This Palm Beach mansion sold after a 36% price chop

Estate of Robert Tomsich, who founded appliance maker company, and his wife sold the property

151 Via Bellaria, Chris Leavitt and Jim McCann

151 Via Bellaria, Chris Leavitt and Jim McCann

A Palm Beach mansion that hit the market last October for $24 million has sold, but at a sharp discount.

The Tomsich family sold their estate at 151 Via Bellaria to the chairman of Alliant Insurance for $15.4 million. The closing price followed another reduction in February, when the 13,826-square-foot home was chopped to $17 million.

It’s the latest of a number of ultra-high-end residential sales to close in Palm Beach this summer. The $105 million sale of 1295 South Ocean Boulevard in June marked a new record for the most expensive single-family home sale in the town. And earlier this month, the former estate of convicted fraudster and developer Robert Matthews sold for $30.2 million to Vahan and Danielle Gureghian, a couple who run a charter school business.

For the Via Bellaria sale, property records show the buyer was Peter Worth of Alliant Insurance Services. Worth joined Alliant when his company, American Benefits Consulting, an employee benefits consulting firm, was acquired by Newport Beach, California-based Alliant in 2015.

The estate of Robert J. Tomsich, founder and chairman of Nesco Inc., a small food appliance maker, and Suzanne Tomsich sold the non-waterfront home. Robert Tomsich died in August 2018. The couple, native to Cleveland and longtime residents of Palm Beach, were also philanthropists, most recently giving $2 million to create an endowment fund to Cleveland Clinic Florida, which renamed its West Palm Beach facility after them in 2017.

The five-bedroom mansion sold for $1,115 per square foot. It sits on a 1.14-acre lot. Jim McCann of Premier Estate Properties was the listing agent, according to Zillow.
The Palm Beach property features gardens, two two-car garages, a master suite and separate cabana. It last sold in 1998 for $5.5 million.

Chris Leavitt of Douglas Elliman represented the buyer. He declined to comment.

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