Feb 23, 2021
Bachelor creator lists controversial plantation-style estate
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“The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” creator, Mike Fleiss, is receiving backlash after his Hawaiian estate listing was dubbed a “plantation-style” abode amid the soaring controversy taking place this season.
Fleiss, 56, put the property on the market on Jan. 10. He removed the listing three weeks later, but not before it caught the attention of some who noticed how the home was described.
“One of the largest lots in Hanalei, this setback, historic plantation-style home with a sprawling beachside lawn, sprinkled with swaying coconut trees, invokes old Hawaii,” listing agent Neal Norman stated.
Marketing the home’s “plantation style” may prove to be controversial for Fleiss. Companies that have hosted tourism and wedding venues on plantations have announced their initiative to step back in the past year due to the racist history of the properties. Pinterest, the Knot, Zola and similar sites have cut back on promoting these locations.
It’s especially bad timing given the recent headlines surrounding Season 25 of “The Bachelor” starring 29-year-old Matt James.
Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell faced backlash earlier this month for attending an “antebellum plantation-themed ball” at Georgia College & State University, thrown by the fraternity Kappa Alpha.Matt James gives Rachael Kirkconnell a rose. ABC
Kirkconnell, 24, is currently in the top three in the season.
Fleiss originally bought the entire structure from actress Julia Roberts in 2016 for $16.2 million — less than half his listing price, which was at $34.5 million at the time. Scroll through to see the massive five-bedroom, four bathroom Hawaiian estate.The home sits on 2.1 acres of land. Realtor.com
Spanning two acres, the home features 213 feet of beachfront views on the Hanalei Bay.It boasts 213 feet of prime oceanfront views. Realtor.com
Named the Faye, it was first purchased by Hans Peter Faye in 1915 with the intention to build summer beach houses.The main house is made up of four bedrooms. Realtor.com
The property features remodeled bedrooms in the main house, plus a one-bedroom guesthouse.There is a separate guesthouse with one bedroom and one bathroom. Realtor.com
The property boasts panoramic ocean views from the master lanai.The open living space. Realtor.com
Hanalei is considered one of the quintessential surf towns in the world with golf just up the hill in Princeville.The main kitchen. Realtor.com
Chris Harrison has since temporarily stepped down as “The Bachelor” host after defending Kirkconnell. It remains to be seen who will step in to host “After the Final Rose.”A patio area for entertainment.
Realtor.comA sauna and spa area.
Realtor.comAn expansive backyard for outdoor activities.
Realtor.comA hammock is nestled between two palm trees.
Realtor.comOne of four bedrooms.
Realtor.comAnother one of the home's bedrooms.
Realtor.comThe home is situated at the center of Hanalei, a known surf town.
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