Popping in: Michael Jackson thrills, chills at Sprinkles – Archive

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[i]archive[/i] [b]Popping in: Michael Jackson thrills, chills at Sprinkles[/b] By STEPHANIE MURPHY, Daily News Business and Real Estate Writer Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2003 — Sightings of Michael Jackson in Palm Beach this week stirred sidewalk chatter about yogurt and serious communiques about real estate — including an island property he toured in December and three other sites that are on the pop star’s radar screen. Jackson made a spontaneous appearance Monday afternoon at Sprinkles Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop, 279 Royal Poinciana Way, where he arrived with a regular customer and bought fat-free vanilla yogurt from owner Donna Marks. Because the pair walked past neighboring Justin & Co. hair salon to get to Sprinkles, owner Justin Lynch suddenly had salon interns clamoring to go next door. He literally had his hands full because customer Katelynn Hodge’s hair was half done. “Monday is like a training day, with students here, and we saw him walk by. He had that umbrella, so it was pretty obvious. The girls were so excited, wanting to go over for a picture, and I was in the middle of doing Katelynn’s hair — that’s why one side is straight in the picture and one is curly,” Lynch said. From Royal Poinciana Way, Jackson made his way to Worth Avenue. He stopped at Napoleon’s, a men’s fashion store, where he signed several autographs. By Tuesday afternoon, real estate agents were focused on the few properties that fit a wish-list provided by Jackson’s broker, James Meiskin, head of Plymouth Partners Ltd. in New York: “very special, very private and very large” — ideally, about 45,000 square feet. Most agents said they could not disclose details because they were asked to sign confidentiality agreements. Sales associate Ned Monell of Sotheby’s International Realty, said, “I don’t talk about who comes to look at Montsorrel,” the mansion at 545 N. County Road, owned by Nelson Peltz and on the market for $75 million. It has 13 acres, 605 feet of oceanfront, a 46,000-square-foot main house and an 18,000-square-foot guest house. Abraham Gosman’s nearby oceanfront house at 513 N. County Road, on the market for $55 million, is the largest, with a 64,000-square-foot main house and two guest pavilions on 6 acres. Listing agent Baylie Rosenberg, also with Sotheby’s, said, “I signed a letter. I’m not at liberty to say anything.” Another source said Jackson has looked at Gosman’s house twice in the last three weeks and has indicated he will look again. Meiskin also requested information on 1960 S. Ocean Blvd., which is being built on speculation by Dan Swanson, head of Addison Development Co. and the builder of Celine Dion’s former house in Jupiter. Swanson, who sent a brochure to Meiskin Tuesday, said, “A number of rumors are going around, and so are the brochures.” Jackson’s broker is making arrangements for him to see the ocean-to-lake site, but it may not happen this week because the pop singer is due to go to the West Coast for several days. The 35,000-square-foot house, on the market for $35 million, is not listed, but Swanson has co-broker relationships with agents who show the property. One is Nadine House, who showed Jackson the $45 million Marden estate on Dec. 23. Under construction for a year and eight months — with the grounds ready to receive new sod and landscaping — the two-story Mediterranean-style mansion and guest house have 275 feet of frontage on the ocean and the lake. The 2.5-acre parcel slopes down to the lakefront and overlooks a wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. There’s a dock and boatlift, and the adjacent 2-acre parcel at Sloan’s Curve is vacant. Swanson chose plenty of onyx in a variety of types and colors, about $3 million in millwork and hand-carved wooden built-ins, 24-inch marble flooring, a rotunda-style foyer, a spiral staircase with wrought-iron balustrade, “smart” wiring, a stone and brick wine cellar, a second-floor ballroom and a six-car, limo-friendly garage. “We’ve only been showing it about three weeks, and we really set it up to be a decorator’s dream — like a very beautiful woman, and now you can dress her,” said Swanson, the developer of Phipps Estates. —smurphy@pbdailynews.com Wednesday, 02/26/2003 Source: [url=http://www.gopbi.com/cgi-bin/pbdn/story.cgi?article=http://www.gopbi.com/auto/pbdn/feed/news/2003/02/26/1046238274.16698.9381.4610.html]http://www.gopbi.com/cgi-bin/pbdn/story.cg….9381.4610.html[/url]

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