MIAMI — Conservative Internet aggregator Matt Drudge sure has become a generous man after 20 years as the Left’s whipping boy and the Right’s digital voice.
Or is he finally admitting he is as gay as those he’s been bashing for two decades?
Drudge last week gave away half of his real estate holdings in the far west Miami suburb of Redland to a man he is not related to but has lived with since 2004.
Miami-Dade County property records show the reclusive Drudge, 49, gave away a 4,600-square-foot house on 4.5 acres of shrubs and woods he bought in January 2013 for $700,000 cash.
If you believe the quit claim deed, the founder of The Drudge Report surrendered the property that’s adjacent to his $1.45 million-homestead to a man with whom he shared the same addresses for the past 11 years.
The lucky new homeowner was identified as Juan Carlos Alvarado, 55.
He did have to pay Drudge a grand total of $10, the paperwork shows.
Florida state records show Alvarado once held a real estate license and has lived alongside Drudge in a Collins Avenue condo and Drudge’s $1.57 million-house in the Venetian Isles in Miami Beach and, finally, on SW 157th Avenue, where Drudge has been accumulating land.
Neither the newsman nor Alvarado returned calls for comment.
Miami Beach realtor Ben Moss, who wasn’t involved in the change of ownership but deals with deed issues on a daily basis, said most instances of quit claim deeds involve family issues.
“Ninety-nine percent of the time, when someone uses a quit claim instead of a regular warranty deed, which is much safer, it’s to settle a divorce or when a family member wants to donate property.
“Quit claim deeds save thousands of dollars in transfer taxes.”
Drudge has been running his news website, one of the most influential in the United States, in the Miami area since the late-1990s.
Drudge has denied repeatedly he is gay, even claiming a few years back he was close to getting married to a woman “with boobs,” and is known to run stories generally portraying gays in a negative light.
SFGN is a media partner with Jose Lambiet’s Gossip Extra.