Former Anheuser-Busch Estate in Fort Lauderdale Asks $19.25 Million

Anheuser-Busch Estate
Photo: Captured Moments By Buddy Mountcastle

From the Anheuser-Busch family to a Canadian TV star, this historic Florida retreat has seen its share of celebrity owners.

Known as Manga Reva, the palatial Fort Lauderdale estate was built by Adolphus Busch III, then president and chief executive of Anheuser-Busch, in 1938. Situated on the Intracoastal Waterway, this 14,000-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired home has been in the hands of Michael Wekerle, a Canadian banker and reality-television celebrity, since 2014. According to listing agent Ruchel Coetzee, Wekerle recently decided to part with the home due to pandemic-related travel restrictions.

The eight-bedroom and nine-bathroom home, designed for the brewing dynasty by architect Francis Abreu, was also featured in some scenes in the 1960 comedy Where the Boys Are, a film about a raucous spring break in Fort Lauderdale.

While many original details—stone columns, inlaid wooden floors, decorative tilework, and a huge Banyan tree—remain, the home's bathrooms and electrical systems have all been updated. Bold, modern flourishes like the bright-red billiards room were the work of Wekerle.

Manga Reva is currently listed by Douglas Elliman for a cool $19.25 million. Wekerle's art collection, which is valued between $2.5 million and $3 million, is also for sale.

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Palatial Foyer

Anheuser-Busch Estate Foyer
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A winding staircase and a towering wrought-iron chandelier set a dramatic tone right off the bat.

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Formal Living Room

Anheuser-Busch Estate Formal Living Room
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Original inlaid wooden floors are the highlight of spacious living room, though the elaborate coffered ceiling is certainly a close second.

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Chef's Kitchen

Anheuser-Busch Estate Kitchen
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You'll find the generously appointed chef's kitchen right off the foyer.

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Entertainer's Paradise

Anheuser-Busch Estate Living
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This multi-purpose room enjoys easy access to the oversize lap pool.

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Waterfront Living

Anheuser-Busch Estate Bedroom
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Views of the water from every window? Yes, please!

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Main Bathroom

Anheuser-Busch Estate Bathroom
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Even the main bathroom has views of the water.

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Gazebo

Anheuser-Busch Estate Gazebo
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This ornate gazebo is the epitome of sophisticated outdoor dining.

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Backyard Oasis

Anheuser-Busch Estate Pool
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The backyard boasts a decorative piazza, an oversized lap pool, a jacuzzi with sculptured fountain, and an amphitheater stage—all just steps from the Intercostal Waterway.

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