Markus Bishop, former megachurch pastor, has put his 11,000 square-foot luxurious Panama City Beach home up for auction.
PANAMA CITY BEACH — Markus Bishop, former megachurch pastor, has put his 11,000 square-foot luxurious home up for auction.
The mansion was built in 2003 and renovated in 2014. It was recently appraised at $4.4 million and it will be auctioned Dec. 5 for a minimum bid of $2 million.
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Bishop has been a source of controversy over the years, including owning one former church that by night was hosting Spring Break lingerie and sleepover parties with the "sexiest ladies on the beach," according to court records. He’s also had a long dispute with the Bay County property appraiser’s office and has filed a lawsuit because a tax exemption on his property was removed.
Faith Christian Family Church, one of several properties that was part of the lawsuit, went under and foreclosed.
Property Appraiser Dan Sowell removed the tax exemption on several properties owned by Bishop when the Spring Break parties came to light in 2015.
The court sided with the county in the dispute.
Bishop has seen his share of controversy other than the dispute with the property appraiser.
Other controversies the former pastor has faced include being arrested in June 2016 on marijuana charges in Escambia County. He was charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana.
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Bishop is currently being sued for failing to make installment payments on time for a $50,000 loan he borrowed in February 2018.
The home sits on 1.6 acres that holds six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It has luxurious features like a tennis, basketball and volleyball court with a fitness room.
Inside the entrance of the home lays Italian marble flooring and according to Executive Vice President of Fisher Auction Company Francis D. Santos, the home is very unique.
"I’ve sold Warren Sapp’s home, I’ve sold David Cassidy’s home and I’ve sold the Versace home and I would put this one (Bishop estate) up there with it," Santos said.
Staff that work in the home have a room upstairs to live in. The room includes a bed, a stove top, a dishwasher and other amenities a person would need.
There is a total of 365,000 bricks that cover the exterior of the home and in the driveway.
There was damage to the estate from Hurricane Michael and the estimates range from $600,000 to $800,000 for repairs to the roof and some windows and doors.
The qualifying procedure of the auction is to bring a $50,000 cashier check for the initial deposit. Also, bidders must provide a total of 10% down on auction day and there will be 30 days to close.
"Our team is pleased to have the opportunity to manage the sale of this magnificent property in the most desirable area of Panama City Beach," said Lamar Fisher, President and CEO of Fisher Auction Company. "Given its ideal location and host of amenities, upgrades and appointments, we are confident this estate will draw significant attention from many prospective buyers around the country."