Florida’s famed mid-century modern ‘Arabian Nights’ home is now for sale


A gorgeous and strange home in Jacksonville is on the market for the first time in over 60 years. The Arabian Nights-themed mid-century home boasts a floating wall of concrete and blue mosaic tile, walkways delineated by ceramic beads and all sorts of ornate takes on American architectural styles of the era.

The home was profiled in 1962 by The Florida Times-Union, where features writer Nancy Cambell marveled at the peanut-shaped design of the heavy concrete arches over doors made from “three dimensional turquoise plastic and gold ceramic tile." The entire home is built around a grand piano-shaped indoor pool, visible from the sunken living room complete with  “a black marble living room fireplace set off by a Chinese paper of gold and orange that resembles blocks of tile.”

The home is currently owned by judge Daniel Wilensky who moved into the house with his family as a ten-year-old. Though much of the home's terrazzo tiles and its original moat complete with small alligators are long gone, the house still has a one-of-a-kind look. Wilensky is asking $999,000 for the 5 bed, 5 bath, 4130 square foot home.  The home is represented by David Butler and Clair Corbett of Watson Realty Corp.

Photos via Zillow.