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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Key West Pirate Home!

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s Key West Pirate Home!

Affectionately known by NASCAR fans as the Pied Piper of Daytona, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is much more than an award-winning, race-car driver, but also oversees a myriad of businesses that would exhaust most top business-school grads. One of his most successful new ventures is restoring historical Key West houses, preserving their original charm, adding modern features that make the homes comfortable and even introducing whimsical features. His latest work, designed with a hat tip to the island’s pirate days, is in the Old Town neighborhood near the Mallory Square and Duval Street shops, trendy bars, cool restaurants, parades and street entertainers - priced at $3.7 million.

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Having semi-retired in 2017 after 21 years as a full-time, stock-car driver and amassing 26 victories, Earnhardt still races occasionally between overseeing his businesses and restoring homes in Key West. Dale comes from a long line of NASCAR drivers from his grandfather, Ralph Earnhardt; his famous father, NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and other Earnhardt family relations also in the fast-cars business. He is owner of JR Motorsports, Hammerhead Entertainment, a signature line of eyeglass frames, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Buick-GMC-Cadillac. He also owns two Whiskey River Beer and Wings restaurants in North Carolina and is co-owner of an auto and truck-filter mail-supply company.

In 2018, Dale and his interior-designer wife, Amy, really got into the creative spirit in Key West finding old conch houses to restore. The first house they restored was recorded in a four-part reality TV series for DIY Network called Renovation Realities: Dale Jr. & Amy. On completion, the house sold in just days. Their second house has been completed and has recently been put on the market.

Built in 1863 during the Civil War and full of old Key West charm that has seen its share of the country’s history - the most southern city in the contiguous U. S. and an extended vacation town for presidents including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower - the Earnhardts’ latest project is quite large compared to most of the Key West homes at 3,306 square feet with five bedrooms and four baths. Deceptive in size from the gingerbread front entrance, the rooms retain most of the original architecture along with added pirate and nautical themes. Rope-wrapped columns, lots of wood, a ship’s wheel on the side of the large wrap-around bar in the kitchen and parrots sitting up in the rafters watching the goings on. On the second floor there is even a secret floor hatch that can be lifted to spy on the mates below. The swimming pool is huge by Key West standards over two fathoms deep. For non-pirates, that would be 14-feet, a perfect place to hone one’s scuba-diving skills. Across the cultivated-jungle garden is a guest house and above the pool on the second-story, wrap-around balcony is a gate where walking the plank into the water below is a real possibility. When the six-toed cat appears on the front porch, it can be easily returned to Ernest Hemmingway’s house down the street, and as a reward, stop by Sloppy Joes for a lazy-afternoon gin and tonic.

Dale, Jr. and Amy Earnhardt’s pirate-themed conch house whimsically speaks to Key West’s historical beginnings. Now for sale at $3.7 million, the house is listed with Bob and Debbie Cardenas of Ocean Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Key West, Florida.

Photo credit: Andre van Rensburg

Source: www.oceansir.com

Dale Earnhardt Jr's house in Key West: take the tour

(Image credit: Andre van Rensburg for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty)

Dale Earnhardt Jr's house in Key West has just sold for $3 million – less than the original asking price of $3.7 million. 

The professional stock car racing driver, author, and NASCAR analyst, Dale Earnhardt Jr is admired for his successful racing career which began at the turn of the millennium. He is also recognized as the son of the late Dale Earnhardt, who was equally victorious in the NASCAR world until he was tragically killed while racing in 2001. 

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In recent years, the esteemed racing driver and his wife, interior designer Amy, renovated this nineteenth-century home. Together, the couple exposed the property's charismatic architectural features, including a secret hatch door in the parlor. 

(Image credit: Andre van Rensburg for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty)

Dale Jr and Amy renovated all 3,300 square feet of the home, including its five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, sitting room, and a large living suite. The Earnhardts also decided to pay tribute to Florida's coastal heritage in their kitchen – filling the space with nautical-themed furnishings and accessories. 

(Image credit: Andre van Rensburg for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty)

The exterior pays further homage to the sunshine state – boasting one of the largest domestic pools in Key West, which is crowned with towering palm trees and fairy lights.  

(Image credit: Andre van Rensburg for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty)

The garden is filled with an array of wicker furniture where homeowners and guests can unwind from dawn until dusk amid this coastal kingdom. There is also a further guest house in the garden where visitors can sleep and bathe in a private living space.

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The sale was held by Bob Cardenas and Matt Carlson of Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty.

(Image credit: Andre van Rensburg for Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty)

Fans of Dale Jr and Amy may already be aware of the couple's passion for properties, as their separate Key West renovation appeared on Renovation Realities: Dale Jr & Amy, a four-part TV series in 2018. 

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Despite their investment in these properties, the couple's main home is a 12,000 square property in Mooresville, North Carolina. This estate is complete with 200 acres of land, which gives the Earnhardts plenty of private time in the East Coast sun. 

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants. 

Intimidator Legacy. How the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr.

changed motorsports

One of the greatest tragedies in NASCAR history is 20 years old, but Dale Earnhardt's legacy is still felt today... present in the stands, stood up and raised three fingers up. The mechanics in the pit lane and all the other team members did the same. Fans perform such a ritual every year, as a rule, on their own initiative. But this year, the race was held on the anniversary of the death of Dale Earnhardt, the NASCAR legend who drove car number 3. Therefore, everyone present on the track that day paid tribute to the memory. nine0004

Three years before Daytona in 2001, Dale Earnhardt finally won the Great Five Hundred. Despite seven won titles, for 23 years he could not conquer this peak. And only in 1998, Earnhardt was able to be on the alley of winners in the Daytona 500.

Dale Earnhardt accepts congratulations on winning the 1998 Daytona 500Photo: ISC Archives/CQ-Roll Call Group via Getty Images

Daytona bad years are over, but on the whole Earnhardt has always been good at super speedways. He, like no one else, understood the specifics of the air flow in racing on such tracks. He was often criticized for his uncompromising style of wrestling, but at the same time, thanks to this, the "Intimidator", as he was nicknamed in NASCAR, earned a huge army of fans. nine0004

“Earnhardt had the image of being one of the toughest guys in NASCAR, always ready to push his opponent when needed. The Intimidator was the best in stock car racing,” said Canadian journalist Gordon Kirby in 2012.

Fans and teams pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt on the third lap of the 2021 Daytona 500Photo: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images

2000 was a tragic year for NASCAR. Young talented riders Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin Jr. and Tony Roper died. But despite their deaths, the riders were dismissive of the new security measures. During practice and on the day of the Daytona 500 in 2001, many pilots refused to use the Neck Protection System (HANS). The reasons were different - it is inconvenient, it makes it difficult to get out of the car in case of an accident, it reduces the visibility. And when Dale Earnhardt also refused to wear HANS, many expectedly followed suit. nine0004

His son joined the start with the seven-time champion. In qualifying, Dale Jr. was even faster, finishing sixth, while the older one showed the seventh time. The black Chevrolet Monte Carlo number 3 was in the lead for a total of 17 laps. And the closer to the finish line, the clearer it became that victory would elude Dale Sr. On the last lap of the race, two Dale Earnhardt Incorporated cars driven by Michael Waltrip and Dale Jr. slightly broke away from the rest and rushed to the finish line, and behind them a tragedy unfolded that would change the world of motorsport forever. nine0004

The checkered flag announced that Michael Waltrip had won his long-awaited victory, but at the same time, not far from the finish line, medics and rescuers tried to extract Earnhardt Sr. from his wrecked car. And in the evening, NASCAR President Mike Helton addressed the media, announcing the death of the seven-time champion.

A tragedy on the last lap of the 500 mile race led to a whole range of safety measures. And it is worth noting - very effective. There have been no fatalities in NASCAR's top three series since February 2001. nine0004

After Earnhardt's death, questions about the use of HANS and closed helmets were removed. According to Jeff Gordon, it was the neck protection system that saved his life in an accident in Las Vegas in 2008, when his car crashed into a wall at a right angle.

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Extensive research into the dissipation of energy during a crash resulted in safety barriers on all NASCAR ovals. Today we can meet them on other tracks, including the city Formula 1 track in Baku in the 13th and 19th-m turns.

In 2020, on the last lap of the same 500-mile race at Daytona, Ryan Newman had a terrible accident. His car made contact with another in a struggle for leadership, it turned around, hit the outer barrier, then Corey LaJoy crashed into him from the side of the pilot. The blow fell on the roll cage area, which actually saved Newman's life. A striking example of the effectiveness of such security measures was the fact that two days after the accident, Ryan was discharged from the hospital. nine0004

Here is the final lap of the Daytona 500 in which Ryan Newman's car was flipped at the line.

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In early 2001, Dale Earnhardt was considering retirement, but his passion for racing was as strong as ever. Dale Earnhardt Incorporated was one of the leaders, with Dale Jr. winning the Busch Series titles at 1998 and 1999, which promised a bright future.

Dale Earnhardt Incorporated cars lead the last laps of the 2001 Daytona 500 Photo: Brian Cleary/Getty Images

I end my career?

Everyone has their own time. Maybe I'm not at the peak of my form, but I'm still in the lead. I am ready to fight and not ready to give up, to hand over my flag. Some son of a bitch should take it from me,” Earnhardt Sr. said in an interview on Washington Post in 2000.

His career ended earlier than he wanted. But the Intimidator has made its mark on the world of motorsport in a way that few drivers have.

"It is impossible to forget this nightmare." Tragic Imola-1994 through the eyes of participants

Translated and adapted by: Alexander Evgrafov


The use of mixed spices and cider usually evokes thoughts of some kind of autumn or winter warmth - top, soaked and steamed. In Naga, however, in Washington, D.C., mixologist Galen Johnson thought of a cooler-weather restaurant menu and created a tantalizing drink that speaks of the cold season yet can be sipped with a rock.

Johnson starts with apple cider slowly brewed with roasted plums, rum and red wine, to which he adds spiced rum and homemade orange and tarragon bitters. It floats on top of Brut Champagne, serves the drink in a glass and finishes it off with an apple peel rosette. The result is a sweet, spicy and fruity blend that is reminiscent of sweater weather but pairs more easily with food than warmer sips. Johnson likes to serve it with Nage's Smoked Acorn Squash and Apple Soup with Maple Marshmallows, but he thinks it goes with any meal with an autumnal twist. nine0004

The name of the drink is whimsical with a touch of innuendo: Eve's Plumb Rocked Adam's Apple is a tribute to beloved actress Johnson of the Brady Bunch. "I think deep down I've always felt like little Jen Brady and it's time for her to earn some recognition," he explains.

Johnson says that Nage's patrons were delighted with the cocktail, that it took them a long time to get the flavor from the ingredients in his trusty pot, and to ponder his cocktail philosophy: “Be fearless. Be creative. Be consistent.' nine0004

Eve's plummet rocked Adam's apple
Courtesy of Galen Johnson, Neige, Washington, DC
Per drink

4 fresh tarragon leaves
2 drops of bitters herbs and honey, or as a substitute for commercial orange bitters).
2 oz. apple/plum cider (see recipe below)
2 oz. Captain Morgans Spiced Rum
1 oz. Brut Champagne

Mix tarragon and bitters in a glass. Add ice, juice and rum and shake vigorously. Add to glass. Pour the champagne on top, garnish with an apple peel rosette, and serve.

Apple / plum cider
provided by Galen Johnson, Neij, Washington, Columbia District
makes about 1 gallon

1 gallon of apple juice
8 drain, without bones and sliced ​​cubes
honey honey 3 chip
½ bottle red wine
1 cup rum

Pour the apple cider into a large saucepan. Add small spices and simmer on as low a fire as possible. Add plums to the pan, drizzle with honey. Bake at 250 degrees in the oven until the plums are tender, sweet and fragrant. Add them to the cider along with the ginger, red wine and rum. Keep the fire as low as possible and let it simmer for 7 hours.
Kelly Magyaricks is a wine educator and writer based in Washington DC.

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