The Coconut Grove townhome of the late celebrity dermatologist Fredric Brandt sold for $2.9 million on Tuesday.
Brandt, whose client roster included Madonna and Kelly Ripa, took his own life at the home in April. He had lived there for 15 years.
The three-story, four-bedroom home, at 3521 Bayshore Villas Dr., Miami, sold for $578 per square foot, a record sale for Bayshore Villas, an exclusive waterfront community in the Grove. Brandt paid $712,800 for the home, which includes an elevator, in 1990, according to county property records. It was designed in part to showcase his prized art collection, which was auctioned off last month. Among his works were pieces by Damien Hirst, Rudolf Stingel, Yoshimoto Nara and Christopher Wool, according to the New York Times.
“The spiral staircase was custom-designed to show off the art as you walk up,” said Allan Kleer, a Realtor at Fortune International Realty who handled the sale along with Fabian Garcia-Diaz.
$2.9 millionSales price for home of Fredric Brandt
Kleer said selling a home where someone died requires tact.
“In these cases, if somebody asks why the seller is selling, we usually say they are deceased,” Kleer said. “But if people ask for details, I’m always honest,” he said. “For some buyers it would be a deal-breaker. For others it doesn’t matter.”
The buyers of Brandt’s home are listed on county records as Juan Carlos and Maria Boyadjian, who also own property on Williams Island in Aventura and in Miami Shores.
Florida law does not require sellers to disclose homicides, suicides or deaths that occur on the property. Brandt hanged himself in the home’s garage.
About 300 people attended a memorial service held in his honor at Temple Israel in Miami this spring.