For Sale: August Busch's Giant Beach Estate Known for Hosting Stars, Presidents [PHOTOS]
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.
The brewery mogul stayed at the St. Pete Beach house during spring training for the St. Louis Cardinals, then in downtown St. Petersburg.
RE/MAX Realtec Group The estate has three separate homes, each with its own kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
RE/MAX Realtec Group A bird's-eye view of the Busch Estate.
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.
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.
RE/MAX Realtec Group The Busch Estate at night.
See more photos of the Busch Estate on page two.