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For Sale: August Busch's Giant Beach Estate Known for Hosting Stars, Presidents [PHOTOS]

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Who wants to party like a Busch?
Call it the house that Bud built.

Well, technically, three houses.

August A. Busch's sprawling Florida beach estate -- complete with three separate waterfront homes and a 220-foot wharf -- is on the market for a $6.9 million price tag.

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The estate has three separate homes, each with its own kitchen.
The brewery mogul stayed at the St. Pete Beach house during spring training for the St. Louis Cardinals, then in downtown St. Petersburg.

But the expansive and luxurious beachfront haven soon attracted famous visitors, according to the Tampa Bay Times, including President Lyndon Johnson, President Bill Clinton, Frank Sinatra, Mariah Carey, Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, Arnold Palmer, Ed McMahon and Walter Cronkite.

See also: Busch Unbottled: Divulging secrets from the sudsy to the sordid, a new book pops the top off St. Louis' beer-brewing dynasty

When Busch wasn't entertaining the rich and famous, his Pass-A-Grille beach house served as a winter headquarters, where he oversaw the growing operations of (then) the world's largest beer dynasty, Anheuser-Busch. He brought secretaries, servants, private chefs, corporate officers' general staff and the legal department to the beach from Grant's Farm from December through April.

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A bird's-eye view of the Busch Estate.
Two of his ships, the A & Eagle, a 120-foot yacht, and the Miss Budweiser, a 51-foot Rybovitch Sport Fish, are still at the estate. The wharf, which can accommodate a 140-foot yacht, is so large that it's illegal to build one that large anywhere else in America.

Busch's 83rd birthday -- seven years before his death in 1989 -- made the papers when friends surprised him at the beach house with a rather unusual gift: a tiger from Circus World, according to the Times.

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The Busch Estate at night.
After Busch's death, the estate spent fifteen years in fierce court battles until Tom Frederick, founder of Tampa's Zeno Office Solutions, bought it in December, according to the Times. The property is now marketed by Mark and Chase Ganier at RE/MAX Realtec Group for $6.9 million.

See more photos of the Busch Estate on page two.

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29 comments
wolfoffl
wolfoffl

Too bad whoever did the staging doesnt have any taste.
The furniture is cheap and 10 years out of style.

Nita Biffar
Nita Biffar

Shame they won't donate some of that money to the homeless here in their own country that they say they love and care about. Yea Right

Linda Summers
Linda Summers

I want that house? Who wants to tell me the winning lottery numbers so I could afford it?

Jolene Jarnagin
Jolene Jarnagin

Highly overpriced...! Zillow says it's only worth 3.2 Mil... Just saying...!

Peggy Hager
Peggy Hager

They hired a franchise cleaning service Nice job Dale

Peggy Hager
Peggy Hager

The Bush that owns Krey Distributors in St. PETERS MO. Don't higher "MOM AND POP services.but I'm sure mom and pop companies buys his products ....Boooo

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

For realsies, or for April Foolsies?

Doug Tull
Doug Tull

I wonder if any women "accidentally" died there?

James Bryan Welch
James Bryan Welch

Your Grandpa was one of a kind, Brian! And so was Mr. Busch.

Joellen Pickens
Joellen Pickens

Hell no. I don't care to be shot at by white trash loonies.

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Sorry, I need the money for the AT&T Rooftop seats.

Pamela Murphy
Pamela Murphy

Well your mom is looking for a new house. Would be a little commute.

Susan Owens
Susan Owens

No, but I wish I could afford to if I wanted to! Then I'd find better places for the money, like helping people less fortunate!

Brian Schwarze
Brian Schwarze

Use to go fishing there early in the morning with Stan and Auggie in the 80's during spring training.

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