Spreckels Mansion Sold to Investors

"Jonah just couldn't come back in the house," said real estate agent.

By Sarah Grieco
|  Monday, Oct 31, 2011  |  Updated 5:06 PM PDT
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The Spreckels mansion, a landmark in one of San Diego's most exclusive neighborhoods, has been purchased by an investment group, according to real estate agent Scott Aurich.

Pharmaceutical company executive Jonah Shacknai approached Aurich earlier this month and asked him to find someone to buy the Coronado home located at 1043 Ocean Blvd. The deal for the 12,750 sq. ft. mansion was finalized this weekend.

“It was a manner of Jonah just couldn't come back in the house," Aurich said.

In July, Shacknai’s son Max fell down the stairs and died as a result of an injured spinal cord. Two days after the fall, Shacknai’s girlfriend Rebecca Zahau was found hanging nude by a rope around her neck from the second-story balcony above the home's courtyard. The death was later ruled a suicide by officials.

The group who purchased the Spreckels mansion has one local investor, who Aurich would not disclose. He also would not identify the total number of investors or the amount investors paid for the mansion.

The 12-room, 11-bathroom house is currently listed at $14.5 million. Aurich said Shacknai originally purchased the historic mansion for $12.75 million.

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