Today host Kathie Lee Gifford is asking $10.5 million for a Key Largo, Florida home that she bought in 1998 with husband Frank Gifford. In a club neighborhood that has everything from a choice of dog parks to golf and medical care, it is surprising that Kathie ever goes back to her New York TV job.
Located in the Ocean Reef Club at the northernmost part of Key Largo, Kathie’s home is convenient to Miami, Coconut Grove and exploration of the Florida Keys. A small island community unto itself, the Ocean Reef Club has been an exclusive getaway for the wealthy since its inception in 1948 as a fishing camp until it became the Ocean Reef Club in 1993. Today, it is home to two 8-hole championship golf courses, a tidal swimming lagoon and pool, a marina, fire station and fully staffed medical center. There is also a landing strip, a flying club, restaurants ranging from casual to formal and specialty shops. Pet owners have access to two dog parks – one for dogs under 25 pounds and the other for larger dogs. A veterinarian is also on hand.
Kathie Lee and husband, former New York Giants star and NFL TV announcer Frank Gifford. bought the new waterfront house in 1998 for $3.9 million when their children were four and eight years old. The Giffords roamed freely about the community always engaging with the neighbors and always approachable. Frank had fans who would love to talk football and the whole family enjoyed taking advantage of many of the club’s amenities. This was the place they came with an entourage of family and friends to spend Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and Easter, which Kathie Lee has kept up much of that tradition since Frank died at age 84 in 2015.
At 11,400 square feet of air conditioned space, not counting the large screened and open areas for outdoor entertaining, the three-level house has eight bedrooms and eight baths with a main floor master suite, an elevator or stairs to the upper levels, a large and airy great room that opens seamlessly to a screened terrace with pool and spa and an outdoor kitchen convenient for romantic waterside dining. There is a custom kitchen with pantry, media room, private gym, formal dining area and multiple casual dining locations throughout. There is a five-car garage, fire pit, boat dock and space to entertain large groups, but the pièce de résistance is the stunning sunset views across Card Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Kathie Lee often talked about the sunset views on the Today show, also where the home was seen in 2013 when she did a remote segment from the estate.
With her children now grown and with careers of their own, Kathie Lee Gifford is selling her Key Largo waterfront vacation home, priced at $10.5 million. The listing agent is Roberta Watson of Watson Luxury Properties, Coral Reef Club, Key Largo, Florida.
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