S. Ocean Blvd. The unit is listed at $2.85 million.

Laurie Batchelor and Gordon Warnke know a good thing when they see it -- even when that good thing could use a few improvements.


Take their ocean-view condominium, which the Connecticut couple bought a decade ago in Palm Beach, a few buildings south of the Lake Worth Bridge. The couple immediately renovated it — and later upgraded it again.


“We looked at about 100 places all up and down the shore and found this apartment,” Batchelor explains, recalling the couple’s house-hunting trips before they settled on Apartment No. 3-403 at 3120 S. Ocean Blvd. in 2009.


“It was perfect, with a good layout and high ceilings,” she recalls. “We were looking for three bedrooms because my husband wanted an office — we definitely needed that — and we wanted more of a sense of a home. So we decided to buy this condo and gut renovate it, since it had a very 1980s look at that time.”


For the renovation, they worked with New York City interior designer Matthew Patrick Smythe; Urban Wing, a Wellington firm; and Blue Minges Architect in Jupiter. They took down walls and reconfigured spaces — including the removal of a bathroom — to give the kitchen an ocean view. In fact, the majority of the rooms afford views of the Atlantic.


Then last year, they updated their condo once more, installing a new speaker system, repainting and putting in new porcelain-tile floors. They also replaced the hot-water heater with an instant hot-water system, which created space for a laundry room with generous storage.


The work turned out well, Batchelor says. But the couple now has made plans to spend more time with family in Los Angeles and in Sydney, Australia. So they listed the three-bedroom, three-bath apartment — with 3,500 square feet of living space, inside and out — through Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Agents Joan Wenzel and Pamela H. Gottfried have priced it at $2.85 million.


The price includes a boat slip in the Intracoastal Waterway that can accommodate a 30-foot vessel, and the apartment comes with garage parking for two cars. Built in 1984, the building has an amenity list that includes gated 24-hour security, a fitness center, tennis courts, a sundeck and an oceanfront pool.


The apartment more than met the couple’s expectations, Batchelor says.


“It’s spacious, and (nearly) every room has a water view,” she says. “It’s just incredible to wake up and see the ocean every morning. It is beyond delightful. The ocean changes every minute, and it’s fascinating to be there. Our designer chose amazing colors that (appear to) change with the (hues of the) ocean.”


For the interiors, design elements nod at the British Colonial style, she adds. “It’s elegantly casual and comfortable,” she says.


The foyer opens to the oceanview living room, which has a bar area. The living room, in turn, is flanked by the master suite and a guest bedroom, both capturing sea views. The kitchen looks across the living room to the sea but also offers views of the Intracoastal Waterway. The dining room and a second guest-bedroom suite have Intracoastal views.


The apartment has three balconies, one accessed from the living room and master suite. A guest bedroom suite has a private balcony overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway. And another balcony opens to the dining room and kitchen, which has an adjoining breakfast area.


With an island layout, the kitchen is equipped with Bosch stainless-steel appliances, white cabinetry, glass counters and subway-style tile on the backsplash. The dining room has built-in bookcases, so it doubles as a library.


Bathrooms are finished either in marble or glass tile.


“I’m going to miss my friends, and I serve on the board of The Lord’s Place, where they do such good work,” she says, referring to the West Palm Beach charitable organization that works to improve the lives of homeless people and others in need.


“I am hoping I can stay in close contact with them as they grow and expand their mission,” Batchelor adds. “I will miss these people. Palm Beach is such a caring place. So many are not just writing checks, but doing the work.”


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