Musician Billy Joel is a big fan of boating, so it’s no wonder he purchased a waterfront South Florida estate. After completing a multimillion-dollar renovation—everything from the mechanicals and electric to adding new rooms, flooring, hurricane windows, and an outdoor fireplace, as well as giving the residence an open-concept layout—Joel put the home on the market. Situated in the upscale coastal community of Manalapan, the home and a vacant lot beside it occupy 2 acres each.The two-story, 9,312-square-foot estate boasts seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Exuding old-world, Italian-villa-style charm, the home features a two-story living room; a chef’s kitchen with a brick-lined, barrel-vaulted ceiling; and a master suite with his and her bathrooms and a giant dressing room. Unique chandeliers and white marble colonnades add elegance to the stately dwelling. In addition to the main house, a two-bedroom, one-bathroom guesthouse (that brings the estate’s total living space to 13,216 square feet) sits above the four-car, air-conditioned garage—providing the perfect place for visitors to stay when they come calling.
Outside, a western-facing tiered lawn catches dramatic sunsets. The backyard features an outdoor pool and a covered bar. And a winding pathway lined with tropical trees and plants leads the way to a boat dock. Sandwiched between Palm Beach and Boca Raton, the home offers jaw-dropping views of the coastline, for a combined total of 300 feet ocean frontage and 300 intracoastal. The estate and vacant lot together are currently listed for $27 million. (Inquiries: Jack Elkins, 561.373.2198; jackelkins.com)