Back in the starstudded Miami Beach golden age of the 50’s and 60’s, our little slice of paradise was known the world over as “the playground of the rich and famous.” Megastars of their time like Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Lucy & Desi, Muhammad Ali and countless others from the world of entertainment and sports could be found lounging by the Fontainebleau pool, sipping their favorite libations.
Today, the names may have changed, but the Beach still is home for a myriad of huge, internationally-known movie and television stars, musicians and sports figures. The super-rich know a good thing when they see it, and continue to include Miami Beach as one of their favorite places to call home – or at least one of their homes.
Miami Beach represents everything a superstar or sports personality wants. Opulent penthouses, trendy lofts and huge mansions are plentiful here, the culture and lifestyle are second to none and the ease of international travel creates the perfect setting for living the good life of the rich and famous.
In fact, Coldwell Banker recently listed the most expensive property in the tricounty area, the former estate of fashion magnate Gianni Versace, located on famous Ocean Drive. Now known as Casa Casuarina and operating as a 10- room luxury boutique hotel, the one-ofa- kind property is available for $125 million dollars. Featuring 10 bedrooms uniquely decorated and swathed in lavish appointments, the residence also features hand-painted walls and ceiling frescoes reminiscent of resplendent mansions around the world. A 54-foot long mosaic-tiled, 24K gold-lined pool in an exquisitely appointed courtyard highlights this world-class property.
Stroll down Lincoln Road or settle in for a fabulous dinner at one of the Beach’s more upscale restaurants and you may find yourself elbow-to-elbow with Miami Beach residents such as Grammy award winning musician and residential designer Lenny Kravitz, entertainment moguls Emilio and Gloria Estefan, basketball star Lebron James or rapper Flo Rida.
International superstars may live a different lifestyle than you or me, but they are like anyone else when it comes to realizing that there are very few places on earth that offer the ultimate quality of life available in Miami Beach.
Aleksandra Marzec, Coldwell Banker; 305-760-9121 or www.searchmiamirealestate.com