GALLERY: America’s ‘most expensive’ home in Florida

MANALAPAN, Fl. (WFLA) – A Florida home was the most expensive on the market last year, according to Top Ten Real Estate Deals. The home is on a barrier island in Manalapan.

The home is listed for $159 million. It “comes with its own IMAX theater, a $2 million staircase and an entry gate decorated with 22-karat gold leaf,” Top Ten says.

The estate includes a a 15.6-acre compound. It was built in the 1940s for the Lamberts, a pharmaceutical family.

The home was eventually sold to Loel and Gloria Guinness, who used it as a winter retreat. The Ziff publishing family bought the estate in the 1980s. It then “underwent a four-year expansion and reconstruction that was completed in 2003 including construction of a tunnel under A1A to access the guest house and boat dock on the Intracoastal Waterway,” Top Ten said. “Even the access tunnel is cozy as another living area with its own fireplace.”

Including 1,200 feet of ocean beachfront, the estate also includes 1,300 feet on the Intracoastal Waterway. Top Ten says there are more than 1,500 varieties of tropical trees and plants, making the estate a nature preserve.

The mansion itself is 62,220 square feet. A seven-bedroom home, manger’s house with apartments and beach cottages are also on the grounds. There are 33 total bedrooms and 47 baths in the estate’s 84,988 total square feet.

“Not a cent was spared on the highest quality available in materials, appliances, finishes, architectural restoration or design,” Top Ten says.

“Grounds are thoughtfully planned with both activity and relaxation in mind.  A sports complex offers a half basketball court, tennis court, a practice golf course with two greens, a swimming pool surrounded by cultivated jungle, a treehouse with slide for the children, a miniature golf course, a wide deserted beach and a boat dock on the Intracoastal with ocean access,” the site adds.

The estate is listed by Joseph Liguori of Premier Estate Properties.

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