Resi roundup: CEOs, lawyer, liquor honcho buy, sell homes in South Florida

In the latest roundup of South Florida luxury home sales, deals span Miami to Palm Beach and range from $8.7 million to $14.5 million.

Buyers and sellers include CEOs, the former general counsel to the U.S. Navy, a liquor distribution heir and a developer.


In Miami, attorney Frank Jimenez sold his waterfront house for $9 million in an off-market deal. He and his wife, Deborah Jimenez, sold the house at 3523 North Bay Homes Drive to the West 23rd Street trust, with Tennessee-based lawyer William Edwards signing on behalf of the buyer, according to records. The true buyer is unknown.

Frank Jimenez is general counsel of GE HealthCare, the Chicago-based medical device spin-off of General Electric. He formerly served as general counsel to the defense contractor Raytheon Technologies, and prior to that was general counsel to the U.S. Navy in both the Bush and Obama administrations. 

The Jimenezs bought the North Bay Homes Drive house for $4.5 million in 2021, records show. Built in 1986 on 0.2 acres, the 4,400-square-foot house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, according to property records. A renovation was completed in 2015, a previous listing shows.

Also in Miami, Bausch + Lomb CEO Brent Saunders sold a waterfront Venetian Islands home for $14 million. Records show he sold the house at 1142 North Venetian Way to Murat Bugdaycay, a New York-based investor. 

Dina Goldentayer and Raissa Enis of Douglas Elliman had the listing, and Fabrizio Pellicciotti of Miami Blue Real Estate brought the buyer. 

The sale follows Saunders’ November purchase of Cher’s former La Gorce Island waterfront mansion for $35.4 million. 

He bought the Venetian Islands house for $10.8 million in 2019, records show. The 6,700-square-foot house spans 0.3 acres, with five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Built in 2014, it has a pool and a dock, according to property records. 

Saunders listed it for $19.5 million in October, Redfin shows. 

Miami Beach

In Miami Beach, liquor distribution heir David Chaplin and his wife, Ashley Radler Chaplin, bought a non-waterfront Sunset Islands home for $9 million. Records show the couple bought the house at 2821 Lucerne Avenue from North Carolina-based Intrepid Ventures LLC, with Keith Phillips signing. 

Carlos Uribe of Inmobiliata had the listing, and Danny Hertzberg of the Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker Realty brought the buyers.

Chaplin is chief growth officer of his family’s liquor company, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. His grandfather, Harvey Chaplin, founded the Miami-based business in 1968, and David Chaplin now works beside his two siblings there. His brother, Mark Chaplin, heads commercial strategy for Southern Glazer’s and bought a non-waterfront La Gorce Island home for $8 million in May. 

Intrepid Ventures bought the Lucerne Avenue house from spec developer Todd Glaser in 2019 for $4.9 million, records show. Built in 2016 on a quarter-acre, the 4,400-square-foot house has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, one half-bathroom and a pool, records show. 

It hit the market for $12 million in September, selling for $3 million shy of that listing price, Redfin shows. 

Ocean Ridge

In Ocean Ridge, a pharmaceuticals boss sold his oceanfront home for $14.5 million. Records show David and Melissa Epstein sold the house at 6029 Old Ocean Boulevard to Cote Land Trust, with City National Bank of Florida signing as trustee. The true buyer is unknown. 

Nick Malinosky of the Exclusive Group at Douglas Elliman had the listing, and Casey Flannery of Equestrian Sotheby’s International Realty brought the buyer. 

David Epstein is CEO of Seagen, a Seattle-based biotech firm. Drugmaker Pfizer acquired it for $43 billion in March, according to published reports. Epstein has a $57.5 million pay package, Fierce Pharma reported. He also heads Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami, a non-profit wildlife hospital. 

The Epsteins bought the Old Ocean Boulevard house for $9 million in 2021, records show. Built in 1958 on 0.3 acres, the home was completely renovated in 2019, according to the listing. Spanning 79 feet of oceanfront, the 3,800-square-foot house now has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and one half-bathroom, the listing shows. The home also has a pool and guest house.

The Epsteins listed it for $15.5 million in January of last year, and dropped the price to $15 million in November, Redfin shows. 

Palm Beach

On the island of Palm Beach, developer Neil Kozokoff sold a non-waterfront house for $8.7 million. Records show he and his wife, Gemma Kozokoff, sold the home at 1436 North Ocean Way to a trust named for the address with local attorney Adam Seligman signing on behalf of the buyer.

Lawrence Moens of Lawrence A. Moens Associates had the listing, and Thor Brown of Douglas Elliman brought the buyer.

Neil Kozokoff heads West Palm Beach-based Parkland Companies, a developer and manager of multifamily and commercial properties. The couple bought the North Ocean Way home for $3.9 million in 2019, records show. Built on 0.3-acres in 1957, the house spans 4,200 square feet, with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, one half-bathroom and a pool, according to property records. It was renovated in 2005, the listing shows. 

The Kozokoffs listed it for $11.9 million in January of last year, Redfin shows. They dropped the price to $11.3 million in August, and to $10.9 million in October. The sale price marks a more than doubling in value since they bought the house five years ago. 

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