The 'ABBA House,' a Tierra Verde home once reportedly owned by the Swedish disco group, is now for sale

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A home that has quite a few solid ties to the Swedish supergroup behind hits like "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia" is now on the market just outside of St. Petersburg.

Located at 873 2nd Ave. S in Tierra Verde, the waterfront home was built in 1982, and was designed in the Swedish Longhouse style, which means there's two identical wings with two bedrooms, two baths and shared rooms in the middle. Perfect for a band featuring two married couples.

For years, the home has been known locally as the "ABBA House," and while there's no hard evidence that the disco supergroup ever actually owned  it, or even stayed there for that matter, there are quite a few clues that suggest the rumors might actually be true.

According to property records, the lot was initially purchased in 1982 by Andante Music, Ltd., which has ties to ABBA's former business manager John Spalding.

Of course, "Andante, Andante" is also the name of a ABBA song on the 1981 album Super Trouper.

Local agent Randell Irena, who  worked with the original listing agent (who is now deceased), told Premier Sotheby's International that the home was the most expensive sale in Tierra Verde at the time, and while he never met any members of ABBA, Spalding represented the group on the transaction.

Property records also show that Spalding's signature is found under "Grantor" on the home's deed. 

But the best evidence of the home's connection to ABBA, was arguably found inside the house. The home sold to the current owners in 1986 for $510,000, and according to Sotheby's, sound equipment was left in the house "with ABBA tapes stuck in it." 

The current owners never touched it to preserve it, says the company, and now those pieces of memorabilia are included in the sale.

The 4,527-square-foot home comes with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, and you'll certainly need some "money, money, money" to buy it since the estate is currently asking $3,950,000.

The listing agent is Lisa Farmer of Premier Sothebys Intl Realty.
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The 'ABBA House,' a Tierra Verde home once reportedly owned by the Swedish disco group, is now for sale
Photo by Bear Karry Productions
The 'ABBA House,' a Tierra Verde home once reportedly owned by the Swedish disco group, is now for sale
Photo by Bear Karry Productions
The 'ABBA House,' a Tierra Verde home once reportedly owned by the Swedish disco group, is now for sale
Photo by Bear Karry Productions
The 'ABBA House,' a Tierra Verde home once reportedly owned by the Swedish disco group, is now for sale
Photo by Bear Karry Productions
The 'ABBA House,' a Tierra Verde home once reportedly owned by the Swedish disco group, is now for sale
Photo by Bear Karry Productions

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