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Beyond Margaritaville: Dive into Jimmy Buffett’s distinctive real estate portfolio

by Kianna Warburton

Music legend Jimmy Buffett was not only known for his catchy tunes, but also for his successful real estate ventures. Buffett, who passed away on September 1, 2023, left behind a legacy that included a billion-dollar empire, according to Forbes. His business acumen was reflected in his ability to tap into good vibes and create a brand that extended far beyond his music.

One of Buffett’s most notable real estate endeavors was his licensing of song titles. Hotels, restaurants, and bars around the world bear the Margaritaville name, providing fans with a taste of his beachside escapism. Consumers can also buy beverages, furniture, and apparel with Buffett’s imprint. In addition, Buffett licensed his name to a number of 55-and-older beach communities known as Latitude Margaritaville.

But Buffett didn’t stop at large-scale themed communities. He was also active in residential real estate, with properties in various locations. Although he had sold many of his homes in recent years, he still held onto a range of properties, from multimillion-dollar mansions to charming cottages.

One of Buffett’s properties was located in Beverly Hills, California. Purchased in 2014 for $8.25 million, this midcentury modern home featured four bedrooms and had been recently remodeled. The open floor plan and glass walls allowed the California sunshine to flood into the 4,300-square-foot residence. The backyard boasted a saltwater pool and spa, as well as a wet bar equipped to handle multiple blenders for making those famous margaritas.

In Sag Harbor, New York, Buffett owned one of his most private properties. Located on exclusive Actors Colony Road, the Hamptons compound offered privacy and serenity. This is where Buffett chose to spend his final days, surrounded by his family, friends, music, and dogs.

Another property in Palm Beach, Florida, was shrouded in mystery. The small abode had three bedrooms and 3.5 baths and was purchased by Buffett two decades ago. Situated just blocks away from the iconic hotel, The Breakers, the house provided easy access to the beach.

Another of Buffett’s properties was located in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the Latitude Margaritaville community. This tropical cottage featured two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a cozy front porch. Upon hearing of Buffett’s passing, community residents created a makeshift memorial outside his home, paying tribute to the musician who had brought their community to life.

Buffett also owned a dwelling in West Palm Beach, Florida. Purchased in 2012 for $560,000 and currently estimated to be worth over $3 million, this El Cid Historical District home proved to be a solid investment for Buffett. Remodeled in 1995, the two-story residence was within walking distance of the beach, as well as Palm Beach restaurants and shops.

Over the years, Buffett had an affinity for the Palm Beach area, buying and selling several homes. His real estate prowess was evident in his ability to buy low and sell at the top of the market. One of his Palm Beach purchases in 2011 for $4.95 million was sold in 2020 for $6.9 million. This contemporary home featured three bedrooms and a zen-like retreat vibe, with glass doors and windows that provided views of the garden and pool.

However, the grandest property in Buffett’s real estate portfolio was located in Palm Beach and boasted 300 feet of ocean frontage. This eight-bedroom mansion spanned over 12,000 square feet and was reportedly a residence for Buffett at one time. After he sold the property, it was included in a $43 million package that also included two other Palm Beach properties.

Buffett’s real estate ventures extended beyond the Florida area as well. He once owned a historical gem in Franklin, Tennessee, known as “Old Town.” Built in 1846 and restored in 1991, the estate included two guesthouses, a large barn, and a three-bedroom main house. The property’s 34-acre wooded lot, complete with a river, provided a tranquil retreat. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the property was sold in 2015 for $3.1 million.

Jimmy Buffett’s real estate ventures were just as successful as his music career. His ability to create a brand that extended into various industries and his keen eye for investments made him a true business mogul. While he may be remembered for his catchy tunes about beachside escapism, his real estate legacy will not be forgotten.

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