Spreckels Mansion to Be Listed for $16.9 Million Soon—Same as in 2005

Scott Aurich of Pacific Sotheby's International Realty says century-old home has been renovated.

The historic Spreckels mansion, scene of the mysterious Shacknai/Zahau deaths in 2011, will be on the market again soon, it was reported Tuesday.

The home at 1043 Ocean Blvd. is expected to be listed within the next four to six weeks for the asking price of $16.9 million, real estate broker Scott Aurich of Pacific Sotheby's International Realty told U-T San Diego.

By coincidence, $16.9 million is the same price asked in June 2005, according to a U-T column by Roger Showley.

In June 2011, Patch reported an investment group had bought the home from Jonah Shacknai and would list it for sale for $14.5 million.

In July 2011, millionaire Shacknai's 6-year-old son, Max, was severely injured in a second-story fall while under the supervision of Shacknai's girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau. Two days later, while Max remained hospitalized, Zahau was found bound and hanging from the mansio’s balcony.

Authorities ruled her death a suicide.

Max was pronounced dead in a San Diego hospital five days after his fall.

Shacknai’s ex-wife and Max’s mother, Dina Shacknai, has publicly questioned authorities’ assertion that Max’s death was an accident. She formally requested the investigation into Max’s death be reopened, but authorities denied the request.

Following the deaths, Jonah Shacknai, CEO and founder of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp. in Arizona, entered a deal with a group of investors to renovate the 12,750-square-foot house for resale. The terms of that deal were never released.

Aurich told U-T San Diego the recently completed renovations include a new roof on the main house, exterior paint, refurbished wood flooring and upgrades to several rooms, including the master bedroom and kitchen.

Shacknai bought the 10-bedroom, 9.5-bath Spreckels Mansion in March 2007 for $12.75 million, the newspaper reported.

The mansion was built more than 100 years ago by architect Harrison Albright for San Diego luminary John D. Spreckels. It includes a main house and two auxiliary residences.

The power-broker industrialist, who made his initial fortune in shipping and sugar refineries, moved to Coronado with his family in 1908 and was known as the wealthiest man in the San Diego area in the early 20th century.

At various times, Spreckels, who died in 1926 at age 72, owned the Hotel Del Coronado, all of North Island, the San Diego-Coronado Ferry System, Union- Tribune Publishing Co., San Diego & Arizona Railway and Belmont Park in Mission Beach.

Spreckels also built several notable downtown buildings, including the Union Building in 1908, the Spreckels Theatre in 1913, the San Diego Hotel and the Golden West Hotel.

Showley also wrote in 2005:

Spreckels’ widow, Ellie, who remarried in 1947, remodeled the home that year. By 1975, after several years of being vacant, the house was sold for $275,000 to Dave Gillingham, now a Palm Desert resident, who made numerous improvements and upgrades before selling it in 1979.

The home sold in 1986 for less than $1.7 million, Showley said.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Shacknai is a liar March 20, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Ken Stone- Please get the facts straight, the facts will make the difference. Dina Shacknai has asked the CPD and the Coronado City council but has failed to take it any further. Rebecca Zahau who was at home of the time of Max's fall was not supervising him, she was living and he happened to be living there too. Her family has never gave up fighting to reopen her case but thus far has been denied. Also an interesting fact you skipped over was that Jonah Shacknai NEVER sold the property as claimed. Jonah Shacknai owns the mansion eventhough that was the excuse given why he could not let Zahau investigators access to the house. This entire story has been one slight bit and sometimes outright bag of misinformation and the people of Coronado and San Diego county have the right to know the killer they call neighbor."
Tripp March 20, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Blood on the ground. Shacknai hopes to cash in at a profit.
Tripp March 20, 2013 at 09:42 AM
Hey Jonah! If you donate the house on Ocean Blvd. to the City of Coronado we will have our police department look the other way on your murdered girlfriend. What do you mean too late we already agreed to that?
Patty Dwinson-Kale March 20, 2013 at 09:44 AM
Ken, This article seems to suck up to Shacknai. Two people died and Rebecca Zahau's family and most of the public believe wholeheartedly she was murdered. Please respect those that know the truth about the money grubbing murdering Shacknai family.
roger March 20, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Did Jonah improve the mysterious faulty security system from July 2011?
Tripp March 20, 2013 at 09:48 AM
Maybe Jonah can buy another historically significant home in a different beautiful location and proceed to destroy with a passion.
Tripp March 20, 2013 at 09:50 AM
Banish Shacknai! Leave him to the low-cost-of-living desert to rot!
Tripp March 20, 2013 at 09:51 AM
And when agent says the home has since received a top-to-bottom renovation they mean: Jonah Shacknai was inexplicably provided copies of both Rebeccca's murder and Max's accident sherriff's office 'investigation' files. He used those files as a check list and proceeded to rennovate from the top of the possible evidence list to the bottom.
Jack Bilteer March 20, 2013 at 09:53 AM
What the Hell? The home isn't even on the market and its getting all this free press? What do I have to do, kill someone and get away with murder to get a huge pre-sale write-up done on it? Notice how the author mentions absolutely nothing about the fact that everyone know that woman was murdered! This article is a joke unless corrected!
Xspo March 20, 2013 at 09:55 AM
I wonder what percentage of the proceeds go to the William Gore re-election campaign or did he already get his cut of The Coronado Murder Mansion.
Tripp March 20, 2013 at 09:56 AM
I decided long ago that I would rather stick up for Rebecca than hide my head in the sand and let the crazy filler-faced Shacknai family get away with this murder. I don't know Mack, but I do know Shacknai and they can and will rot in hell on earth.
Alison Rice March 20, 2013 at 09:58 AM
I don't know Mack either but if wanting truth, justice, and the system held accountable is crazy then call me crazy too. I hope Satan has the fires turned up especially hot for the Shacknais. The man said he sold the mansion years ago because he couldn't stand the pain of being attached to it. Now we find out he wasn't in that much pain and hopes to profit off his son and girlfriend's death. Jonah Shacknai is the lowest form of life and so are those that help him profit from this. The Shacknais are the crazy ones FoC.
Yes Sir March 20, 2013 at 09:59 AM
@Allison, Don't rag on Shacknai too hard. Jonah has to make a profit off the Coronado Mansion of Death to pay off all those he bribed to stay out of jail. I bet he cashed in on huge life insurance policies on the dead too. Why not make a quick buck off other people's blood, not like the dead need it.
Yes Sir March 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Figures that Scott Aurich has no problem taking blood money.
Yes Sir March 20, 2013 at 10:01 AM
Ken Stone whats up with the one sided story? Did this come straight from the Shacknai PR team or did you add anything of your own?
Tripp March 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM
The family money? The Shacknai's were not Coronadians. They tried to buy in with their psycho-social problems. Carry your bags of money Jonah from the desert to the beach. Jonah made his children live in the desert so that he could make big profits.
Razr March 20, 2013 at 10:04 AM
$17 Million seems like a lot for death and bad karma. $10.5 Million max but only if it comes with the same deal the Sheriff's department.
Jennifer Corbin March 20, 2013 at 10:07 AM
How sad that even Jonah Shacknai's closest supporters think the only reason anyone could be with him is because of his money. No wonder he has to sell his murder mansion for a profit. The clown looking fool needs every dime to buy support and male hookers by the hour.
Diana March 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Investigators called Max's death an accident and Zahau's a suicide, but Max's mother and Zahau's family have both called the deaths suspicious. Re-investigate both cases now.
Kimcho March 20, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Aurich the ever slimy scumbag is claiming nobody actually died in the home. Stating Max died in the hospital a week later. He also tells people Rebecca's death was a simple suicide in the yard. He sounds like the disgusting real estate agent you want selling your haunted death mansion.
Gretchen R March 20, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Hopefully he will never be able to get rid of it like the guilt of what he has done. Shame on San Diego Police Department for letting this guy get away with murder. Bound, gagged, and naked will never be a suicide.
Gretchen R March 20, 2013 at 06:36 PM
It will be haunted.
Gretchen R March 20, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Haunted just like the pathetic man selling it.
Rob Estrada March 20, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Why is this news? The home isn't even on the market for another two months and there are much nicer homes for less cost in the area. Other than the blood on the walls this is just another very old house being sold for way too much.
Cribbage March 21, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Just what I always wanted, a two story mansion. This mansion the true story (Woman publicly murdered gagged, bound, beaten, hung and left nude then blamed for her own death) and of course the lie story told by its frozen faced owner.
Tripp March 21, 2013 at 04:36 AM
The Monster's Murder Mansion aka Jonah's House of Horrors.
No Greater Fool March 21, 2013 at 02:04 PM
The Greater Fool theory holds that people pay unrealistic amounts for real estate hoping to sell it to a Greater Fool in the future. In this case, there is no greater fool who would pay 16.9 million for a house that sold for less than 1.7 million in 1986. Add to that, the house is a murder scene whose owner obviously did a makeover to cover it up. When couples buy a house, the woman makes the decision and the guy goes along. No woman will want that house.
Laker's fan March 22, 2013 at 04:03 AM
I wonder how stupid the new owner would feel when a new investigation reveals the previous owner viciously murdered his own son and girlfriend? Good luck re-selling that property. The next owner will be stuck with ghost and bad karma for eternity.
Ray Cakel March 27, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Three questions - What kind of demented person sells the house for profit where his child and girlfriend met an early suspicious demise? Who buys a house where two people meet an early suspicious demise? Are there no other homes for sale where death isn't the main selling point?
Tripp March 27, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Sicko Aurich acts like the murder adds to the mystique of the historical home. WHAT A PIG!


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