Make us your home page
Instagram

Palm Beach speedboat aficionado sets Island Estates record with Clearwater mansion buy

CLEARWATER — A Palm Beach speedboat aficionado who spent $3.1 million last week on a glitzy waterfront mansion holds the record for the priciest home ever sold in this city's coastal enclave of Island Estates, sales records show.

The 6,500-square-foot mansion boasts a thousand-bottle wine cellar, a two-tier spa and docks just east of Clearwater Beach, Coldwell Banker agents said.

John Ben Ali Haggin, Jr., the buyer, founded a championship powerboat racing team, Miss GEICO, that once raced near there, offshore.

The Haggin family has roots in mining and horse racing; a family horse, Ben Ali, won the Kentucky Derby in 1886. Last year, Haggin sold his family's longtime home on Palm Beach's Everglades Island for $13.5 million.

The Island Estates mansion's previous owners, David and Lori Nader, bought the lot in 2004 for $1 million and built the custom-designed home fringed with palms two years later.

Palm Beach speedboat aficionado sets Island Estates record with Clearwater mansion buy 11/25/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 29, 2013 10:02pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pasco county lawyer disbarred for taking woman's money

    Real Estate

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred Pasco County attorney and former congressional candidate Constantine Kalogianis.

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred Pasco County attorney and former congressional candidate Constantine Kalogianis. 
[2016 booking photo via Pasco County Sheriff's Office]
  2. Rick Scott signs package of tax breaks

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott signed a tax-cut package Thursday that — while vastly scaled back from what he wanted — eliminates the so-called "tampon tax" and offers tax holidays for back-to-school shoppers and Floridians preparing for hurricane season.

    Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a tax cut package that will cost state coffers $91.6 million during the upcoming year. [Joe Raedle | Getty Images]
  3. FBI probes fraudster's alleged church scam following Tampa Bay Times report

    Real Estate

    PLANT CITY — Once again, the FBI is investigating felon fraudster Victor Thomas Clavizzao.

    The FBI is investigating convicted mortgage fraudster Victor Thomas Clavizzao on new allegations following a Tampa Bay Times report.
[TImes file photo]

  4. Tampa Bay is ground-zero for assignment of benefits cases over broken auto glass

    Banking

    When Rachel Thorpe tried to renew her auto insurance last year for her Toyta RAV4, she was stunned to see her monthly premium had nearly doubled to $600. The Sarasota driver was baffled since her only recent claim was over a broken windshield.

    Auto glass lawsuits filed by a third party (through what's known as assignment of benefits) are skyrocketing in Tampa Bay.
[Times file photo]
  5. Siesta Beach tops Dr. Beach's rankings of best locations in America

    Tourism

    Three beaches in Florida made it on a highly coveted list of the top 10 in America this year, ranked by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach."

    This May 18, 2017 photo shows Siesta Beach on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Fla. Siesta Beach is No. 1 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2017 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. [Chris O'Meara | Associated Press]