Resi roundup: Financiers, oil honchos and entertainment moguls close deals across South Florida

Buyers and sellers include former Disney exec turned winemaker, a hedge funder and an actor

Resi Roundup: Industry Moguls Buy, Sell Across South Florida
Senator Investment Group's Tim Garry with Richard Frank and Leslie Frank (Frank Family Vineyards, LinkedIn, Getty)

In the latest roundup of South Florida residential sales, players from a wide variety of industries closed luxury deals.

Sales spanned the tri-county region, ranging in price from $7.8 million to $10 million.

In Miami Beach, actor Marjorie O’Neill-Butler sold her longtime waterfront home for $8.3 million. Records show O’Neill-Butler sold the house at 603 East Dilido Drive on the Venetian Islands to Marcio Pacheco Ferreira and Luciana Augusto Mattoso Ferreira.

Dina Goldentayer and Wendy Herrera of Douglas Elliman represented the buyer and seller.

O’Neill-Butler is a working actor and writer, LinkedIn shows. According to IMDb she had parts in “Burn Notice” and “Boynton Beach Club.” On the buyers’ side, Pacheco Ferreira is a partner and senior portfolio manager at Pharo Management, a New York City-based hedge fund. 

The actor bought the quarter-acre Miami Beach property for $337,000 in 1988, records show. Built in 1935, the 3,500-square-foot home has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, property records show. It also has a pool and a dock. It was advertised as a renovation opportunity with 60 feet of waterfront, the listing shows.

It listed for $9.5 million in June of last year, according to 

Also in Miami-Dade County, a former member of Disney’s top brass dropped $8.7 million on a condo at Estates at Acqualina. Rich and Leslie Frank bought unit N-4001 in the north tower at 17901 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach, records show. 

Rich Frank was president of Disney Studios from 1985 to 1994, then chairman of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications from 1994 to 1995. Leslie Frank was a broadcast journalist for KABC Los Angeles. 

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The couple now own and operate Frank Family Vineyards in Napa, an award-winning winery.

Other recent closings at Estates at Acqualina include a dairy mogul and a jeweler, who bought units for $9.1 million and $6.8 million, respectively, last month. 

In Fort Lauderdale, Betty and John Maniscalco sold their waterfront home for $7.8 million. The couple sold the house at 1637 Southeast 12th Court to Anthony and Bridget Baranello, according to records.

James Morlock with Fidelity Real Estate had the listing, and Joseph Beltrand with Coldwell Banker Realty brought the buyers.

John Maniscalco founded J.A.M. Distributors, a distributor of ExxonMobil petroleum products based in Houston, Texas. He sold it to the private equity firm Ridgemont Equity Partners in 2012 for an undisclosed amount, according to published reports. 

The Maniscalcos bought the Fort Lauderdale home for $3.8 million in 2015, property records show. Built in 2000 on 0.4 acres, the home spans 7,400 square feet, with seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and one half-bathroom, according to records. 

They listed it for $13 million in March of last year, Redfin shows. 

In Jupiter’s gated Admirals Cove community, a financier and his wife sold their waterfront home for $10 million. Tim Garry and Amanda Link sold the house at 159 Commodore Drive to the CKMH Family Trust, with attorney David Tassell signing on behalf of the buyer, records show.

Garry is chief risk officer with New York City-based Senator Investment Group, LinkedIn shows. He and Link bought the 0.4-acre Admirals Cove home for $6.5 million in 2021, according to property records. Built in 2020, the 5,800-square-foot house has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, one half-bathroom, a pool and a dock, records show. 

They listed it for $12.5 million in August, and sold it for $3.5 million more than they paid two years ago.