WEST PALM BEACH — TV talker Rosie O’Donnell has sold her waterfront West Palm Beach vacation home to H. Wayne Huizenga Jr., the eldest son of former Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga, Gossip Extra has learned.
Jr. tells us exclusively he plans on leveling the house and rebuild something nice on the Intracoastal-front property.
“It’ll probably take three years before we can move in,” Huizenga said.
O’Donnell had the Northwood property on the market for almost a year and didn’t get as much as much as she’d hoped: The five-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion at 3100 N. Flagler was sold Jan. 8 for $5 million, according to public records, 10 percent below the asking price of $5.5 million.
The outspoken O’Donnell didn’t even recoup the $5.27 initial investments she made in the property when she purchased it in 2015.
There were rumors O’Donnell was going to settle into the Northwood Village mansion, and had a terribly romantic staycation there with Tatum O’Neal, but a month after her nemesis Donald Trump was elected president, she put the house back on the market.
The 5,700-square-foot house was initially listed for $6.05 million, but was discounted multiple times. The most recent buyer got it for even less than the $5.275 million the property sold for in 2005, according to Realtor.com.
It’s hard to guess why the home, at the edge of the city’s friendliest gay neighborhood, has changed hands so much or has failed to hold its value.
The home features 178-feet of waterfront, a guest home, an outdoor fireplace, two-tented loggias, a 40-foot-long swimming pool and lawn
O’Donnell paid cash for the house in 2015 after she sold her Star Island mansion in Miami Beach for $12.6 million.
Huizenga, meanwhile, says he believes in the area.
“For my bride (wife Fonda) and I, it’s a return to the area where we great up.”
Huizenga, 56, bought the Rybovich boat yard and marina down the street from the property 14 years ago and has seen the neighborhood change for the better. Which is why he is making the move from Boca Raton.
“We have worked with the city and the different mayor since we bought Rybovich,” Huizenga said. “I believe in Northwood Village. It’s a wonderful place to live and work.”
So, what was it like dealing with Rosie?
“I wouldn’t know,” he said. “We did this through brokers.”
Jr.’s famous dad once owned the Blockbuster chain of DVD rental stores, baseball’s Florida Marlins, hockey’s Florida Panthers and the Dolphins back when they were good.