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Pass-a-Grille home sells for $8.2M – St. Pete Beach’s largest-ever home sale

Veronica Brezina



The residence at 2701 Sunset Way in St. Pete Beach. All photos have been provided by Donna Miller with Coldwell Banker Realty.

The nearly 5,000-square-foot home at 2701 Sunset Way in St. Pete Beach has sold in a historic $8.2 million sale. 

Located on a secluded corner lot in Pass-a-Grille, the three-story home belonged to Richard and Jill Cope. Richard Cope is the former CEO of Arvida Realty Corp. The Copes have multiple properties and previously sold property to ConnectWise Co-founder and former CEO Arnie Bellini. 

A heated pool.

The Pass-a-Grille beachfront estate was on the market for less than a day. 

“This is the highest price single-family home ever sold in St. Pete Beach per square foot,” said Donna Miller with Coldwell Banker Realty. Miller represented the Copes. 

The price per square foot breaks down to $1,645.

The living room features a Chihuly glass art chandelier, a wet bar, and custom ceilings displaying mother of pearl. 

Inside the three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom home, it boasts Jerusalem Gold limestone and bamboo floors throughout the rooms. Images of the home reveal features such as a Chihuly glass art chandelier and a spiral staircase that encircles a see-thru glass/bronze elevator.

A see-thru glass/bronze elevator.

There’s an oversized living room with custom ceilings incorporating mother of pearl. The living room has a wet bar with a wine chiller and a separate media area with a gas fireplace. The home also features a fitness room and a heated pool. 

The home at 2701 Sunset Way in St. Pete Beach. It’s located on a secluded corner lot in Pass-a-Grille.

The home was built in 2007. The Copes bought the property several years ago for nearly $5.26 million. 

Dania Perry with Century 21 represented the buyer, who wished not to be named. 

An aerial of the side of the estate. The Don CeSar can be seen in the distance.

“This home is unique with the level of detail. It’s very hard to find such a custom home for sale,” Perry said. 

The buyer toured the home before it was listed on the market. 

Perry said the buyers were immediately interested and the property will now become their vacation home. 

The gourmet kitchen has a butler’s pantry and custom cabinets. The spiral staircase can be seen in the corner.

“The Copes did beautiful finishes in the master bedroom. It used to be divided, but they expanded it to include an office. They used it as one big room and it created amazing views,” Perry said, adding how they’ve made other improvements as ceiling installations and landscaping. 

The master bedroom.



An aerial of the beachfront home.

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    November 7, 2021at7:41 pm


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    November 6, 2021at7:39 am

    Somebody’s not paying enough in taxes if they can afford $8.2m vacation home.

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    Jill Cope

    November 3, 2021at8:04 pm

    Thanks to Diana Interlante for her full service landscaping, irrigation, pest control and overall decorating abilities! She made this hose, driveway to pool!! Thanks Diana❤️

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