Chicago real estate chief flips Palm Beach home for $16M

U.K.-based buyer used a Cayman Islands entity to purchase the property

239 Emerald Lane (Realtor)
239 Emerald Lane (Realtor)

The head of a Chicago-area real estate firm flipped a renovated Palm Beach home for $15.5 million, $6.2 million more than his purchase price less than a year ago.

Property records show Daniel T. Van Voorhis, via a trust in his name, sold the house at 239 Emerald Lane. The United Kingdom-based buyer is Buck House Limited, a Cayman Islands company.

Van Voorhis is president and CEO of Oak Brook, Illinois-based Continental Communities, a real estate investment firm founded in 1997, according to its website. In January, he bought a waterfront home near North Palm Beach for $17.1 million.

The 6,131-square-foot Palm Beach house sits on over half an acre and has five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and one half-bathroom, according to It was built in 1950 and comes with a pool.

The house was listed in December for $16.9 million. Gary Pohrer with Douglas Elliman had the listing, and Stephen D. Hall with Compass Palm Beach represented the buyer.

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Hall declined to identify the buyer, but said he is from the U.K. He said the sellers had renovated the property, adding a new kitchen, bathrooms, and flooring.

“They liked the near-town location and plan to renovate more,” Hall said of the buyer.

Records show the house last sold for $9.3 million in May, highlighting the ongoing surge in home prices amid the pandemic.

In the past few weeks, several high-priced deals have closed in Palm Beach. Late last month, a former ambassador to Brazil and the Netherlands bought an oceanfront townhouse for $7.5 million. Todd Glaser and his partners bought a waterfront Palm Beach mansion for $53 million with plans to expand it and relist it for $115 million. And a spec homebuilder bought an oceanfront Palm Beach lot for $39 million.