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According to The Real Deal - Miami the $49 million sale of a waterfront mansion in Miaimi-Dade County ranks at No. 2 for the largest residential real estate transaction in the county. The estate was sold to trial lawyer John H. Ruiz by Benjamin Leon Jr. the founder of Leon Medical Centers. Ruiz's new digs are laid out to resemble a tropical resort. It was built in 2017 and was originally listed for $59.5 million. The $49 million closing price marks an 18 percent discount off the asking price. The current leader for highest sale amount logged a closing of $49.9 million in early 2019.

The 22,000-square-foot property, with nearly 18,000 square feet of interior space, features nine bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms, a guest house, eight-car garage, wine cellar, three swimming pools, and climate-controlled outdoor pavilion with a full kitchen and nine televisions, according to the listing. Architect Cesar Molina designed the mansion.

Mocca Realty, led by Alex Pirez, brokered both sides of the deal. It closed on April 9, according to the brokerage. Yvette Rivero was the listing agent and Diana Gutierrez brought the buyer. Mocca declined to comment on the buyer’s identity.

The sale is the largest residential deal to close in South Florida – and in the gated community of Gables Estates – during the coronavirus pandemic. Pharrell Williams recently paid $30 million for the waterfront home at 700 Casuarina Concourse in Coral Gables. Mocca Realty represented the singer-songwriter and producer in that deal.

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