Just shy of four years ago, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. — better known professionally as Lil Wayne — paid $16.8 million for this freshly built spec mansion on Miami Beach’s exclusive guard-gated Allison Island, directly overlooking Biscayne Bay. Now the 40-year-old “Lollipop” rapper is returning the sweet contemporary residence to the market with a hefty $29.5 million ask, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
That significantly increased price includes snazzy amenities — a commercial-grade elevator, plush movie theater with suede-clad walls, wine cellar and dedicated staff quarters with a butler’s kitchen, for starters. There’s also a dock and 110 feet of waterfront footage.
Tucked away on a gated parcel spanning over a half-acre, Lil Wayne’s modern extravaganza was built in 2017 by Miami developer Laurent Harari and designed by noted local architect Ralph Choeff. A walkway crosses a reflecting pool before emptying out at the seven-bedroom, 11-bath house, which contains almost 10,300 square feet of living space rife with soaring ceilings, walls of glass and seamless indoor-outdoor environs.
Highlights include a custom mahogany entryway that flows to a voluminous great room adorned with a 22-foot ceiling, an eye-catching lacquered fireplace and sliding glass doors opening to the backyard. A dining room connects to a family room, and around the corner is an eat-in gourmet kitchen featuring custom Italian cabinetry, high-end Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, and access to a courtyard.
A sculptural floating staircase heads upstairs, where the posh master retreat spans 2,500 square feet and comes equipped with a sitting area, an expansive private terrace, a walk-in closet and dual baths decked out with all the expected niceties. Outdoors, the tropical-inspired grounds host a large pool flanked by an open-air cabana with its own kitchen and bath, plus plenty of spots ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining.
The Miami spread is listed by Cyril Matz of Douglas Elliman. Lil Wayne has moved to his lavish California estate, tucked within the ritzy guard-gated Hidden Hills enclave, that he acquired last year for $15.4 million.