Horst Brandstätter is selling his luxury mansion on Jupiter Island, around 30 kilometres north of Palm Beach in Florida. “Standing proudly in an elevated position, the property is right next to the beach and boasts sensational panoramas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the stunning Intracoastal Waterway”, said Ken Meierling, Managing Partner of Engel & Völkers Jupiter Island.
At some 409,464 square foot (approx. 38,040 square metres), it is one of the largest private estates on the peninsula. The main house has a contemporary design and forms a beautiful ensemble with a commodious two-bedroom guesthouse and impressive beach house. Altogether, the interiors total some 12,672 square foot (approx. 1,177 square metres). The property also features its own putting green and a Par 3 hole with various tee boxes. The asking price for this unique home is 45 million dollars (approx. 41.5 million euros).
A passion for golf brought Horst Brandstätter to Florida 25 years ago
Mr. Brandstätter is the sole owner of Germany’s largest toy manufacturer “geobra Brandstätter”. He is also the creator of the world-famous Playmobil figures. The entrepreneur’s love of Florida first began when he discovered golf back in the late 1980s. He soon found that the climate in his home country of Germany wasn’t always that suited to an enjoyable round on the course. “Playing golf in Germany is tough during the autumn and winter months,” Brandstätter realised. “It was clear that I’d have to relocate to warmer regions if I wanted to practice my new favourite pastime.”
His choice of second home quickly fell to the golf mecca of Florida. The USA, being the largest toy market in the world, also had a professional draw for “Mr. Playmobil” in any case. Besides his rounds of golf, he also had a chance to inspect the Playmobil FunPark, which he had established there in Palm Beach. Having acquired the land plot on Jupiter Island in 1991, he devoted a great deal of time and energy to building and renovation work on the property. The finished result was his own private paradise. Ever since 1995, he has regularly spent the winter months from November to April in Florida.
The decision to sell has not come easily for the successful toy manufacturer. But his reasons are plausible. “The older I get, the more important it is that my doctors in Germany are within easy reach. So I can’t use my house in Florida as often as I’d like anymore.”
Jupiter Island is the southernmost barrier island on Florida’s sunny east coast. It has a reputation as a haven of peace and tranquillity that is ideal for those seeking privacy and exclusivity. Many well-known personalities from the worlds of business, sport and entertainment have taken up refuge here for precisely this reason. “Affluent and truly beautiful at the same time, this enclave is also rich in recreational joys, attracting nature lovers and modern cosmopolitans alike. There is a carefree holiday vibe in the air, combined with the vibrancy of sophisticated urbane living”, Ken Meierling added on a final note.