Marshalls are preparing to put Madoff’s mansions on the market, and victims of his ponzi scheme are hoping to cash in big time. Based on court records, the FBI is revving up to sell an estimated $30 million in real estate and property, all of which will go to his victims. The three homes on the way to market are a penthouse in Manhattan, a Montauk beach house on Long Island and a waterfront Palm Beach retreat.
Vacation real estate Madoff owned in Côte d’Azur that was seized by the feds back in March has since been sold. The chic three-bedroom Cap d’Antibes home netted $1.48 million noted the Justice Department. Funds from the sale are being held at the U.S. Marshall’s office.
Marshalls opened the doors to Madoff’s Manhattan luxury penthouse earlier in September giving the public a glimpse into the lifestyle of the previously rich rip-off artist. The two-story apartment was the location of Madoff’s confinement during his house arrest.
Four fireplaces, a baby Steinway piano, antique rugs, custom-made furniture and other fine furnishings must have made Madoff quite comfortable while carrying out his Ponzi scheme. U.S. Marshall Roland Ubaldo said that the Manhattan penthouse was the crown jewel of all Madoff’s properties seized by the government. It’s easy to see why with all the lavish decorations and furnishings.
A wraparound terrace provides a stunning view of southern Manhattan. His and her closets contain Madoff’s handmade Belgian shoes and boxes of designer clothing that are all packed away and awaiting auction. His den does not disappoint, either, with cherry paneling and a leather bull - his personal trademark.
According to court filings, the apartment was valued at $7.5 million by the FBI. One New York appraiser has his doubts about the appraisal. Miller Samuel appraiser, Jonathan Miller, said that what he’d seen of it so far would be considered fairly modest, in his opinion. He cited that it was not actually a Park Avenue duplex, which is what the press coverage had been calling it. Its address is on 64th Street and it sits a block east on the corner of Lexington.
The Montauk beach house with 3,000 square feet of living space sits on a one-and-a-half acre prime lot atop a bluff overlooking an ocean beach. It sits closer to the water’s edge than would be allowed today due to earlier more lax zoning regulations.
Feds estimate its worth at $7 million, but tax assessments indicate its value at $3.3 million. Regardless, one real estate agent noted that the history and high-profile of the home may cause it to sell for as much as $10 million. Purchased in 1980, the Madoffs originally only paid $250,000 for the home.
Listed under Madoff’s wife’s name, the Palm Beach hideaway is valued at $7.5 million. Featuring a pool, 8,753 square feet of living space, five-bedrooms and seven-bathrooms, the two-story home sits on a waterfront half-acre plot. Included in the property is a boat dock where Madoff parked his now-seized yacht, the Bull. It is a 55-foot fishing vessel reportedly worth $1.5 million.
Well shaded by lots of large trees and a large second-floor veranda, the house sits just down the shore from a location where Madoff lured in many of his victims, the Palm Beach Country Club.
Madoff is making amends in his not-so-luxurious jail cell and the hope is that the victims he left as carnage will be reimbursed for some of their loss and suffering.
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