Life off the presidential campaign trail has been good for ex-candidate Ben Carson.
Carson has treated himself to a South Florida mansion just five months after dropping out of the race for the White House.
According to property records in Palm Beach County, the retired neurosurgeon and wife Candy plunked down $4.37 million for an 8,700-square-foot house in the Old Palm Golf Club near in Palm Beach Gardens.
The house on Tillinghast Circle was listed for $5.4 million in December but was reduced in price several times until Carson snapped it up in July.
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The soft-spoken conservative — he rose from obscurity to a front-runner last fall after strong showings in early televised debates — bought the five-bedroom, five-bathroom house from a mortgage company that seized it last year in a foreclosure, records show.
It was built on a one-acre property a few doors down from latest Masters runner-up Lee Westwood and South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen as well developer Don Soffer, builder of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.
Carson first moved to Palm Beach County in 2013 after his retirement as head of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
A golf fanatic, Carson first settled in the Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach. He still owns a house there; he bought it for a more modest $775,000.
So, what’s with Old Palm?
“It’s the finest golf community in the north part of Palm Beach County,” said high-profile Realtor Rob Thomson. “And for somebody like Dr. Carson, it’s got great security. It’s fully gated with a security guard on 24/7. Old Palm is also much more intimate than a lot of other golf communities here. It’s got fewer homes. It’s a real golfer’s place.”
Carson, whose new crib has garage space for six cars, didn’t respond to requests for comment made by phone and via emails.