2000 S Ocean Blvd via PEP
The Manalapan mega-mansion technically became available for $195 million in April, but yesterday it listed publicly for the first time. The 33-bedroom compound essentially living on an island between Palm Beach and Delray Beach is the second most expensive home for sale in the United States, behind the $200-million Playboy Mansion.
Put on the market by the Ziff publishing family, the mansion was built in the 1940s and was once the home of Gloria Guinness, a twentieth century style icon and one of Truman Capote's 'Swans.'
Listed with Joseph Liguori of Premier Estate Properties,
the fortress stretches nearly 63,000 square feet and has an unbelievable 47 bathrooms (13 half-baths). Yes, forty-seven.
Gemini sits on over 15 acres and includes the following amenities:
- A world-class botanic garden, with over 1,500 species of tropical trees and plants
- PGA-standard golf practice area
- Sports complex featuring a regulation tennis court, half basketball court, playground, and miniature golf course
- Robinson Crusoe-style tree house
It encompasses a 12-bedroom main residence, seven-bedroom guest house (maybe the wildest thing ever typed), north and south ocean cottages, manager's house, and manager's office. Here's a sample of the elegant, novel-length listing:
Elegant with an effortless feel, the generously scaled residence has a warm tropical wood motif that blends with stone finishes such as the natural shell-stone columns and the coral stone that sheathes the entire façade as well as the walls in numerous rooms. Bringing the outdoors in is also a theme of the design. Many rooms open to lushly secluded oceanside loggias, while others, such as the indoor/outdoor pool room, lead to the stunning orchid loggia and grotto-like pool terrace, where tasteful fountains add to the spellbinding mood amid walls of tropical jungle greenery that reach toward the sky. The highest priced Florida home on the market before Gemini was the $159-million mansion in Hillsboro Beach.