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An investment manager bought property for $1 million in the 1980s and his family is selling it for $295 million now that it’s a 20-bedroom compound

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“There is nothing like it, anywhere.” That’s the first line describing a home (if you can call it that) listed for $295 million in Naples, Florida. It’s the most expensive home for sale in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal. 

Located in an “exclusive neighborhood” known as Port Royal, the home has its own first and last name: Gordon Pointe. The nine-acre compound holds one primary home and two guest houses; altogether there are 20 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms (and four half bathrooms), a 231-foot yacht basin, a 111-foot floating dock—and, can’t neglect to mention, 1,655 feet of waterfront. 

Gordon Pointe.

Courtesy of Dawn McKenna Group/Coldwell Banker Realty

It was smaller when John Donahue first purchased it for $1 million in the 1980s after seeing the strip of land when (according to family stories) he was flying above it. At the time, it was a little more than four acres and had nothing on it apart from a fishing cottage, the Journal reported. The family built it over the next decade or so as they bought more land, and now after Donahue and his wife, Rhodora, passed away, their 13 children are selling. 

“We’ve all enjoyed it, but it’s more or less time to move on,” their son, Bill Donahue, who runs the family’s foundation, told the Journal. His parents were high school sweethearts and devout Catholics; his father graduated from West Point in 1946, served in the Air Force, and started an investment management firm that’s now known as Federated Hermes (and run by another son). 

Their family grew from 13 children to 84 grandchildren to more than 175 great grandchildren, and it grew in size as the neighborhood transformed into one stuffed with business leaders and millionaires. The Donahues’ son Bill told the Journal that former President George H.W. Bush and American golfer Arnold Palmer were some of the well-known guests invited over.

The asking price suggests a new record for most expensive home sold…

Alena Botros

2024-02-12 14:32:41

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