Pumpkin Center Sale Closed, Property Sold For $4 Million
By Bobby Freeman, Realtor // March 1, 2015
sale on iconic property closed in February
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BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – The sale of the iconic property known as the “Pumpkin Center” in Cocoa Beach closed in February, and sold for $4 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service and new homeowners.
This Cocoa Beach oceanfront estate was owned by the late Al Neuharth.
The property located, at 333 S. Atlantic Avenue, has been the center of some of the biggest philanthropic and business happenings in Brevard County since 1975 when the property was originally built.
This 10,083 sq. ft. 11 bedroom 11 1/2 bath beach estate featured multi level rooms, roof top decks, tennis, pool, basketball court and much more.
I was lucky enough to tour this unique estate just before renovations began last month. It feels like you are in another tropical world the minute you enter, from the wood carved gated entrance from South Atlantic Ave.
The buyers mentioned to me that they were going to keep most of the uniqueness but update some areas.
Everything inside and outside the Pumpkin Center is like no other, especially Al’s home security system located in the master bedroom.
David Barin, a sales associate with Dale Sorensen Real Estate, was the listing agent. Sorensen Real Estate, which focuses on high-end properties, is based in Vero Beach and has an office in Indialantic.
The property was listed for sale in July, with an asking price was $4.9 million.
CENTER OF BREVARD PHILANTHROPY, BUSINESS
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.
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.
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.
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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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bobby Freeman, a life-time resident of Brevard County, has been a top Realtor in the area for two decades. In his first year as an agent, Freeman received a Rising Star award from his Brokers. Since then he has achieved numerous sales awards and has recently been presented with the prestigious RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award.
Freeman, Jennifer McCoy and Nikki McCoy Freeman are family partners for RE/MAX Elite’s McCoy-Freeman Group. Together they have more than 30 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the real estate industry and have sold over $200 million.
Among McCoy-Freeman Group’s achievement are RE/MAX Hall of Fame, RE/MAX 100% Club, Certified Distressed Property Experts (CDPE), Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) and voted Best Realtor in Brevard County.
The group has been featured in many news publications including CNN Money Magazine, CNNMoney.com, WFTV 9 ABC News, Coastal Condo Living, & Hot Retirement Towns Magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com.
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