Million-dollar O’Keefe home in Biloxi sold; popular restaurant returning to Kiln

The front lawn of the Jerry O'Keefe house in Biloxi. The house was sold shortly after being listed.
The front lawn of the Jerry O'Keefe house in Biloxi. The house was sold shortly after being listed.

A buyer already has been found for the O’Keefe home on the beach in Biloxi.

“It sold to someone who saw it in the paper,” said listing agent Shannon Cavanaugh. The home at 510 Beach Blvd. was featured in an article in the Sun Herald when it was listed in September, not long after the death of former Biloxi Mayor Jerry O’Keefe. He owned the home with his wife, Martha.

It listed for sale for $1,299,000. Cavanaugh said the buyer is from the area but not currently living on the Gulf Coast

Closing on the 3,889-square-foot home is in 90 days, she said. The home has 12-foot ceilings, custom moldings, a gourmet kitchen, a master suite with two full bathrooms, an elevator, swimming pool and gazebo.

Across the Coast in Hancock County, construction has begun on the Jourdan River Steamer on Mississippi 603 in Kiln. An $850,000 permit was issued for the building that will be elevated on the river, built of concrete. It will replace the original restaurant that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, rebuilt and damaged again by flooding.

Owner Henry Plauche said he hopes to see the return of the Jourdan River Steamer in late spring or early summer. The restaurant was known for its fresh seafood, charbroiled oysters, Royal Red shrimp and its trademark Lobster Kadobster dish.

In Biloxi last week, a $2.2 million permit was issued for a new Citizens Bank that will be built by Yates Construction on Popp’s Ferry Road. It will be on the northwest corner of Popp’s Ferry next to the new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, Jerry Creel, community development director, said in his weekly report.

A $364,000 building permit was issued for a new warehouse for Southern Supply Company at 326 Howard Ave. in Biloxi and Creel said build-out permits were issued for Tuesday Morning, Hibbett Sports and a T-Mobile Sales Center, all in the Edgewater Village Shopping Center on Eisenhower Drive in Biloxi.

Several retail stores and strip malls have sold recently in South Mississippi, said Kenneth Jones II, senior investment adviser at Coldwell Banker Commercial in Gulfport.

Jones said the agency recently sold the Dollar General store on Lamey Bridge Road in D’Iberville for $1,200,000 and a retail and office complex at 302 Courthouse Road in Gulfport for $1,500,000.

“Both were sold as investment property,” he said.

Last week, Coldwell Banker sold a shopping center on Beatline Road in Long Beach and a building at 100 Pass Road in Gulfport was sold to a company that will open adult day care centers in South Mississippi, he said.

Other commercial projects issued building permits recently are:

▪ $750,000 for a new fuel station canopy with kiosk at Wal-Mart, 11377 U.S. 49, Gulfport

▪ $750,000 for a new Dollar General store at 24911 Mississippi 43, Picayune

▪ $120,000 for a martial arts studio, 13927 Seaman Road, Vancleave

▪ $80,000 for a metal roof at Studio Suites, 2102 Denny Ave., Pascagoula

▪ $64,000 for a 3,500-square-foot metal building at 507 Commerce St., Gulfport, owned by Steven Ladner/Owen & Co.

▪ $50,000 for renovations to the building at 2421 14th St., Gulfport, owned by Ricky Dombrowski

▪ $35,000 for renovations at Motel 6, 2476 Beach Blvd., Biloxi

▪ $35,000 to add three antennas with radios to the cell tower at 23701 Saucier-Lizana Road, Saucier

▪ $22,000 for a new barbecue business at 21216 Mississippi 613, Moss Point, for owner Bobby Delmas