South Florida Condo Covered in Beer Cans Receives Multiple Offers


When Kristen Kearney received a call about listing a condo in Lake Worth, FL, she said it wasn’t quite like other listing calls.

“They warned me that the home was wallpapered in beer cans,” she says. “And I thought to myself, ‘Well, I wonder where in the world they found beer-can wallpaper.’”

When she first walked through the unassuming front door, she remembers the shock of seeing the walls of the 815-square-foot abode covered in actual beer cans. In every room.

Kearney learned that the owner, who is now deceased, was a lifelong fan of Anheuser-Busch’s flagship beer, Budweiser.

“It was his life’s mission to wallpaper his home in beer cans,” Kearney says, “and he did it.”

The condo also contains sports memorabilia—placed over the beer cans, naturally.

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With the exception of the two bathrooms, every room in the condo is lined with Budweiser cans—including the ceilings and the master closet. The brewski decor envelops the living room, dining room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. That’s a lot of Buds, including the Budweiser logo emblazoned on the wall by the front door.

“If you look closely at the photos, you can really see the lengths the owner went to,” Kearney says. “He even created a crown molding look with the cans.”

While it’s unclear whether or not this Florida homeowner consumed the contents of all the beer cans, one thing is certain: He was on a serious mission, and his lifelong dream paid off. Kearney listed the home and promoted it on her social media platforms. Lo and behold, Anheuser-Busch took notice.

“I posted it on my business Facebook page, and the company actually commented on it,” she says. The company went a step further, posting the home listing to its Facebook page and writing, “The perfect home doesn’t exi…” It then plastered the listing photos of the can-covered home. The post has received 1,000 likes.

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One might think such a specific style sensibility might put off buyers, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, the pad went under contract just weeks after it came on the market.

“The condo was priced to sell,” Kearney says. Listed for $110,000 in August, it was reduced to $100,000 in early September. That sealed the deal.

“We actually received multiple offers. It is currently under contract, and I have a backup offer as well,” she notes.

The new owners, she says, made an offer without even seeing the property in person. Whether or not they’ll keep the eccentric decor is unknown.



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Palm Beach Estate Once Owned by John Lennon Is Under Contract


After landing on the market in April for a whopping $47.5 million, El Solano, the massive Palm Beach, FL, estate once owned by the musical legend John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, is currently under contract, the Palm Beach Daily News reported.

The couple bought the retreat for $725,000 back in 1980. Yes, that was 40 years ago, but that’s still quite an appreciation in value. The property dates to the 1920s, and was designed by the resort architect Addison Mizner.

Before Lennon’s untimely death in December 1980, he and Ono had grand plans to renovate the sprawling mansion and make Palm Beach their ultimate vacation destination.

Word was that Lennon had an affinity for the small seaside town on Florida’s southern Atlantic coast, and that it had always been a dream of his to live there.

Ono carried on with renovations to the property after Lennon died, but then quickly sold it.

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Since then, the sellers have further renovated the estate. The identity of the buyers is not yet known, nor is the price agreed upon.

With over 10,000 square feet, the mansion offers a library, oceanfront dining room, chef’s kitchen, seven bedrooms, and nine bathrooms. Its exterior offerings are just as posh, including two pools, cabanas, a tennis court, and perfectly manicured grounds.

An abundance of outdoor living space makes entertaining a breeze. And with 180 feet of ocean frontage, the views of the beach don’t disappoint.

The home’s details, from chandeliers to hand-designed ceilings to the salon with wet bar, are definitely fit for the rock ‘n’ roll royalty who once inhabited the space.

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The Mediterranean spread also comes with one intriguing feature. According to the Palm Beach Daily News, the home is attached to the home of a neighbor, the bestselling novelist James Patterson, through a guesthouse. A 1920s walkway links the two structures.

Christian Angle with Christian Angle Real Estate holds the listing.



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Steinbrenner Estate in Tampa Pitches $1.3M Price Cut to Entice Buyer


It’s been over a year since the estate of George Steinbrenner, the late owner of the New York Yankees, went on the market. In May 2019, the Boss’s massive, 13,500-square-foot home was listed for sale with a price of $5.75 million.

The opulent mansion has all the luxury features you’d expect with a multimillion dollar price point.

It’s in posh, desirable South Tampa, offers seven bedrooms—two of which are fully appointed main suites—more than nine bathrooms, a game room complete with a wet bar, a media room, and a library.

It’s located right on the private Palma Ceia Golf and Country Club, which should attract buyers looking for easy access to the links and a country club lifestyle.

However, the months have flown by, and the baseball mogul’s family home still hasn’t budged.

This isn’t for lack of offers, according to the listing agent, Toni Everett. She told the Tampa Bay Times that offers have been coming through, but they just haven’t been quite right.

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Exterior of the late George Steinbrenner’s home in Tampa, FL

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In an attempt to coax out an acceptable offer, a hefty $1.3 million was slashed from the price in mid-July, and the mansion is now listed at $4.4 million.

Judging from the listing photos, a buyer may consider some of the home’s design elements a little dated.

The Steinbrenners built the large home in 2001, and not much has changed since. Potential buyers may be factoring in the cash they’d have to spend on bringing the kitchen and living areas up to date.

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Meanwhile, local housing preferences have been emphasizing walkability. Sleek luxury downtown condos have attracted well-off buyers in the Tampa Bay area, which suggests that a traditional, formal estate may not be a top draw for wealthy buyers.

That doesn’t mean, though, that this property won’t hit it out of the park for the right person of means.

The 600-square-foot closet in the upstairs main suite is stellar. Add in a glittering pool, a perfectly manicured, gated yard, an elevator for ease and convenience, and a fully equipped one-bedroom apartment, and the estate is a definite home run.

It’s now discounted and ready for a new Boss to strike a deal.



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Hey, DJ! This Miami Penthouse Is Loaded, With DJ Booth and Dance Floor


In Miami, South Beach is the place to party. But in our current climate, parties have switched over to the virtual variety. If you’re looking for the South Beach lifestyle without the wall-to-wall people at the moment, we totally understand.

But how can you balance social distance with the need for a clubby vibe? For a music lover in search of the perfect backdrop for in-home DJ parties, we recommend a penthouse in Sunny Isles Beach, Apartment 4803 at 17121 Collins Ave.

On the market for $10.9 million, the unit is equipped for a full-on bash, and it’s an ideal spot for a DJ to spin for a live audience on social media.

Gorgeous penthouses are plentiful along Miami’s coastline, but this particular residence will strike a chord for those who like to party, thanks to its pro-level DJ booth and the dance floor inside the unit.

“The owner loves to entertain and wanted to add something fun to the space,” says listing agent Anna Sherrill.

Fun might be an understatement here. The DJ booth and dance floor can be sectioned off from the rest of the home, recreating the atmosphere of an authentic club. And if that’s not enough, the dance floor is illuminated, which should really hype up the party vibe.

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DJ booth and dance floor

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Meanwhile, let us address a legitimate concern with this cool configuration. Potential buyers may wonder how much they could actually enjoy this awesome setup without bothering the neighbors.

However, the question of blasting music at any time of day or night has already been taken into consideration.

“There’s soundproofing between the floors and in the media room next to the DJ booth,” Sherrill explains. “There are only two penthouses in the building, and this one encompasses the entire south, east, and west corner, so there aren’t many neighbors to bother.”

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If the party package alone doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps the rest of the posh space will.

Measuring in at 8,332 square feet, the penthouse offers five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. City and ocean views are available from most rooms in the home, but the abundance of balcony space takes it all to another level.

There’s also a hot tub off one of the balconies, so you can enjoy the music, the views, and maybe a little bubbly, while you relax amid the jets. Just keep your distance—for now.


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Bali by the Bayou: Indonesian-Inspired Opulence in Louisiana?


When you think of Louisiana, the usual suspects come to mind: New Orleans. Gumbo. Beignets. Mardi Gras.

But we’d forgive you if you somehow overlooked Indonesian opulence, which is what makes this Youngsville, LA, residence on the market for $1.65 million stand out like no other. A half-hour south of Lafayette, Youngsville was named the best city in the state to raise a family.

Lina Kelly, the homeowner of 100 Veranda Place, sought to capitalize on the appeal of small-town living by building a custom home designed to accommodate her handcrafted, Indonesian-inspired furniture.

“It’s true,” says listing agent Lesley Beyt. “The furniture is so huge and so custom that the home had to be built to certain specifications to fit everything.”

The exterior of the home, however, is fairly standard for the neighborhood.

“The home fits right in with the neighborhood,” Beyt says, “which is only three houses right now.”

For the interior, Kelly, who is from Indonesia, wanted to be surrounded by her culture.

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“I want to remember where I come from, remember my roots,” says Kelly. “And I didn’t want to have any furniture in my house that’s the same as everyone else’s.”

Mission accomplished.

From the front door to the kitchen cabinets with gold filigree to the massive master bedroom set, every detail was handcrafted by artisans in Indonesia.

“Only two or three people worked on everything,” adds Kelly. “That way all of the pieces match perfectly.”

That includes the three chandeliers. At one point, Kelly and her husband thought they needed to bring in an electrician from Indonesia to install the massive lighting fixtures, but they were able to find one locally.

All in all, Kelly says she spent about $126,000 on the custom cabinets, furniture, and details. Shipping it all “cost an extra $25,000, to get everything from Indonesia to here,” she says. And the process took years to complete.

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“It took seven years to build everything,” Kelly explains. “Everything was stored in Indonesia for a while, and then they started shipping the pieces over three years.”

So why leave such a custom, beautiful home full of unique, handcrafted pieces and rich in culture?

“The house is just too big for us now. My daughter is going to college soon. Plus, it takes me three days to clean it between work and life. My back is killing me,” Kelly says with a laugh.

For someone interested in this one-of-a-kind decor, the owner is willing to part with much of it.

“If someone wants, I will sell the bedroom set and dining room furniture,” she says. For a buyer with dreams of Bali by the Bayou, this one-of-a-kind home is ideal.



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