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The Florida beachfront home where the late conservative talk radio legend Rush Limbaugh has been sold a little more than a year after his widow, Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, put it on the market.
And it went for a record amount of money for the Palm Beach area, according to reports: $155 million. The estate was purchased by an anonymous buyer through an LLC, the Western Journal noted. “The property was where Limbaugh, who lost his battle with lung cancer in February 2021, lived and worked,” the outlet said.
In June 1998, the renowned talk-radio personality acquired a 2.6-acre estate comprising of a main mansion and two smaller single-family homes. The property is located at 1495 North Ocean Blvd., 1501 North Ocean Blvd., and 108 Mediterranean Road and was purchased for a sum of $3.9 million.
The primary residence, as per its listing, boasts seven bedrooms, as well as 12-and-a-half bathrooms, and encompasses 22,630 square feet.
As for the two smaller homes, one spans 2,900 square feet, and the other spans 2,200 square feet.
The estate features a range of amenities, including breathtaking ocean vistas, a swimming pool, and a putting green. In addition, the property comes with infrastructure for 24/7 security, as well as four extra guest houses, the WJ reported.
In 2013, a collection of four plots was bought by hedge fund manager Ken Griffin for $129.6 million. And last year, Larry Ellison, the co-founder and chairman of Oracle Corp., acquired a residence in Manalapan, Florida, for $173 million, establishing a new record for that region, the WSJ noted.
“The roughly 24,000-square-foot main house was largely decorated by Limbaugh himself, according to the 2010 book “An Army of One” by Zev Chafets. A vast salon was meant to invoke Versailles, the book said, and a dining room chandelier was a replica of the one in New York’s Plaza Hotel,” the outlet said.
The WSJ added:
It isn’t clear if the property has been updated since the book was published, and real-estate agents said it might be considered a teardown because today’s buyers prefer more contemporary designs.
Palm Beach’s luxury market experienced record prices and sales activity during the pandemic. In 2021, private-equity executive Scott Shleifer paid $122.7 million for an oceanfront mansion in Palm Beach. Developer Todd Michael Glaser and his partners, who bought Tarpon Island for $85 million in 2021, have relisted the private island after an extensive renovation for $218 million. Billionaire William Lauder recently listed two parcels in Palm Beach with 360 feet of ocean frontage for a combined $200 million.
“The Rush Limbaugh Show” became the highest-rated talk show in the country, airing on more than 650 radio stations nationwide. Throughout his career, Limbaugh faced criticism for his comments on race, gender, and other sensitive topics. In 2012, he called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before Congress in support of insurance coverage for birth control. Limbaugh later apologized for his comments.
In February 2020, Limbaugh announced that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He continued to host his radio show throughout his treatment, but his health deteriorated, and he took a leave of absence in October 2020. Limbaugh passed away on February 17, 2021, at the age of 70.
“Limbaugh wrote the best-selling books The Way Things Ought to Be (1992) and See, I Told You So (1993). He also penned the children’s series Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (2013), Rush Revere and the First Patriots (2014), Rush Revere and the American Revolution (2014), Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner (2015), and Rush Revere and the Presidency (2016); several of the books were written with his wife, Kathryn,” Britannica noted.
“In 1993, he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. In February 2020, Limbaugh announced that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Shortly after his initial lung cancer diagnosis, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by then-President Donald Trump,” the outlet added.