A stunning Florida mansion built specially for ABBA has been put up for sale, complete with a stereo, cassettes, recording equipment and memorabilia belonging to the internationally renowned pop quartet.
The sprawling $3.9million home was designed in a Swedish longhouse style by the Euro-superstars themselves and was built in 1982, just before the band officially broke up in December of the same year and eight years after they shot to fame following Eurovision success with their iconic tune ‘Waterloo’.
Bandmates and former married couples Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are believed to have lived in the house for around four years, despite both pairs breaking up in 1979 and 1981 respectively.
The house was purchased from the band in 1986 by a unnamed couple, who lived there until they passed away earlier this year, allowing the historic home to be relisted on the market.
Incredibly, original ABBA recording equipment and tapes remain – completely untouched – inside the home.
Listing agent Lisa Farmer, with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, said: ‘We found the architect and spoke to him on the phone. He said he was in a trailer on the site before the home was built with both couples, all four members of the band, face to face, designing the home.
‘At the time, he didn’t realise it was ABBA until a few days later when he got a call from a reporter in London who apparently got wind of it.
‘He said he met with two Swedish couples and that’s how he found out it was ABBA.’
Farmer continued: ‘What’s super cool is there were some things left behind in the house [from the band]. There’s some stereo equipment that the people who bought the house never even used.
‘It’s in this one area where [ABBA] might have done some recording. There’s an actual ABBA cassette that was left inside the cassette player.’
The sprawling $3.9million home was designed in a Swedish Long House style by the Euro-superstars themselves and was built in 1982
Bandmates and married couples Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad are believed to have lived in the house for around four years before relationship issues exacerbated by their ever-increasing levels of fame caused them to split
The listing agent claimed the band’s neighbours in the 80s talked about how they would see the popstars in the backyard playing volleyball in the pool (pictured)
The house, which has been put up for sale in Florida, comes complete with a stereo, cassettes, recording equipment and memorabilia belonging to the internationally renowned pop quartet
Picture taken in 1974 in Stockholm shows the Swedish pop group Abba with its members (L-R) Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus posing after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with their song ‘Waterloo’
The mansion’s beautiful pool deck is pictured outside the ‘Florida room’ extension
Each wing of the house has a master bedroom as well as two smaller sleeping rooms (pictured)
The Swedish longhouse style pad features an open living space with a long corridor and two identical wings on either side, each with a master suite, loft area and two bedrooms with a jack-and-jill bathroom.
Property listings say the house has a huge community space with two-story vaulted ceilings which include a large, imported stone fireplace, kitchen, dining space and ‘Florida room’ extension overlooking the pool deck.
Recent upgrades to the property include a new roof with skylights, battery-ready solar panels, three-zone HVAC system, renovated guest baths, and a fresh paint job.
The house is located in the small island community of Tierra Verde, which overlooks the entrance to Tampa Bay.
Farmer said of the home: ‘[The band] specifically requested a Swedish longhouse design. It’s got a really neat central, common living area that’s big and open with a really nice stone fireplace.
‘What’s kind of unique is that the two wings on both sides of the house are exactly identical and symmetrical.
‘From what I understand, they wanted to build two kitchens also, but apparently permitting wouldn’t allow that.
‘The space where they were going to do the other smaller kitchen in became a half-bath and laundry room.
‘The layout of the home is pretty special and just makes for a great house for somebody who would like to entertain or has a big family.’
The communal living space is huge. A large stone fireplace sits the centre amid a variety of lavish furniture
A large office sits on an upper floor of the mansion overlooking the stone fireplace with ABBA memorabilia, a stereo and old cassettes sitting just out of view
A unit containing ABBA memorabilia, stereo system, recording equipment and old ABBA records and cassettes is seen behind the chair
A large glass dining table is surrounded eight chairs in the communal living area
The Swedish longhouse style pad features an open living space with a long corridor and two identical wings on either side, each with three bedrooms
The house is located in the small island community of Tierra Verde, which overlooks the entrance to Tampa Bay
The 4,527-square-foot home in Tierra Verde, Florida, was long believed to be the band’s home but for decades its ownership was not confirmed.
The band’s fans and internet sleuths have in recent years published thousands of theories about the home’s ownership online, but the longstanding rumours were proved to be true when the architect who worked on the project and a journalist confirmed he had designed the house alongside the megastars.
The group’s financial manager, John Spaulding, is also named on the original deed for the house.
Farmer said: ‘It’s a fact now. I knew it was real. The children of the current owners knew it was real. The neighbours knew it was real, but talking to the architect was the final fact.
‘I think it would be pretty cool for somebody to own a property with that kind of past and history.’