Some houses have home offices, but this one has a full-on trading floor.
A Fort Lauderdale, Florida, mansion that just went on the market for $12.99 million has a Wall Street-style command center with a trading computer, 10 monitors and an LED news ticker. The wood-paneled room also boasts two internet providers.
“If one carrier goes down, it automatically switches to another so you don’t miss productivity,” says owner Neil Schneider, 76, a nephrologist who began trading financial products for six hours each day after he retired from practicing medicine.
This is just one perk of the over-the-top property, located at 220 North Compass Drive. The 12,523-square-foot, six-bedroom home also contains a movie theater, a dog spa with a custom-made dog bath, a library with a built-in humidor for cigars and a massive wine cellar. Hand-painted ceilings and custom moldings are scattered throughout.
All of these extras come included with the sale — and, to sweeten the deal even further, Schneider and his wife, 64-year-old Kerstin, are throwing in a black-colored stretch limo (housed in a custom-designed garage) that has its own satellite television.
“We use it for guests to ferry them around when they come to visit and … to go out to dinner,” Schneider says.
“We spent a tremendous time going over the details,” adds Schneider, adding the home, which he’s owned for about 16 years, took two years to plan, two years to build and an additional year to furnish. “We feel [the amenities] belong there — we feel like [they’re] part of the house.”
The property totals 16,017 square feet and has 250 feet of direct frontage on the Intracoastal Waterway and 111 feet on a deep-water canal. Also outside is an infinity pool with three heaters and a loggia with a woodburning pizza oven. This being Florida, the estate is also built of concrete and has hurricane-proof windows and doors.
After their mansion sells, the Schneiders will take with a few pieces of “personal” artwork with them to a condo they own in West Palm Beach.
Schneider predicts the ideal buyer will love all the extras. “I think it would be a detail-oriented person in the financial industry,” he adds.
Niki Higgins of Douglas Elliman has the listing.