WEST PALM BEACH — West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio must have been drinking some of her own Kool-Aid about the Northwood neighborhood coming back up.
Muoio and her husband, Chuck, dropped $1.275 million on a historic but aging property in the up-and-down northeast corner of the city, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively.
The Muoios pulled the trigger on their big purchase a few days after their suburban McMansion in the Ibis Golf and Country Club in the far western confines of WPB sold for a tidy $1.25 million.
It was on the market on-and-off for nearly three years, and the Muoios lost their shirts on that property: They bought the Ibis house in 2002 for $1.35 million!
HerHoner’s new Northwood place at 3001 Spruce Ave., according to records, is two blocks west from TV talker Rosie O’Donnell‘s new place at 3000 Flagler.
The property boasts a 1928 house with five bedroom and three bathrooms over 4,310 square feet under AC, and has quite a history.
It’s is well-known in Old Northwood because of it was one of the area’s first houses, and it’s had a colorful history.
Long ago residents held S&M sex parties and used the dark space that now encase a working elevator as an honest-to-goodness dungeon where “sex slaves” entertained visitors.
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The house was originally built for Orrin Randolph, the neighborhood’s first developer and is a favorite in Old Northwood tours of historic houses.
In 2012, the mansion was featured as the Designers’ Showhouse in the yearly American Red Cross fundraiser where each of two dozen decorators do up a room that’s later visited by thousands of gawkers.
With the Democratic mayor about to move in, the Northwood residents who have complained about the lack of coherent city services for years — good luck jogging on sidewalks without breaking an ankle! — can now expect modest improvements.
As for Gossip Extra, and granted we’re no realtors, we just don’t get why Muoio dropped that kind of money on that house, that far from the beach!
Looking at the photos, we wouldn’t pay $50 on Airbnb to stay there.