CORONADO, Calif. – A local landmark opened its doors Thursday for the first time after two mysterious deaths.
After nearly two years and $2 million of renovations, the historic Spreckels Mansion is ready for a new owner.
“It stands like a grande dame of buildings on Coronado, right on the Seashore here,” executive director of the Coronado Historical Association Bruce Linder said. “This home was built by one of the most prominent people in Coronado History.”
Built in 1907 by John D. Spreckels, the estate has seen its fair share of history.
However nearly in July 2011 tragedy cast a shadow over the home.
Millionaire Jonah Shacknai’s girlfriend Rebcca Zahau was found hanging from a balcony and days earlier Shacknai’s son Max was fatally injured when he fell from the second story.
After a lengthy and controversial investigation, Zahau’s death was ruled a suicide and Max’s an accident.
Now the four bedroom, five bathroom home has been restored and it’s ready for a new owner.
“What’s happened here in the past is the past. It can’t be denied. It’s clear what happened,” Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Broker Scott Aurich said. “The house will be appreciated by someone who appreciates both history and location and what the house offers in terms of function.”
The mansion has been outfitted with new electrical wiring, plumbing, heating and air conditioning.
The kitchen and the master suite were expanded, the attic was converted into a media room, the three bedroom guesthouse was also updated and a pool was added.
The outside looks the same as it did 100 years ago, but the inside has been updated for a modern family.
Back then, the Spreckels would have had help in their kitchen and they wouldn’t have had a family room in their kitchen, but today our family is in our kitchen,” lead construction supervisor Caylee Pinsonneault said. “I want somebody to feel at home here.”
The mansion went on the market Tuesday and it’s listed at $16. 9 million.