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House on Wells Road brings $7.7M

Posted On: 12-22-2014

By Darrell Hofheinz Daily News Real Estate Writer

Dr. Zbigniew Scheller and his wife, Anna Maria, have sold the five-bedroom home they owned for a decade at 231 Wells Road. The price was $7.69 million, according to the deed recorded Friday.

Connecticut auto dealer Jeffrey S. Hoffman bought the house using an entity named Majollo Palm Beach LLC, a Florida limited liability company, the deed shows.

Built in 2001, the house had been on the market for more than a year, co-listed at $8.75 million by agents Paulette Koch and Dana Koch of the Corcoran Group. Agent Ashley Copeland of Brown Harris Stevens was on the buyer’s side of the deal.

The Schellers have downsized to a three-bedroom apartment they bought for about $1 million last week, according to records in the Palm Beach Board of Realtors Multiple Listing Service. The Koches acted on behalf of the Schellers in the purchase of Unit 206N at 2000 S. Ocean Blvd. in Sloan’s Curve. Scott B. Gordon of Scott Gordon Realty was the listing broker.

The Mediterranean-style house on Wells Road stands on a formally landscaped lot measuring a third of an acre, a few houses west of North County Road. It has nearly 7,000 square feet of living space, inside and out.

Among the home’s features are Jerusalem limestone flooring, a mahogany-paneled library and an extensive pool area designed for entertaining, according to its sales listing.

The Schellers bought the house for about $5 million from its developer, Euro Homes builder Zack Ciomek, and his wife, Janina Radtke.

Copeland described the property as “one of Zack’s best homes.

”Ciomek had “put a lot of attention into the house,” she said, noting details such as real coral stone around the windows and handsome coffered ceilings. “The house also has a wonderful presence as you approach and enter it,” Copeland said.

Hoffman, who declined to comment, is co-chairman of Hoffman Auto Group, a fourth-generation family business that dates to 1921. He and his wife, Nancy, have a home in Avon, Conn., according to property records.

Hoffman Auto Group has locations in East Hartford, West Simsbury and New London and sells brands that include Lexus, Audi, Porsche and Lincoln.Scheller is a pathologist who earned his medical degree in Poland. In 1989, a jury awarded him $19.4 million, agreeing that he had been deprived access to clinical test results and billing information. The award against Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, a former hospital administrator and American Medical International Inc. was said at the time to be one of the largest ever in Palm Beach County.

With 3,280 square feet of living space, the condo the Schellers bought had been listed by Gordon for more than two years. It and a poolside cabana were sold by the estate of the late Marilyn A. Cohen, who died in 2010.

With ties to Newton, Mass., Cohen had bought the condo in 1981 with her late husband, Maurice, according to property records.

Paulette and Dana Koch and the Schellers could not be reached.

 

Source: Darrell Hofheinz, December 22, 2014, Palm Beach Daily News

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