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Video Trip: Scrushy’s Lake Martin Home From the Water

A cool $5 million will buy you the keys to the former Lake Martin waterfront estate of Richard ScrushyRichard Scrushy was the former CEO of HealthSouth. The home is now owned by shareholders of HealthSouth as partial satisfaction for a fraud judgment against him.


It’s not my listing, but I’d love to show you this Lake Martin landmark.

So, you’re not quite ready to write the check?   That’s okay – you can still take a drive-by “tour” by boat. If you can’t make it by this Willow Point home yourself on Memorial Day, click below for the video I shot for you.  It was such  a gorgeous day!

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More Pictures and Video- Richard Scrushy Lake Martin Home Auction

Here are more pictures and video of the auction of Richard Scrushy’s Lake Martin waterfront home, lots, and hangar at Willow Point Airport.  HealthSouth shareholders forced the auction to recover part of the $2.9 billion judgment against Scrushy.

As expected, the HealthSouth shareholders were the high bidders on both parcels.  They “bought” the hangar for $435,000 and the lake front home and 2 adjacent lots for $7,4000,000.  They arrived at these prices by getting appraisals, so Richard Scrushy will be given full appraised value as credits against the judgment.  Now the shareholders are the official owners of the Lake Martin properties and seek to sell them as soon as possible, according to their attorneys. Obviously, as a Lake Martin realtor, I would love to help anyone buy it. Please contact me at the number and email at the top of this page.

Video Of Scrushy Lake Martin home auction

If you would like to see a video of the home auction only, see my earlier post here.

The below video is for both the hangar and the waterfront home and lots in Willow Point, plus a little wrap up.  The whole auction process lasted about 2 minutes:

Since the auction was over so fast, most of my time was spent listening to the attorneys for the Plaintiffs explain the process. The TV news never has time for full explanations, so I thought it would be helpful to publish the below explanations.

The Attorney speaking is John Somerville of Galloway and Somerville, LLC.  He answered most of the post auction questions.

Another Attorney for HealthSouth was John Haley of Hare, Wynn, Newell, and Newton, LLP.  He did some interviews but I didn’t get them on tape.  Another attorney also present from that firm was Judge Ralph Cook.

Pictures of Scrushy Lake Martin Home Auction

A crowd gathers before the auction:

crowd waits for auction Richard Scrushy Lake Martin home

Sheriff Jimmy Abbett explains the process:

Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett explains Scrushy lake martin home auction

Page One of the Order of Sheriff’s sale:

sheriffs sale order scrushy lake martin home document

To download a PDF full copy of the Sheriff’s Sale of the Scrushy Lake Home click here.

HealthSouth Attorneys John Haley and Ralph Cook confer before the auction:

Attorneys for HealthSouth - John Haley and Ralph Cook at lake home auction

Lead Plaintiff Wade Tucker (l) and Attorney John Somerville (r) answer media questions after Scrushy auction had ended:

healthsouth plaintiff speaks after scrushy lake martin home sale

Attorney for the Plaintiff John Somerville meets with media:

John Somerville - HealthSouth plaintiff attorney speaks to media after scrushy home auction

For a complete set of all pictures I took at the Scrushy Lake Martin Home acution, see this set on Flickr.

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Video: Auction Of Richard Scrushy’s Lake Martin Home

Ex HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy’s Lake Martin home was auctioned today on the courthouse steps in Dadeville, Alabama.  HealthSouth shareholders won a $2.9 billion judgment against the “CEO of Fraud” and are now attempting to recover the cash.

The above video shows the home and its adjoining lots being auctioned.

The auction actually included two parcels:

1. The Hangar at Willow Point Airport644 Willow Way North – Scrushy owned a hangar there, one of only 2 or 3 at the airport, which is adjacent to the neighborhood of Willow Point.  It was the site of the boat auction a couple of weeks ago.  The shareholders bought it for $435,000.

2. The Waterfront Home and Lots – 1470 Willows End this is the home and the surrounding lots in Willow Point.  They had an opening bid for $4 million and the shareholdersof HealthSouth bought it for $7.4 million.

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Live Blogging Of Scrushy Lake Home Auction

Richard Scrushy’s Lake Martin home in Willow Point is being auctioned today on the courthouse steps in Dadeville, AL.  The HealthSouth shareholders are forcing the sale so that they can take possession if they end up being the high bidder.

Registration is at 10 AM and the auction is at 11 AM central.

I will be putting up pics and video.  I thought this would be a good time to try my new account at Posterous.

So for updated info as the day wears on, see Lake Martin Voice on Posterous.

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Video From Richard Scrushy Boat Auction At Willow Point

I shot this video of the action at the Willow Point Airfield today around 11:00 AM Central today.  Ex HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy had a huge cigarette boat, a bass fishing boat, some PWCs, and a golf cart auctioned today by the Sheriff.  Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett auctioned them off on behalf of the HealthSouth shareholders, who have claimed them through winning a lawsuit against Scrushy.

Scrushy once owned this airplane hangar on a private airstrip near the neighborhood of Willow Point at Lake Martin, Alabama.

Here is a shot of the cigarette boat that went for $53,000:

I just missed the big boat’s auction since I went to the Alex City airport and then had to zip down to Willow Point.  By the time I arrived the Sheriff was auctioning the Sea Doos.  Here is a quick video of the action:

There were probably 50 or 60 people there to watch, and probably another 10 real estate agents.  My guess is that about half of those had registered to bid.  The Sea Doos and the golf cart went for about $3,000 each.

Also present were some of the lawyers representing the HealthSouth shareholders.  Logically, all of the local TV news crews were busy interviewing them.  I believe that one of them was Ralph Cook. Here is a video of another attorney, John Haley, being interviewed:

I talked to a couple of the camera crews about the eventual auction of Scrushy’s lake home at Willow Point.

It is easily the most conspicuous home on the waterfront of Lake Martin.  Currently the plans are for the Sheriff to auction it on the Tallapoosa County Courthouse steps on November 9, 2009.  I don’t expect there to be much bidding going on with it.  My guess is that it will go kind of like a foreclosure auction.  That is, the entity foreclosing (in this case the HealthSouth shareholders) will put in a minimum bid that will be pretty high.  Anyone is welcome to bid above it and buy it but more than likely they will be the highest bidder as they have the biggest stake in it right now.

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How To Bid On Richard Scrushy’s Lake Martin Toys

Ex HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy had an airplane hangar full of Lake Martin toys.  The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s office will be auctioning off its contents on Monday October 19, 2009.

Scrushy Lake Martin

Auction Time:

11:00 AM Central Time, Monday October 19, 2009

What Will Be Auctioned:

According to the Sheriff’s office, only the contents of the airplane hangar will be auctioned at this time.  The auction will NOT include any of the contents of Scrushy’s Lake Martin home at Willow Point, nor the waterfront home itself.

How To View What Will Be Auctioned:

The hangar will be open from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Monday October 19, 2009 for all potential bidders to view the contents.

I asked the Sheriff’s office if they had a list online, they said no.  They have looked for one also and couldn’t find it.  Earlier this year, WSFA posted a list: Contents of Scrushy Airplane Hanger at Lake Martin.  Please note I don’t know if this is official or not.  The Sheriff’s office said that it would be “2 boats, a golf cart, and several personal watercraft.” In a related story, the ex CEO’s wife Leslie is suing to claim ownership of other seized assets.

At this point, it seems the only way to know for sure is to show up and inspect yourself.

scrushy and wife happy

Where Will The Auction And Viewing Take Place:

The auction will be at the T.C. Russell Field Airport997 T C Russell Dr, Alexander City, AL 35010. Edited 10-19-09 – It was at Scrushy Airplane Hangar at Willow Point Airfield.

What about Scrushy’s Lake Martin home and its contents?

The waterfront home in the neighborhood of Willow Point on Lake Martin will be auctioned on November 9.  I will post more details about that auction later.


As with any auction, caveat emptor. Do your own research and due diligence.  Do not rely on anything I have posted.  I plan to be in attendance and may very well bid on something, so satisfy yourself as to the ownership, reliability, or any other aspect of anything you plan to buy.  I am no expert.

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Richard Scrushy’s Lake Martin Home on CNBC – American Greed

CNBC re-ran the story on HealthSouth founder and former CEO Richard Scrushy – On a show called “American Greed.”  Not exactly the sort of bio that any businessman wants.

Every story I have ever read or watched about Scrushy inevitably mentions his “Lake Martin mansion.” Don’t get me wrong, it is a mansion all right.  By almost anyone’s standards.

I don’t know if it is the biggest home on Lake Martin. I know of one that may be larger by square feet. But it is up there. His home is located inside the gates of Willow Point, one of Lake Martin’s most exclusive communities.

That home wasn’t his only dealings on Lake Martin. Scrushy also developed a neighborhood called Marina Marin (apparently his middle name is Marin) – off of Highway 50 on the south side of the lake. While not as upscale as Willow Point, it is pretty nice itself; former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville owns a home there.

I can see why CEO types such as Scrushy enjoy Lake MartinYou have relative anonymity, unless you rip around in a loud speedboat like he used to do.  Plus, coming from Atlanta and Nashville, executives see a relative bargain in the homes, where $500,000 gets you a very nice home and $1 million is close to the top of the market.

Would you like to browse around Lake Martin homes for sale? Click here for my home search, it includes all realtors and brokerages that participate in the Lake Martin MLS.  For my exclusive listings, go here.  If you see anything you like, give me a shout.

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