The Beatles legend John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s former Palm Beach, Florida mansion has recently been under contract after it had been on the market for a few months. Listed for $47.5 million, the mansion was the couple’s retreat estate, purchased only a few months before Lennon’s assassination. While the couple paid 60 times less than what it’s selling for today, Ono renovated the entire estate before selling it in 1986 for $3.15 million. The mansion was last purchased in 2016 for $23 million.
Located next to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Lennon’s Palm Beach mansion is known as El Solano. It features 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms across 14,000 square feet of space. El Solano sits on a beautiful oceanfront property that boasts 1.9 acres of prime real estate South Florida space. Palm Beach is home to some of the country’s wealthiest neighborhoods, and El Solano sits right in the middle of it all. Apart from the main estate, the property also features a guest cottage for extra accommodations. El Solano also happens to sit just across from exquisite Palm Beach waters, and the property also comes with roughly 180 feet of beachfront space.
El Solano may be rich in culture and history, but it’s also an important architectural masterpiece by one of South Florida’s greats. Designed by the renowned architect Addison Mizner, El Solano dates back to 1925 and is reflective of a Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revivalist style. Even with renovations throughout the years, the property still retains many period features that only add to its character. This includes hand-stenciled ceilings and coquina stone features that were prominent in the era. John Lennon has been known to be extremely fond of this little slice of paradise, which became his space for breathing and respite amidst the rock and roll life he had become so used to living.
It’s not surprising how much John and Yoko loved this estate for it had such remarkable and luxurious spaces. The formal living room alone is a delight in the eyes. The walls are occupied by floor to ceiling windows that frame the marvelous views of the ocean outside. Simple greenery and the blues of the water is a contrast to the earth tones of the room. The wooden floors are in remarkable condition, and the furnishings are nothing short of extravagant. The elegant columns and draperies may make the room as formal as ever, but the modern coffee table adds a touch of lightness to it all. In contrast, the family room offers a more relaxed atmosphere. The white walls and nude furnishings give the room an air of relaxation, and the natural light coming in from the windows add to this ambience. The touches of blue throughout the room and on the ceiling beams are reminiscent of the ocean.
The formal dining room features a stunning long wooden table that seats at least 10 guests. The wooden inlay design on the floor is a beautiful detail that’s hard to miss. One of the walls features floor to ceiling windows as well that look out to one of the estate’s 2 pools. There’s more of that touch of blue coming from the pool, and the blue on the dining room chairs complements it. It’s also hard to miss the lavish chandeliers that hang from the tall ceilings. The house also features an eat-in kitchen that features a simpler design. Although simpler, this part of the home is still beautiful. It reflects more of a Spanish design, with its terra cotta floors and a smaller Spanish-inspired table. The windows and glass door offers excellent lighting much like in the rest of the house.
There are several bedrooms in El Solano, but the master bedroom is one worth mentioning. Again, the furnishings in this room are also nude in color—perhaps to highlight the views of the ocean again outside. This time the ocean views are framed by a couple of arched windows by the bed. Across from the master bed is a sitting area that features a comfortable sofa set, large windows, and simple furnishings. The master room is painted in a light blue gray color that complements both the inside and outside of the room. The dark wooden floors are nothing but extraordinary but are only rivaled by the cove ceilings that make the room even bigger than it already is.
Perhaps one of the best rooms in the house is the library. Although it may not feature as many titles as other libraries, it has enough storage for the literary enthusiast. There’s a bay window that offers up the perfect space for a reading nook. Some comfortable seating would be useful in this area of the library. However, the room has enough space for several comfortable seating areas. Otherwise, it can be used for another purpose if not for a library. This room would also be perfect as an office, a playroom, a seating room, or even a music room.
While the interior of the house is astonishing, the exterior features are just as wonderful. The estate features plenty of outdoor spaces for entertaining, including the pool areas, lush gardens, and plenty of paved pathways for walking. There’s also a tennis court that sits across from the guest cottage and an outdoor seating area that offers coverage from the Florida sun. But if sun is what’s sought after, the estate grounds offers plenty of spots that are perfect for picnicking or even sunbathing. The entire estate is painted in an outstanding white, true of its Mediterranean style. This house is hard to miss, and knowing its history will only make one appreciate it more. El Solano sits in contrast against Florida’s gorgeous skies and waters, and it’s a property that stands out even among Palm Beach’s best.