Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sells Key West House for $3 Million to Buyers Who Say The Pirate Theme is ‘Exactly Our Style’

by Chris Haney

Recently, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife sold their pirate-themed home in Key West for $3 million.

The historic Florida home went on the market around a year ago for $3.7 million. Although the Earnhardts didn’t get their asking price, they still got more than the original $2.4 million Dale Jr. paid for it in 2009.

Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty owner and broker Bob Cardenas handled the listing, and also represented the buyer.

“This is their very first house ever,” Cardenas said to the Miami Herald about the buyers.

The historic home sits in Key West’s Old Town at 708 Eaton St. and dates back to 1863. The 0.2-acre lot consists of the main house, which boasts five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. Additionally, it includes a one-bedroom guest house on the other side of the property.

Details of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Pirate-Themed Florida Home

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pirate-themed Key West home has some unique features that made the former NASCAR driver jump at the opportunity to own it. According to Cardenas, when he realized he could jump from the second floor to the 14-foot deep pool, he couldn’t turn it down.

“There’s nothing else like it,” Cardenas explained. “It has a gate on the second floor and you can jump out of the second floor balcony off the master bedroom and jump into the pool. When he saw that he said ‘I’ll buy it.’ ”

One of the main features of the 3,306-square-foot home is the pirate-themed kitchen. It has rope-covered columns and a ship’s wheel at the end of the bar, which gives you the feel of being on a pirate ship.

“He wanted a pirate theme so he took the kitchen and renovated it,” Cardenas said.

Ocean Sotheby’s listing shared that the Key West home is “steeped in a rich and mysterious history.”

In addition, the agency says it comes “complete with a secret hidden hatch door to observe people in the parlor.”

However, not every buyer loved the pirate theme, and some even said they planned on renovating the historic home. Supposedly the first-time home owners love it just the way it is.

“They said ‘no, this is exactly our style, we love it and we’re not going to change a thing,’ ” Cardenas said. “They shared Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s passion for pirates and his kind of unusual design.”