While it’s generally unusual for the bulk of a home’s furnishings to convey as a condition of sale, ultra-luxury property agents say this kind of demand is popular among affluent overseas buyers who desire a fast and convenient transition to their U.S. digs.
One recent example involves the sale of the Tampa Bay, Fla., mansion of K-9 Detectives founder Christine Barsema. The spread — which boasts seven full bathrooms, a gym, a dog run, marble floors, and more — originally listed for $14.9 million in 2010 but was lowered by $2 million this spring. A buyer has since emerged and is slated to close on the property in September.
The deal includes not only the 15,000-square-foot estate but also Barsema’s Mercedes convertible and Bentley, $2 million worth of handcrafted furniture, towels, dishes, rugs, and just about everything else inside the home. Sand Key Realty agent Rafal Wazio said that, while extraordinary, the agreement is “liberating” for the seller and “a major convenience” for the buyers.