Buy an ocean view Malibu home and get a Ferrari F40 as a bonus
The listing was spotted by Michael Gardner, Prudential Malibu Realty, who keeps the pulse on the Malibu realty scene with his blog, themaliburealestateblog.com.
For the uninitiated, the Ferrari F40 is the top-of-the-line mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe that Ferrari produced from 1987 to 1992. It was considered the world's fastest street-legal car in production (it broke 200 mph) and during the years it was produced, it was Ferrari's most powerful, fastest -- and most expensive car. It debuted with a price tag of $470,000 -- although some buyers paid as much as $1.6 million to be the first on their block with a F40 parked in the driveway.
The driveway this one is parked in comes with five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, Swarovski crystal chandeliers, parking for 13 cars, lots of high-end features and lots of lion statues. It's a relative bargain for the neighborhood. The house across the street is listed at $50 million.
Throwing in bonuses to encourage bids on a home is nothing new in the current real estate market. Home sellers have offered everything from round-trip tickets to Hawaii to timeshare stays as incentives. In one case, a gift card at the local furniture store to help with decorating was offered. Even builders jumped on the bandwagon and threw in free kitchen appliance upgrades for their tract developments. And yes, a few cars were added to sweeten the deal -- but nothing even close to a F40 that goes zero to 60 in 3.8 seconds.
As a condition to receive the car, the house must be sold by June 30. An open house to see the property (and the car) is being held.