Merritt Island’s storied “White House of the South” has sold for big money


The sprawling estate at 205 Hacienda Drive in Merritt Island has sold for a monstrous sum of money befitting its nickname of "White House of the South."

The 15,000-square-foot riverfront mansion sold for a tidy $4.5 million, making it the second most expensive home sale in Brevard County history, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

The main house, dubbed the Hacienda del Sol, is nestled on a 7.7 acre property on the Indian River. The house boasts 11 bedrooms, 12.5 bathroomsand 10 fireplaces. The property also includes bell-and-whistles like a tennis court, jacuzzi, elevator, saltwater pool, koi pond, guest house, pool house, wine cellar, pavilion and plenty of imported marble tile.

The house even comes with a storied history — that one's free of charge — as a sumptuous hosting site for presidents like Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy and sundry astronauts during the space race. And Dave Thomas of Wendy's once called Hacienda del Sol home.

The listing agent was Stephanie Dandridge with ONE Sotheby's International Realty.

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