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Lakefront Polk County estate sets sales record

  • By Louis Llovio
  • | 4:45 p.m. January 31, 2024
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The home at 501 Adams Barn Road in Polk County sold for $4.1 million.
The home at 501 Adams Barn Road in Polk County sold for $4.1 million.
Image courtesy of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
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A 9,215-square-foot estate in Auburndale has sold, setting, the Realtor says, a record for the most expensive home to change hands in Polk County.

The house is at 501 Adams Barn Road and sits on 44 acres. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Winter Park office says it sold for $4.1 million.

To put it into perspective, the firm announced earlier this week that two nearly complete homes in Collier County were listed for $9.94 million and $9.64 million respectively. Those houses sat on less than 2 acres. And a waterfront house in Naples’ Port Royal neighborhood was recently listed for $45 million, according to John R. Wood Christie’s International Real Estate.

Regardless of those sales, the record-breaking deal “will go down in Polk County’s real estate history,” says Louise Richer, who represented both parties for Premier Sotheby’s, in a statement announcing the sale.

Premier Sotheby’s did not disclose the buyer and county property records were not updated as of Jan. 31.

The previous owners was a company named Jerue Lake Van LC, which according to Florida’s Division of Corporations database shares a physical and P.O. Box addresses with the transportation and supply chain company Jerue Logistics Solutions.

County records show it paid $393,500 for the property in 2002.

As for the house itself, inside its features a free-standing spiral staircase, a chef’s kitchen and dining room with a crystal chandelier. There is also a formal living area with a saltwater aquarium, a game room with a wet bar and a sauna.

Outside the house, which has 2,300 feet of water-frontage, has a pool with a waterfall edge, tennis courts and a private boat dock.

And since a property like this requires a lot of upkeep, there’s gardener's garage and pumphouse to “add further functionality to the estate.”

(Premier Sotheby's did not respond to an email asking for how it determined that the sale set a county record.)



Louis Llovio

Louis Llovio is the deputy managing editor at the Business Observer. Before going to work at the Observer, the longtime business writer worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Maryland Daily Record and for the Baltimore Sun Media Group. He lives in Tampa.

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