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Beyond the Hedges: Island Drive house fetches recorded $5.6M

Posted On: 11-30-2012

By Darrell Hofheinz

Daily News Staff Writer

Add another sale to the roster of homes that have changed hands on Everglades Island this year.

The latest residence to move off the market is 630 Island Drive, a 1951 house that has sold for a recorded $5.642 million, according to the warranty deed recorded Monday by the Palm Beach County Clerk’s office.

The sellers of the five-bedroom, Monterey-style residence and its one-bedroom guesthouse were sisters Lore Hayward Dodge of Palm Beach and Lise Greer Moran of New York, who had listed the property at $6.495 million with agent Thor Brown of Fite Shavell & Associates. The house had been on the market at $6.9 million with a couple of other agencies before Brown got the listing at the beginning of October — and it went under contract within four days, Brown reports.

Agent Stephen Ploof of Linda A. Gary Real Estate represented the buyer, retiree Dr. Steven M. Gottlieb, whose wife is Laurie Raber-Gottlieb, a retired nurse. The Gottliebs’ West Palm Beach address was listed on the deed, which was dated Nov. 21. They also have a home in Bal Harbor.

The Gottliebs say they’re considering replacing the house, which has 5,547 square feet of living space, inside and out, according to property records. But a substantial renovation also is an option.

What they won’t be changing, however, are the picturesque views, thanks to the property’s 106 feet of waterfront on the east side of Everglades Island. The lot directly faces the small bridge that connects Island Road to Tarpon Island. Just to the north is the main bridge to Palm Beach, while southeastern vistas capture the Intracoastal Waterway and Palm Beach.

Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Gottlieb founded and headed several companies, including Anesthetix Management, a nationwide anesthesiology services provider. Most recently, he served as CEO of TeamHealth Amnesia until his retirement earlier this year. He and his wife’s philanthropic efforts include support for the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League and other charities.

The sisters who sold the house are daughters of the late John Bell Moran Jr., who owned it for years before his death in 2001. He was a direct descendant of Detroit pioneer Jean Morand.

The property is the sixth to sell on Everglades Island this year and follows closely on the heels of last month’s recorded $7.9 million sale for 631 Island Drive, directly across the street.

Brown says that once all the costs are figured in, the sale of No. 630 could help boost land values on Everglades Island.

“It wasn’t a giveaway,” Brown says. “This sale shows a lot of promise for the upcoming season.”


Source: Darrell Hofheinz, November 30, 2012, Palm Beach Daily News


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