JUPITER ISLAND — The price for Celine Dion‘s gaudy property in Jupiter Island is melting like snow on a Quebec spring morning.
As a matter of fact, the Canuck diva now wants about half what she wanted a year ago. But don’t call your mortgage broker just yet: It’s still too expensive for those who pay their fair share of taxes!
Dion, 48, who’s been trying to unload the crib for nearly four years, says whoever comes up with $38.5 million can have it all, including 13 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, 5-and-a-half acres of beachfront land and a three-pool water park complete with slides, water cannons and a lazy river that’s driven the neighbors nuts with envy, and contempt.
When the property was first listed by a Montreal realtor in 2013, the asking price was then-Florida record $72 million.
Many came to visit 215 South Beach Road, but few could truly afford it.
Then last February, just weeks after the death of her husband and producer Rene Angelil, Gossip Extra told you exclusively the singer of My Heart Will Go On slashed it by almost $30 million as she gave the listing to the high-profile purveyors of fine island properties at Fenton & Lang.
They didn’t fare much better.
If you consider local prizes, it seems that the current tag on the Sotheby’s International listing is more appropriate and in tune with the market. A $38 million-property just sold down the street, and golfer Greg Norman‘s place just south is on the market for $55 million.
Dion and her family moved into the 10,000-square-foot house she had built from scratch in 2010.
It’s valued by the Martin County Property Appraiser’s office at $20 million, with taxes of $355,000!
The property has been home to several controversies over the years.
In addition to having to fight a federal lawsuit accusing her of not paying the house’s staff overtime hours, Dion angered her neighbors when she built the water park, something that made her a water hog in times of drought.
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As a matter of fact, the Jupiter Island town official who approved the permit for the slides and rides was eventually fired.
If she gets the asking price, meanwhile, Dion will not be walking away with just a few benjamins in her pockets.
She and Angelil took out a $35 million-loan on the property in May 2015, as Gossip Extra told you then.