FORT LAUDERDALE — As fans of David Cassidy celebrate his 68th birthday April 12, well-heeled lovers of 1970s kitsch can now spend nights at the mansion near the beach in Fort Lauderdale that the singer and star of The Partridge Family called home for nearly 15 years.
Cassidy’s old house at 1600 South Ocean Drive near Port Everglades has found a second life as a luxury rental.
The two Maryland investors who bought the house in a 2015 auction designed to keep Cassidy’s creditors at bay when he filed for bankruptcy are renting it out for rates starting at $1,500 a night.
“It’s more than just a rental,” said co-owner Thomas White. “We wanted something with Ritz-Carlton quality. It’s the best sheets, the best kitchen, the best of everything and a lot of David Cassidy memorabilia.”
Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge in the iconic 1970s sitcom and is known for chart-toppers like I Think I Love You, died in November after battling alcoholism and dementia.
But his legacy, said White, lives on in the house, re-christened Casa de Mayan.
“We’ve got tons of photos from David’s collection on the walls, things like a desk where he wrote music and his old cocktail table.”
White and Baltimore oncologist Scott Watkins bought the house for $2.06 million, according to property records, sight unseen.
“We were participating in the auction while getting ready to go to work in the morning,” White said. “There were two other parties going for it but we won.
“We’re both in our 50s, so we grew up with David Cassidy and the TV show.”
When he saw the house for the first time, White says, he decided the layout wasn’t for him.
Instead of tearing the place down, he and Watkins decided to buy something in nearby Coral Ridge and put on the short-term rental market.
Because Cassidy wasn’t doing well financially, said White, he somewhat neglected upgrading the house.
“We did quite a bit of work in it,” White says.
With 7,000 square feet of space the house, which records show Cassidy bought in 2001 for $1.1 million, boasts six bedrooms and is big enough for up to 12 people.
However, says White, he vets potential guests like a government agency.
“We interview the renters in depth,” White says. “We just want to make sure the house will be ok.”