LA real estate investors buy David Cassidy's Florida home
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A Los Angeles-based real estate investor has bought the six-bedroom south Florida home that belonged to late teenage idol David Cassidy and is hoping to remodel it on television.
Amy L. Raff and her husband, Abe Rotchel, told the South Florida SunSentinel they didn't want to buy Cassidy's waterfront home when they started looking at offers in Fort Lauderdale.
"It turned out it was just his house," Raff told the newspaper. "It's a fabulous home in a great location."
The house sold for $ 2.6 million, the newspaper reported.
Cassidy died in 2017 at the age of 67 after being hospitalized with liver and kidney disease. At the beginning of the year he announced that he was suffering from dementia and would retire as a performer.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Cassidy rose to fame as the shaggy-haired teen idol in The Partridge Family. His face graced the covers of magazines aimed at young teenagers.
Raff told the newspaper that as a young girl she had his poster on the wall.
"He was beautiful, but it's very sad what happened to him."
Cassidy bought the house in 2001 for $ 1.1 million and lived in it with his then-wife Susan Shifrin-Cassidy until the couple divorced in 2015 and he filed for bankruptcy.
He was arrested three times on DUI charges between 2010 and 2014 and convicted of a hit on Interstate 595 in 2015.
The home was sold to Maryland investors at auction for approximately $ 2 million. They rented it with Cassidy memorabilia for a short-term vacation, the newspaper reported. In 2018, it went on sale for $ 3.9 million.
Raff said they are planning extensive renovations to update the interior and the outdoor pool and patio area. They plan to move into the area by the end of summer to oversee the project that Raff hopes will be featured on a home makeover-type television program.
Once the renovation is complete, they plan to move into the house.
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