David Cassidy says goodbye to 'place of refuge' in Fort Lauderdale

Former 'Partridge Family' star auctioning off waterfront estate as part of bankruptcy proceedings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Seventies heartthrob David Cassidy is calling his soon-to-be-auctioned Fort Lauderdale home a "place of refuge" for him "during some personally challenging times."

The 65-year-old former pop singer and star of "The Partridge Family" filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, forcing him to auction off his waterfront estate.

"I am voluntarily selling my home as part of my bankruptcy proceedings, which was a difficult decision for me to make, but one that was necessary in an effort to properly close this chapter of my life," Cassidy told Local 10 News in a statement. "While it is certainly upsetting to leave the house I personally made a home over the past decade, I am proactively taking this step to make these proceedings as productive and positive as possible."

Cassidy's 6,400-square-foot home at 1600 S. Ocean Drive includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms. Other amenities include a swimming pool with an outdoor gazebo, a dock and a boat lift.

According to Broward County property records, Cassidy bought the home in 2001 for $1.1 million.

"This home has been a place of refuge for me during some personally challenging times," Cassidy said. "I cherished the hours I spent working in the garden, which helped me relax and unwind. I look forward to what life will bring in the coming years."

Fisher Auction Company is overseeing the sale. Bidders must prequalify to participate in the Sept. 9 auction.

"It's a very lucrative asset," Fisher Auction Company employee Francis Santos told Local 10 News. "We've had over 200 inquiries (and) over 50 parties have toured the home as potential buyers."

Anyone who wants to bid on the property is asked to contact Santos at 754-220-4116 or francis@fisherauction.com.

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