Friday, February 1, 2008

Dan Marino's Parkland Estate on the auction block

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They trickled in slowly Friday, driving through ornate, electronically-controlled wrought iron gates to walk the halls of a multi-million dollar home that former Miami Dolphins football legend Dan Marino had once planned to live in.

The mansion, at 6429 NW 65 Way, is up for auction on Saturday, another casualty of South Florida's continuing real estate slump."It's nice for entertaining," said Parkland resident Stacey Zedeck, as she and her brother Frank Hawthorne, of New York, checked out the airy kitchen and sprawling living room during an open house. "It's an interesting house and it's well-decorated."The seven-bedroom, 9½-bath mansion was listed for sale at $3.5 million. It will be sold by auction at 11 a.m. on Saturday by Naples-based auctioneer Daniel DeCaro.In South Florida to check out property, Hawthorne said the house is impressive but not suited to his taste. He spent more than 30 minutes touring the huge house, but said the Dan Marino link to the property had nothing to do with his curiousity."It has a lot of architectural interest. It's sort of Southwest meets Morocco meets South America," Hawthorne said, grinning. "But it's not exactly what I'm looking for. There's a lot of dark wood, and that's not really my thing. The master bedroom was very nice, and the courtyard was very nice.""Stars don't really impress me too much," Hawthorne said.Walking through the foyer, Coral Springs resident Gail Roberts nodded her approval."It's big," said Roberts, who works in a medical office, and stopped by Friday afternoon for a look-see. "I was curious and my husband said, 'Go look.' I said, 'Why not?'"The open house was scheduled to last until 5 p.m., but only registered bidders will be permitted to attend the auction. To qualify, bidders must show a driver's license, a certified check for $25,000 and a blank personal check.DeCaro said Marino and his wife, Claire, can reject the highest bid, but the Marinos "are very motivated to have the house sold," DeCaro said.The couple bought the home for $2.95 million in 2005. They won't be at the auction but likely will listen in on the phone, DeCaro said. Many frustrated sellers are turning to auctions as a way to unload properties during the housing slump.The Marinos could not be reached. They're also selling their Weston estate, which has been reduced to $13.5 million from $15.9 million.

Might they consider auctioning that property? "I don't know what their plans are," listing agent Tim Elmes said.Even if both houses sell, the Marinos are not expected to leave South Florida.