One of the most historic properties on Florida's west coast is up for sale. The price tag: Just under $7 million.
For years, it's been known as the Birds of Paradise Boutique Resort, but before that, it was the estate of the late August A. Busch Jr., the man who built the Anheuser-Busch companies into some of the largest in the world.
The mansion is now listed by RE/MAX Realtec Group agent Mark Ganier.
He said the owner, John DeSilva, is now just looking for the right person to take over the property. It's a tricky sell, though, because of the way DeSilva has used it in recent years, renting it out to A-list celebrities.
"It takes a long time to find the right person, but the highlight is the resort license – that's worth a lot of money," Ganier said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that the compound ran into legal troubles in the early 2000s, with DeSilva suing the city after it told him he couldn't use it to attract business clientele. They eventually allowed it. The Times also reports it first went on the market in 2008 at nearly $20 million.
"This property has the largest private dockage and boat house on tide water in the southeastern United States," the listing reads. "Unprecedented, this real estate anomaly and family compound has three beautifully appointed homes hosting nine bedrooms and nine full baths, large heated swimming pool, industrial reach-in coolers and commercial washers and dryers."
Presidents, sports stars and musicians have reportedly used the estate for a getaway. Ganier said the owner could make at least $15,000 to $20,000 per week renting it out.
"I just have to find the right person, the right corporate guy," he said.
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