It took a bit of sleuthing to make the connection to the pop music legends.
“We found the architect and spoke to him on the phone. He said he was in a trailer on the site before the home was built with both couples, all four members of the band, face to face, designing the home,” says listing agent Lisa Farmer, with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
“At the time, he didn’t realize it was ABBA until a few days later when he got a call from a reporter in London who apparently got wind of it,” Farmer continues. “He said he met with two Swedish couples and that’s how he found out it was ABBA.”
The unique 4,527-square-foot home was built in 1982 and met the needs of the two couples in the group, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, as well as Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
“They specifically requested a Swedish longhouse design, and that’s how it was designed. It’s got a really neat central, common living area that’s big and open with a really nice stone fireplace,” Farmer says. “What’s kind of unique is that the two wings on both sides of the house are exactly identical and symmetrical.”
Each wing includes a primary suite with a water view, a loft area, and two additional bedrooms with a shared bathroom.
While there are a total of six bedrooms, there’s only one kitchen area.
“From what I understand, they wanted to build two kitchens also, but apparently permitting wouldn’t allow that,” Farmer explains. “The space where they were going to do the other smaller kitchen in became a half-bath and laundry room.”
The foursome used the house for just a few years. After a string of chart-topping hits, the group stopped performing together the same year the house was built as intraband relationships collapsed.
A couple bought the home in 1986 and lived in it until they recently passed away. They didn’t change the house much after ABBA’s tenure, Farmer says.
“What’s super cool is there were some things left behind in the house from ABBA. There’s some stereo equipment that the people that bought it never removed. They never even used it. It’s in this one area where [ABBA] might have done some recording. There’s an actual ABBA cassette that was left inside the cassette player,” says Farmer.
In addition to the large living area and the two wings, there’s a large porch with a hot tub overlooking the pool. There’s also a boat dock with access to the Gulf of Mexico.
There are new solar panels on a new roof, but the home could use a few updates, a decor refresh, and perhaps some work to open up the kitchen.
“There are so many different options that somebody could do,” Farmer says. “The layout of the home is pretty special and just makes for a great house for somebody who would like to entertain or has a big family.”
It took a while to confirm the home’s connection to the group known for such hits as “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “Mamma Mia.”
Andante Music purchased the lot and the group’s financial manager, John Spaulding, is on the original deed.
“The neighbors have talked about how they would see them in the backyard and how they played volleyball in the pool,” Farmer says. “They were seen there.”
“It’s fact now. I knew it was real. The children of the current owners knew it was real. The neighbors knew it was real, but [talking to the architect] was the final fact,” Farmer says. “I think it would be pretty cool for somebody to own a property with that kind of past and history.”
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