Internet billionaire sells what is now the priciest residence ever in Florida; here are 10 things to know

Billionaire Jim Clark bought this huge foreground estate last year for $94.17 million on the south end of Manalapan near Palm Beach. The property recently changed hands for $173 million, making it the most expensive home sale in Florida.
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A home south of Palm Beach sold for $173 million, setting a record for the most expensive home ever to change hands in Florida.
A company controlled by Oracle software billionaire Larry Ellison bought the Ocean-to-Lake property at 2000 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan by a trust affiliated with Netscape co-founder Jim Clark, according to the deed recorded Wednesday.
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Manalapan has seen above-average sales in excess of $20 million since the coronavirus pandemic sent the South Florida real estate market into overdrive. As the supply of waterfront real estate in Palm Beach has dwindled, buyers have increasingly looked south to Manalapan and its ocean-to-lake real estate for value.
Recent sales include a $40 million vacant lot; a $89.93 million sale that was the second highest in Manalapan; and a $79.5 million mansion.
Clark, a billionaire, bought the property at 2000 S. Ocean Blvd. and a portion of nearby Bird Island in February 2021 for a combined price of $94.37 million from the Ziff family, although sources familiar with the transaction said more than $100 million actually changed hands in the deal , reported the Daily News.
Based on past sales listings, here are 10 things you should know about the most expensive residential property ever sold in the Sunshine State.
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Fantastic views
The property sits on top of a dune and offers 360 degree views. The residences and guest houses feature open-air loggias, patios, balconies and French doors to capture views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lake Worth Lagoon and surrounding areas, and allow for an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
What is the name of the property?
The property's name, Gemini, derives from the placement of the main house on either side of South Ocean Boulevard.
This home has beach and ocean access
The 15.65-acre ocean-to-lake property is bisected by South Ocean Boulevard and features 1,200 feet of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean and 1,300 feet of frontage on the Lake Worth Lagoon. A portion of an island immediately west of the property in the Intracoastal Waterway brings the total area to 22.44 acres.
How many bedrooms and bathrooms does this property have?
The multiple buildings on the property offer nearly 85,000 square feet of living space, indoors and out, with 33 bedrooms, 34 bathrooms and 13 powder rooms.
How is the main house?
The 12 bedroom main residence has 62,200 square feet of living space including a basement measuring approximately 17,950 square feet. The interior features abundant stone, rich woodwork, a grand staircase, and expansive wall surfaces that displayed the Ziff family's remarkable art collection. The ceilings have coffered ceilings, exposed beams and numerous Norway cypress details. The layout includes formal and informal living and dining areas, a media room, libraries, offices, a wine cellar and two elevators.
Is there a guest house?
Other living spaces include two four-bedroom beach cottages; a seven-bedroom guest house; and a guest or staff house with four studios and apartments.
What other details do we know about the property?
The two parts of the main house - one overlooking the lake and the other overlooking the sea - are connected by a series of tunnels under the street. A 15-foot-wide tunnel serves as an art gallery.
The property has extensive botanical gardens showcasing nearly 1,500 tropical species - and it has a bird sanctuary and butterfly garden.
Is there a pool?
Recreational facilities include a PGA standard golf driving range, regular tennis court, half basketball court, freshwater pond, 18-hole miniature golf course, boat dock and pool.
Who designed the house?
The original home was designed by architect Marion Sims Wyeth and built for the Lambert Pharmaceutical family in the 1940s.
When was the house built and when was it remodeled?
The complete transformation of the property, commissioned by the Ziff family and completed in 2002, involved the reconstruction of the residence to a design by noted Palm Beach architect Edson E. Dailey
This article originally appeared in the Palm Beach Daily News: 33 Bedrooms and 9 Other Things to Know About the Most Expensive Residence Ever Sold in Florida

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