1. 1695 North Ocean Way, Palm Beach | $43.7 million
It’s always the hedge funders.
Kenneth G. Tropin, founder and chairman of Graham Capital Management, paid $43.7 million for a spec oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach, developed by Pat Carney. The house, with nine bedrooms, a guest home, two swimming pools and a 12-car garage, hit the market in January for $55 million and sold in March for more than $10 million less. The Corcoran Group’s Jim McCann was the listing agent.
2. 89 Middle Road, Palm Beach | $39 million
Insurance tycoon Peter Wood paid $39 million in April for the former John Kluge estate in Palm Beach. Columbia University sold the 4.3-acre property at 89 Middle Road, which was listed for sale in 2011 for $59 million.
Records show Kluge donated the property to his alma mater after he died in 2010. Kluge, a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, made his money in the television industry. His former home is made up of five parcels that include a 1935 garden house with 12,000 square feet and a 6,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style oceanfront house designed by noted architect Addison Mizner, as well as three additional buildings that can be used for guests and staff, according to the listing. The property also includes gardens and a 150-foot reflecting pool.
3. 6 Ocean Lane, Palm Beach | $37 million
Fox News founder and former chairman Roger Ailes is the buyer of this year’s third most expensive residential purchase in South Florida. Ailes, who resigned from Fox in July over multiple sexual harassment allegations, is reportedly the true owner of the trust that purchased the spec mansion at 6 Ocean Lane in September.
4. 3551 Main Highway, Miami | $34.6 million
Ransom Everglades School paid $34.6 million in June for La Brisa, a historic Coconut Grove estate that was once the most expensive residential listing in Miami-Dade. Ransom will use the 6.9-acre waterfront property to expand the private school’s campus up to 16.7 acres.
La Brisa’s history dates back to 1886, when the land was deeded to children’s novelist and conservationist Kirk Munroe. A trust in Munroe’s name sold the property. The waterfront, Mediterranean-style, nine-bedroom, 16,500-square-foot estate, was originally built during the 1920s and later restored. The mansion sits atop an ancient coral reef about 23 feet above sea level and has 208 feet of bay frontage. Features include 3,338 square feet of outdoor living space with several balconies and covered porches and a private port that can accommodate a 70-foot yacht.
5. 921 South Ocean Boulevard, Delray Beach | $34 million
Investor and entrepreneur Richard A. Chaifetz paid $34 million in February for an oceanfront home in Delray Beach. The founder of Chicago-based Chaifetz Group picked up the home at 921 South Ocean Boulevard for nearly $6 million off the ask. The 1.7-acre property has seven bedrooms, one theater, reflection ponds, a pool, spa, fountain, outdoor fireplace, balconies and more than 155 feet of oceanfront.
6. 1400 South Ocean Boulevard, Manalapan | $28.2 million
Manalapan squeezed onto the list of biggest home sales in South Florida with the $25.2 million sale in July of the beachfront home at 1400 South Ocean Boulevard. A company controlled by venture capitalist Stewart A. Satter sold the spec home to natural gas mogul Frances A. Mennella and Dolores Menella. It features nearly 205 feet of ocean frontage, beach access, entertaining patios with lawn areas, a courtyard, pool deck, and a 1,234-square-foot guest house.
7. 110 Arvida, Coral Gables | $25.8 million
Steven Ruffe, the owner of Miami-based billing company Ruffe Systems Inc., and his wife Linda Ruffe sold their Gables Estates mansion in November for $25.8 million to an unknown buyer.
Their six-bedroom, two-story home was featured in the 1996 movie “Two Much,” starring Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith – the actors reportedly married after the film came out.
8. 900 North Lake Way, Palm Beach | $25.5 million
Palm Beach developer Craig Menin sold a redeveloped mansion in June for $25.5 million, after being on the market for nearly $35 million. Fifth Cupcake LLC bought the seven-bedroom, 19,286-square-foot home designed by architect Milton Klein.
It features 200 feet of lakefront, a deep water dock, an infinity pool, two outdoor kitchens, a home theater, spa, 5,000-bottle wine room and a full house generator.
9. 9 Tahiti Beach Island Road, Coral Gables | $23.5 million
The founder of a for-profit medical college in Colorado picked up a Cocoplum home in Coral Gables in July for $23.5 million. The seller was Adrianne Mittentag, widow to the late aerospace executive Paul Mittentag.
A trust in the name of Paul Tien, a Chinese-born immigrant to the U.S. who founded the for-profit medical college American University of the Caribbean, purchased the palatial three-story home with seven bedrooms, a private beach and a landscaped garden at 9 Tahiti Beach Island Road.
10. 13180 Southfields Road, Wellington | $20 million
Billionaire developer Frank McCourt paid $20 million for a 40-acre property in Wellington known as the Crab Orchard farm.
The former Los Angeles Dodgers owner, horse enthusiast and head of McCourt Properties bought the farm in April after selling an equestrian estate nearby for $12 million.
The farm features a lake, sand ring, 11 paddocks, a gazebo, trophy room, tack room and locker room, a 3,200-square-foot warehouse with a three-bedroom apartment, an owner’s apartment with a fireplace and custom kitchen, and two studio apartments.
TRD Researcher Eda Kouch contributed to this report
Source: The Real Deal