McAfee Estate in Woodland Park, Co Goes Back on the Auction Block
In the spring of 2007, I had the opportunity to tour the 290 acre property and home of anti-virus mogul, John McAfee. OMG! What an amazing little homestead! John himself conducted the tour of Real Estate professionals prior to the auction in May that would result in the sale of the property for 5.72 million. A disappointment, surely, for McAfee, as bidding was to start at 15 million. Even so, it was the highest priced sale in the region. I was expecting to meet a "geeky" type guy that day. Instead, John McAfee was a well preserved 60 something in jeans, a white T shirt and boots. (Not that there is anything wrong with geeky, just not what in my mind's eye was expecting).
He spent a reputed 25 million to develop the property.
We toured the incredible 10,600 square foot home with 19 bedrooms , and of course, picturesque and to die for views of Pikes Peak. Fabulous and very old statuary from places (now forgotten, sorry) around the world graced the entry. We then followed in other vehicles as he toured us around the acreage. There were 3 guest homes, (one used as a yoga center), and nine cabins on the property. One of the cabins as I recall, was built precariously atop a rock outcropping. Looked a little difficult to get to!
The property sold in May of 2007 to 29 year old Chicago commodities trader, Jeffery Patrick Wu. Mr. Wu put the property back on the market in December of 2007 after he decided he was unable to spend as much time there as he had thought. I do know that there was some negotiating at one point from a potential buyer, a corporation, but I'm not aware of the reason that deal fell through. The property was listed at 8.9 million, and later reduced to 7.5 million. The estate will go on the auction block this time starting at a bargain price of 3.8 million on November 8. Pre-auction inspections are on November 1, and anyone wishing to bid on the property
must have in hand a $100,000 cashiers check.
Personally, I'm hoping whoever buys the estate does not do so with the intention of subdividing. To date, no one has consulted me for my opinion....;)
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