Pumpkin Center Sold, Asking Price Was $4.9 Million
By Space Coast Daily // November 15, 2014
buyer, sale price confidential at this time
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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – The Cocoa Beach oceanfront estate of the late Al Neuharth has been placed under contract, according to David Barin, a sales associate with Dale Sorensen Real Estate, who is the listing agent.
Sorensen Real Estate, which focuses on high-end properties, is based in Vero Beach and has an office in Indialantic.
The iconic Brevard County property located at 333 S. Atlantic Avenue, and known as the “Pumpkin Center,” was listed for sale in July, and is now set to close in early January, according to Barin.
Barin said the buyer and sale price is confidential at this time. The asking price was $4.9 million, and the sale would be a Brevard County record if the property sold for that amount.
The Pumpkin Center has been the center of some of the biggest philanthropic and business happenings in Brevard County since 1975 when the property was originally built.
According to the real estate listing for the compound, it is located on 200 feet of direct ocean frontage.
The property includes a 10,083 square foot home with another 10,000 square feet of multi level oceanfront and roof top decks, a two bedroom guest cottage, a one bedroom caretaker apartment, tennis and basketball court, pool, four car garage and a tree house facing the ocean with a loft, running water and electricity.
This relaxed architectural style displays elaborate wood crafting, fireplaces made of coral, granite and marble. Most all rooms of the home have full glass door and windows offering sweeping views of the ocean.
Neuharth, who died in April 2013, named his Cocoa Beach estate the Pumpkin Center after a bar and grill in South Dakota where he was born.
While living in the Pumpkin Center, Neuharth built Gannett into the largest newspaper company in the United States and became Brevard County’s best know citizen.
He founded Florida Today in 1966, and enjoyed telling stories about how he and his hand-picked group of newspaper experts hatched the plan for USA TODAY during meetings at the Pumpkin Center prior to the paper’s launch in 1982.
“This is one of Brevard’s premier landmark properties,” said longtime Cocoa Beach Realtor Bobby Freeman of RE/MAX Elite about the Pumpkin Center.
Freeman, who is also SpaceCoastDaily.com’s real estate editor, helped sell the Bernard’s Surf building, another Cocoa Beach iconic property.
“I remember going to several fundraisers Mr. Neuharth hosted at the Pumpkin Center and being amazed with his unique home,” said Freeman.
“Hopefully the new owners will leave it in the original unique design that Al built.”
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ABOVE MAP: The Pumpkin Center, an iconic Brevard County property located at 333 S. Atlantic Avenue, was listed for sale in July, and is now under contract and set to close in early January.