Self-storage mogul adds waterfront lot to Fort Lauderdale compound
Janus founder David Curtis dropped $32.5M on the adjacent estate last year
The founder of self-storage manufacturing giant Janus International Group added a $12 million vacant lot to his waterfront Fort Lauderdale compound.
Records show David and Vicki Curtis bought the land at 1719 Southeast 12th Court from Victor and Anto Pekic. Marc Brandt of Douglas Elliman represented both sides of the deal.
David Curtis founded Janus in 2001. The Temple, Georgia-based company is a leading manufacturer and supplier of self-storage products, known especially for its steel roll-up doors. Clearlake Capital acquired the company in 2018, and Janus made its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in June 2021, after a merger with Juniper Industrial Holdings. Curtis stepped down from his role as CEO in 2019.
Victor and Anto Pekic are local real estate investors, records show. They bought the 0.4-acre property for $8.2 million in November 2021, and tore down the existing home last year, records show. The waterfront property includes 250 feet of waterfront. It was also listed for sale with plans for a spec mansion for $35 million.
In 2021, the pair sold a newly built waterfront spec home at 2841 Northeast 37th Court in Fort Lauderdale for $8 million, after buying the property for $1.6 million in 2018, records show.
The lot the Curtises purchased is adjacent to the 0.5-acre spec compound they bought for $32.5 million in August. Their mansion spans 13,060 square feet, nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, and includes two pools and 345 feet of deep water dockage. The estate also includes a guest house and a garage to fit up to 20 cars.
The purchase set a residential price record for Broward County, one month after brothers and real estate investors Seth and Brad Cohen sold a waterfront spec estate for $28.5 million.
With this latest acquisition, the Curtis’ compound expands to 0.9-acres with more than 595 feet of waterfront.
Rapid price growth in the last three years has sent prices for waterfront lots and teardowns in Fort Lauderdale skyrocketing. The Cohen brothers dropped $19.5 million on a historic waterfront teardown in December, with plans to develop the property with two new houses.