A sprawling East Aurora estate once owned by former Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has sold for $1.15 million to a Florida doctor recently recruited to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, according to the listing agent.
The 6,800-square-foot mansion at 1304 Sweet Road, set on 32.8 acres, is being sold by Michael Penfold, who owns Kustom Workz, an auto-accessories company, and his wife, Nicole, said Marie Adams-Rutkowski, an agent with Realty USA who represented the seller.
Daneen Vincent of Gurney Becker & Bourne represented the buyer, whom Adams-Rutkowski declined to identify.
"I am very excited. It was an honor for the Penfolds to select me," Adams-Rutkowski said.
Bledsoe, whose three-year tenure with the Bills did not live up to the sky-high expectations of fans, bought the property in 2002 for $900,000.
Drew and Maura Bledsoe bought the mansion from Donna Wier, wife of Thaddeus "Todd" Wier Jr., who pleaded guilty with his brother, Michael, in 1998 to defrauding as many as 1,000 investors out of millions of dollars in a penny-stock scam, according to previous Buffalo News reports.
In 2005, the Bledsoes sold the property for $900,000 to the Penfolds, who put more than $1 million into the mansion and grounds.
Their improvements include a custom bridge built over the private lake on the property, a stable-like Morton Building and a cabana house, Adams-Rutkowski said.
The six-bedroom, six-bathroom French country-style mansion is No. 3 among homes listed for sale in the area, based on acreage, and No. 17 in asking price, she said.
It has a four-car detached garage and a guest house with another multicar garage.
The house even has its own website: www.1304sweet-road.com.
The property attracted a lot of interest, with offers from four people, including a pro hockey player, a Synacor executive and a member of a prominent Williamsville family, Adams-Rutkowski said.
The parties have signed contracts, and the sale is expected to close next month.
Adams-Rutkowski wouldn't say anything about the winning bidder other than that he is a prominent recent hire by Roswell Park.
"It was a big deal for him to come to Roswell," she said.