A house owned by an award-winning American songwriter and record producer is being sold in Ormond Beach for $2.2 million.
The home at 880 John Anderson Drive, which is under contract but still accepting offers, has four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two half-baths and a music studio. Built in 1950, the property spans 3,922 square feet and includes 140 feet of frontage along the Halifax River, a private dock, a boathouse and a pool. It last sold in 2020 for $1.17 million.
The Mediterranean-style house was used as a second home for Marti Frederiksen, known for co-writing various Aerosmith songs such as "Jaded," "Nine Lives" and "Fly Away from Here." Frederiksen also performed the lead vocals for the band featured in the 2000 movie "Almost Famous."
"He's worked with Ozzy Osbourne," said Bill Navarra, broker and co-owner of Realty Pros Assured. "He's worked with Eminem. He wrote the song 'Sorry' for Buckcherry. He's just an amazing guy."
Navarra, the listing agent for the home, said the home has a musical background that extends beyond Frederiksen. Originally owned by the late Thurman Gillespy, Jr. and his wife Elaine prior to being sold in 2020, the home housed many musicians in its time — particularly those of the London Symphony Orchestra. The Gillespy family, along with other community advocates, was instrumental in bringing the orchestra to Daytona Beach in the 1960s. He chaired the Florida International Festival, which featured the orchestra, in 2003, according to his obituary.
Navarra said the exterior of the home is one of its impressive features, with its Pecky Cypress front door entry and porch.
"You walk into the front door and you've got a really open living area and then this gorgeous open view to the porch, which looks out on the pool and then of course, the river," he said.
The home is situated on almost a 1-acre lot, something that is rare on John Anderson Drive.
"It's one of those amazing properties that I think once it's sold, we're going to have many people that will regret they didn't make an opportunity to make an offer on it," Navarra said. "It's so unique but every bit of the home has been designed, built and cared for through love ... of the original family. [Frederiksen] is the second owner of the home."