A $25 Million Beachfront New Build Lists as the Most Expensive House in North Florida – Mansion Global

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The most expensive home in North Florida, a $25 million beachfront spec house in Santa Rosa Beach along the storied 28-mile stretch of Highway 30A on the state’s Emerald Coast, hit the market on Wednesday.

Including the carriage house, the 8,200-square-foot home has nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It sits on a 0.31-acre lot. If the house sells for its list price, it would shatter local real estate records, according to listing agent Jonathan Spears, of the Spears Group at Compass. 


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The current record held by the house next door to this one, which sold for $19 million earlier this year.

The 30-by-40-foot beachfront pool is the largest private pool for a residential home on Highway 30A.


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The new listing, which sleeps 24 and is being sold fully furnished, could also be a rental goldmine, according to the agent. The home already operates as a short-term rental and is booked through Echelon Luxury Properties for $70,000 for a week next July, Spears said. “That’s a record for this market. This, to me, is the big head-turner.”

The three-level home was developed by Ben Giles, a local developer, and designed by Cronk Duch Architecture, with exterior designs by Archiscapes, Spears said. “The owners, a group of investors operating as Sanctuary 4 Partners LLC out of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, paid $3.605 million for the property in May 2018, according to public records and confirmed by Spears.

Unlike most homes in North Florida, this one features concrete block and poured-concrete construction, he said. “It’s designed to be a legacy home, meant to be there for generations.”

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The 30-by-40-foot beachfront pool is the largest private pool for a residential home on Highway 30A, he said.

Along with the pool and spa, amenities include direct beach access, an elevator and a steel and glass wine room that holds 300 bottles, according to the listing.

The house is “set up super-well for entertaining,” Spears said. For instance, this week the home hosted an event with 150 people on the property.

The home features an entry courtyard with French limestone floors, palm trees and lush landscaping, which leads to a 12-foot steel and glass entry door. The first level has an open living room, a built-in bar with a kitchen and four en-suite bedrooms. 

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As part of the build-out, the foundation was raised above the dunes, so you have views from the first floor, which is rare for the area, Spears said.

A suspended steel staircase with oak treads leads to the second floor, he said. This main living level holds a living room with a masonry gas fireplace and glass sliders to covered porches, a dining area, the main kitchen, a working scullery kitchen for entertaining and two en-suite bedrooms.

The third floor holds a home theater and three bedrooms, including the south-facing primary suite, he said. It features vaulted ceilings with cypress wood, a covered porch, dual closets and an en-suite with a soaking tub in front of floor-to-ceiling glass windows looking down the beach, quartzite walls and a double shower.

This area of Florida’s Emerald Coast is known as the Hamptons of the South, drawing wealthy residents of southern and midwestern cities like “Dallas, Nashville, Kansas City, Atlanta, even South Florida,” he said. “The desirability is that you can walk to restaurants, shopping and local entertainment. You can park your car and not get in it for a week.”

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