Alvan Rolle of Seaside reportedly blamed the mix-up on a "web malfunction" and denied having ever been in talks with FTX.
"We don’t have a listing for them, and we never did," he told Fortune. "We didn’t even know about the listing until it was brought to our attention."
And it's unclear whether the property could have been sold, with FTX-linked assets frozen by authorities following a nearly instantaneous $32 billion collapse.
Orchid Penthouse 6, where Bankman-Fried and several FTX-linked roommates moved in last year, has views of both the private community’s mega-yacht marina to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
"Every aspect of the penthouse was meticulously designed with venetian plaster walls matching Italian marble accents throughout, German engineered doors and windows, custom cabinetry, led lighting system and audio/visual package with Creston smart home system," the listing said. "A private elevator with security codes for the owner only and private garage."
The listing included photos of the interior that illustrate the luxurious surroundings. A rooftop pool. A patio hot tub. A full-sized bar across from a sleek new kitchen. A dining room surrounded on three sides by windows on the egg-shaped southern tip of the building.
A 2021 listing described the palatial penthouse as smaller – 7,500 square feet. It has five bedrooms and 7½ bathrooms. Pictures show a rooftop pool and a chic modern interior. The seller was asking for just under $40 million, the same as the fake listing.
Forbes in 2019 called the Albany community "one of the most exclusive resorts in the world."
It sits on a 600-acre property that includes a golf course designed by Ernie Els, a former top-ranked pro known as "The Big Easy;" a 71-slip marina for multimillion-dollar yachts; exclusive shops, including a Rolex store; and private clubs and restaurants. There's also a spa and a private school on the grounds the resort describes as a sportsperson’s paradise.