Neuharth, founder of FLORIDA TODAY and USA TODAY, died April 19, 2013. He’d shared the home at 333 S. Atlantic Ave. with his wife, Dr. Rachel Fornes, and their children.
The 11-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot house boasts 12 bathrooms, a tennis and basketball court, a two-bedroom guest cottage and a one-bedroom caretaker cottage. It sits on 200 feet of direct ocean frontage.
It also has a a treehouse facing the ocean with a loft, running water and electricity.
“It’s a house that has been added on to over time with love,” said David Barin, an agent with Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc., the listing agent for the property. “You can tell it started out as one idea for a house and morphed into being a family compound. You can tell they very much cared for their children and that security was very important to the family.”
Sorensen Real Estate, headquartered in Vero Beach with an office in Indialantic, specializes in higher-end properties.
No one is currently living in the property, Barin said. He has shown the house to a small number of individuals who are familiar with the property and its history. There will be a global marketing effort to sell the estate, he said.
Built in 1975, the home had a colorful history, much like Neuharth.
While Neuharth’s role as head of Gannett Co. Inc. took him across the globe, he always considered Cocoa Beach his home. He named the beachfront estate Pumpkin Center after a crossroads bar and eatery he liked in his native South Dakota, and he frequently met political and business leaders there through his retirement.
He also hosted parties where the attendees included celebrities and astronauts.
Fornes is traveling out of the country and could not be reached for comment Monday about the property’s sale.
If the Pumpkin Center sells for its list price, it would likely be a Brevard County real estate record. In April, a Maryland couple purchased a Melbourne Beach oceanfront estate, known as “Shangri-La,” for $3.75 million.