The 5,934-square-foot unit in the Azure waterfront condominium complex is the most expensive in Palm Beach Gardens history.

PALM BEACH GARDENS — The most expensive condominium in Palm Beach Gardens history is well worth its $4.25 million price tag, according to the agent who listed it.


The 5,934-square-foot unit on the top floor of the Azure waterfront condominium complex on Donald Ross Road and Prosperity Farms Road features sweeping views of Loggerhead Marina, a walk-in glass wine room, imported Italian tile and white oak floors, among other amenities.


The living space, which was created by combining two fifth-floor units, was purchased for $2.99 million in 2017 by Yves Moquin, a former magazine publisher and television producer in his native Montreal.


Moquin, who moved to Florida a decade ago, added more than $1 million in upgrades.


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The unit is under contract, and is expected to close shortly, according to Matthias Fretz of Palm Beach real estate agency Douglas Elliman.


"The No. 1 thing that sets it apart is the level of finishes," Fretz said of the unit, which has five bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-baths. "It's got imported Italian tile, white oak hardwood floors that were custom built, a $40,000 rug. It's basically the highest end of everything across the board."


Moquin bought the unit two years ago after selling his home in Ocean Ridge. He wanted to move to northern Palm Beach County to be closer to the Benjamin School, where his daughter is a student. He also wanted a condo environment after living for 10 years in a waterfront home.


The Azure development was exactly what he was looking for.


"The day we started looking was the day we visited Azure, and we naturally fell in love with it," he said. "There was a nice space for a baby grand that was provided in the original plan, and we had a baby grand. That clinched it for us. We fell in love, and we purchased the place."


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Moquin's unit within Azure was the first that combined two living spaces, but not the last.


When construction began on the second phase of Azure — there are 101 residences in two buildings, Fretz said — more units were combined to create larger living spaces.


"The reason why some of these residences are larger is because of this purchase," Fretz said. "It conveyed to the general market that there is a buyer out there for a larger condo residence.


"This community itself really appeals to the Admiral's Cove, Frenchman's Creek and Frenchman's Reserve buyers that were living in 5,000, 10,000 even 15,000 square foot homes that were ready to downsize but still wanted luxury."


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