Barbara Walters’ Florida home sold after dementia diagnosis


The Florida retreat that Barbara Walters purchased in 2014 — the same year she announced her retirement — was put on the market shortly after her dementia diagnosis took a turn for the worst.

Walters, a broadcast media legend who passed away at age 93 just before the new year, purchased the three-bedroom, four-bath waterfront condo in Naples for $3.4 million.

Two years later, in April 2016, she transferred the unit to her adopted daughter, Jaqueline Dena Guber, records obtained by The Post show.

Guber, 54, then listed the home three months later for $6.78 million.

The home spent time on and off the market until September 2018, when it sold for $5.35 million.

Barbara Walters with daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber.
Barbara Walters with her daughter, Jacqueline Dena Guber.
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The ninth-floor unit sold in 2018 for 	$5.35 million.
The ninth-floor unit sold in 2018 for $5.35 million.
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The living room.
The living room.
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The kitchen.
The kitchen.
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“It was supposed to be her place to retreat, but unfortunately her health deteriorated pretty quickly in the last few years and we just knew she would best be accommodated in New York,” a source told The Post.

Spanning more than 4,500 square feet, the unit features a den, two primary suites, and a designer kitchen with a marbled waterfall-edge counter and a marble backsplash.

That kitchen comes with a six-burner gas cooktop, two wall ovens, a warming drawer, a full butler’s pantry with an additional dishwasher and a wine fridge, the previous listing notes.

A second primary suite.
A second primary suite.
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The walk-in closet and sitting room in one of the primary suites.
The walk-in closet and sitting room in one of the primary suites.
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Another shot of a primary suite inside.
Another shot of a primary suite.
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One of four bathrooms.
One of four bathrooms.
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The primary ensuite bathrooms boast dual vanities, natural stone flooring, a walk-in closet and sitting rooms.

Known as the Moraya Bay, the luxe building has a concierge service, a private beach club, a large state-of-the-art fitness center and full security.

Meanwhile, in New York City, Walters had lived in the same Upper East Side apartment overlooking Central Park since 1989.

Barbara Walters has lived at 944 5th Ave since 1989.
Barbara Walters had lived at 944 Fifth Ave. since 1989.
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In late 2017, Walters was diagnosed with dementia and it progressed quickly.

She spent the final years of her life isolated in her home, wheelchair bound.

“Barbara Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones. She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists, but for all women,” representative Cindi Berger said in a statement.



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