A historic 3.8-acre property on which Laurance Rockefeller built his estate within one of the Caribbean’s most coveted stretches of oceanfront land, Dorado Beach, is now on the market for $8.5 million, Trillion Real Estate Group announced Thursday.
The firm, the exclusive Puerto Rico affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, said the property “presents an opportunity to build a dream home.”
“As one of the largest parcels situated in an unrivaled location with the most coveted vantage point, the property is the only one of its kind on the globally celebrated and environmentally conscious Dorado Beach, once owned and initially developed by the famed corporate titan,” the firm said.
The property includes a 4,000 square foot, single-family home where Rockefeller lived. While the basic structure of the home is salvageable for those seeking some element of historic restoration, the house can also be razed for fresh construction opportunities.
Situated across from the Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort, the prestigiously located and historic parcel boasts native trees and foliage, as well as unparalleled views of the East & West golf courses and amazing ocean vistas, the company said.
“This opportunity is focused on the spectacular parcel of land,” said listing agent Leticia Brunet-González, President of Trillion Realty Group. “Access to powdery white sand, turquoise waters and endless lush greenery, coupled with a strong historic significance, allows for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a dream home in line with the understated elegance and commitment to nature established by Rockefeller.”
The historically rich Dorado Beach is composed of 1,400 tropical acres some 21 miles west of San Juan. Owned by the Livingston family and used as a pineapple and coconut plantation in the early 1900s — during which time Amelia Earhart was known to have visited — the property was later sold by Clara Livingston to Rockefeller.
In the 1950s, with a focus on environmentally sound development, Rockefeller transformed much of the lush landscape into Puerto Rico’s most exclusive luxury resort, the Dorado Beach Hotel. Designed with the help of Henry Klumb — one of Puerto Rico’s most prominent 20th century architects — the resort, respected for its incorporation of natural elements, came to be known as a staple for celebrity and high-profile escapes.
While owned by Rockefeller, the Dorado Beach Hotel was visited by John Wayne, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, the Kennedy’s, Joan Crawford, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, among many others. Today, the Dorado Beach hotel is Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
Currently with its thriving, amenity-filled resort, the Dorado Beach sector also boasts noted golf courses and private communities. Surrounding residents have the opportunity to obtain memberships with Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, to enjoy its luxurious offerings, which include tennis courts, a spa, beach services, and several noted restaurants.