The home of legendary William “Bill” Haast goes on the market for $ 2.5 million
Internationally-recognized pioneer of venom production for venom research and Florida icon, William “Bill” Haast and his wife Nancy came to this plot of land in secluded eastern Punta Gorda in 1990. Haast’s life’s work led science deeper into researching how snake venom might help cure many of the world’s ills. “It was truly his religion”, says historian Cesar Becerra, who interviewed Haast. “At the time he was 92 years old, and didn’t look older than 70. The hundreds of bites he suffered, including one from a blue krait that almost killed him, seemed to be an energy source and give him life.” Bill Haast passed away of natural causes in 2011 at the age of 100, a testament to his hunch that the powerful toxins he once controversially injected to build up immunity might have the power to protect and heal.
Public interest always followed Bill Haast and on this property crews from PBS Nature, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, Jack Hannah’s Animal Adventures, the Crocodile Hunter and others filmed their documentaries and were narrated by such notables as Margaux Hemingway, Jack Hannah, Brady Barr, George Page and Steve Irwin.
The beautifully groomed Haast property, developed by the renowned builder Tim Towles, includes a 3,151-square-foot home (3 bedrooms, 2 baths) extravagant master bathroom completely covered from wall to wall with Brazilian granite and glass wall which seamlessly brings the outdoor into view, featuring a central indoor 40-foot pool under cathedral ceiling, as well as an air-conditioned three car garage, a 3,386-square-foot commercial building, guest house and 4 stall horse stable.
Situated only about 11 miles to the airport, 13 miles to Fishermen’s Village, City of Punta Gorda, marinas and a golf course makes it an extraordinary location.