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The White House, Fort Lauderdale’s Most Iconic Property, Sells for $24.5 Million

Also known as La Maison Blanche, the property was built in 1936 by the Galt family and was initially listed for sale in 2019 with a $32 million price tag.

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Image credit: Photo Credit: Rob Aleong, Luxury Production Studios

Florida’s own White House — also known as La Maison Blanche — the magnificent estate built by the Galt family that occupies an entire island point of Fort Lauderdale, is now under new ownership.

The property just sold for a whopping $24.5 million, consolidating its position as a trophy estate. Compass’ Tim Elmes of The Elmes Group represented the buyer in the transaction.

While the names of the buyers haven’t been disclosed, we do know they are South Florida powerhouse developers with strong roots in the Northeast.

Which means exciting things lay ahead for the 1936-built estate.

With expansive water frontage, Fort Lauderdale’s White House is a private isle unto itself and can accommodate mega yacht dockage.

Image credit: Photo Credit: Rob Aleong, Luxury Production Studios
Image credit: Photo Credit: Rob Aleong, Luxury Production Studios
Image credit: Photo Credit: Rob Aleong, Luxury Production Studios

It’s anchored by a sprawling 22-room main residence whose rooms all open up to unobstructed water views.

With gracious formal entertaining options, a great room, theater, a Chef’s kitchen, and a total of three master suites (two of them contained in a private wing), La Maison Blanche epitomizes true Florida glamor. 

Image credit: Photo Credit: Rob Aleong, Luxury Production Studios

There’s also a guest house on the property (which offers two separate apartments) and an 8-car garage.

Prior to the sale, the waterfront property was owned by Barbara Hutchings who, along with her late husband, Jack, owned a $100 million-a-year manufacturing business producing auto parts for automobile air conditioners for GM.

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Written by Georgie Mihaila

With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com

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