Former home of Aymer Vinoy Laughner, who built St. Pete’s Vinoy Hotel, is now for sale


The former home of wealthy Pennsylvania oilman Aymer Vinoy Laughner, who built the historic Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, is now on the market.

Located just three blocks from the hotel, at 756 Bay St. NE, the Craftsman home was built in 1910, and since been modernized with plenty of upgrades. The 3,654-square-foot home comes with a total of 4 bedrooms, and 6 bathrooms, as well as a detached guest house.

The house, which was a former bed and breakfast, also features 3 porches, 4 gas fireplaces, and a heated and chilled swimming pool.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the home was built for Laughner as a winter getaway, and is reportedly the very spot where legendary golfer Walter Hagen bet the oil tycoon he could smack a ball off his pocket watch without breaking the glass. If he did, wherever the ball landed was where Laughner would have to build a new golf course, which is why we now have the famed Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club just a few blocks away. Thanks, Hagen!

The asking price is $1,500,000, and the listing agents are Sharon Kantner and Brian Waechter of Smith & Associates Real Estate.

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