The home of late conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh is quietly going up for sale at $150 million to $175 million, according to people familiar with the show.
The approximately 2.7-acre waterfront property is located on Tony North Ocean Boulevard in Palm Beach and includes several structures, including a large main house built in the West Indies style, according to public records and people familiar with the property. Records show that the property has approximately 250 feet of ocean frontage and direct beach access.
Limbaugh, a radio talk-show icon and prominent media man, died last year at the age of 70. Records show that the property is owned by a trust linked to his widow, Catherine Adams Limbaugh. Ms. Limbaugh did not respond to requests for comment.
Records show that Mr. Limbaugh purchased the property for $3.9 million in 1998 through an LLC.
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The main home spans nearly 24,000 square feet, according to the 2010 book “One Army” by Ziv Chavits.
“Decorated to a great extent by Limbaugh himself, it reflects the things and places he has seen and admired,” wrote Mr. Shavits. The house had a vast salon meant to suggest Versailles, he wrote, and the massive chandelier in the dining room was a replica of that at the Plaza Hotel in New York. The main guest suite was modeled after the presidential suite at the George V Hotel in Paris, while the library was a scaled-down version of the library on North Carolina’s Biltmore Estate, with wood-panelled walls and cherubs dancing on the ceiling, the book said. It is not clear if the feature has been updated since the book was published.
While the main home is in good condition, real estate agents said it could be considered demolished because today’s buyers prefer more contemporary architectural styles.
If it sells for $150 million or more, the property will be among the most expensive ever sold in Palm Beach, where the luxury property market has recorded record levels of activity during the pandemic.
Last month, billionaire Oracle Larry Ellison bought a $173 million home in neighboring Manalapan, Florida, setting a record for the area, according to property records and a person familiar with the deal.