Violin aficionado family buys waterfront South Florida home to the tune of $5M

Family plans to gut-renovate or knock down the house

Miami /
Mar.March 23, 2021 04:30 PM
From left: David, Sean, Grace and Lauren Carpenter with the home on Center Island Drive (Photos via The Carpenter Family, Tzinker)

From left: David, Sean, Grace and Lauren Carpenter with the home on Center Island Drive (Photos via The Carpenter Family, Tzinker)

Violist David Aaron Carpenter purchased a waterfront home in Golden Beach for $5 million, The Real Deal has learned.

Carpenter and his family, violin dealers and art collectors Sean, Lauren and Grace Carpenter, purchased the 6,692-square-foot home on Center Island Drive, according to the buyer’s agent, Daniel Tzinker of Tzinker International Realty, and the buyer, David Carpenter.

Daniel Tzinker of Tzinker International Realty and Kenny Raymond of Berkshire Hathaway

Daniel Tzinker of Tzinker International Realty and Kenny Raymond of Berkshire Hathaway

Property records show Ralph Velocci, a senior vice president of Waste Pro and former Waste Management regional vice president, sold the house. It was on the market for $5.3 million with Kenny Raymond of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty.

Raymond said the seller, who he declined to identify, built the four-bedroom house himself and imported Carrara marble from Italy. It hit the market in 2016 for $6.2 million and was reduced over the years.

The Carpenter family plans to eventually live in the home, first either gut-renovating the house, which was built in 1990, or knocking it down and rebuilding. The family has been living at Oceana Bal Harbour during the pandemic.

Carpenter told TRD that he and his family members, who have also lived in London and New York City, were attracted to the quality of life in Florida and said there is “amazing potential” to start a classical music festival in South Florida. If they decide to renovate the house, he plans to convert one room to a music studio.

The home has a rooftop deck, vaulted ceilings and a wine storage room. The property also includes a pool, 150 feet of water frontage and a protected slip with dock space. The nearly 14,000-square-foot lot previously sold in 1987 for $190,000, records show.

Golden Beach has experienced a jump in waterfront home sales, similar to other coastal areas of South Florida.

Earlier this year, a 1.5-acre oceanfront lot sold for $24 million, and the head of a New York brokerage paid $8.1 million for a home, also on Center Island Drive.

In November, Sammy Sosa’s oceanfront mansion went on the market for nearly $20 million.






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