Four contiguous properties on Miami Beach’s hoity-toity gated La Gorce Island have come onto the market, asking a whopping $170 million. Should the sellers get anywhere near that lofty number, it would set a Florida record. (In case you’re wondering, the current highest price ever achieved was the $122.7 million hedge fund mogul Scott Shleifer paid for a Palm Beach mansion, early last year.)
This estate spans 2.87 acres of land, which includes 600 feet of water frontage, a dock, and lovely views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. The listing agents are Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber at Coldwell Banker’s The Jills Zeder Group.
Three of the properties have separate houses and pools on them, while the fourth is a private park that’s been christened a flowery “Domaine de la Paix et de l’Amour,” which includes “manicured gardens, towering banyan and oak trees, and bay-facing marble gazebo,” per the listing.
At this point, you may be saying to yourself, “Self, I would assume that anyone with a private park called Domaine de la Paix et de l’Amour sleeps in a bedroom with the Creation of Adam from the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling.” And you’d be correct! The listing notes that the properties as being sold “as is,” though, so you’re going to have to get out the white paint to redo the ceiling yourself — should it not be to your particular taste. The master bedroom also boasts a fireplace and of course, a flatscreen over the mantel. In all, there are 12 bedrooms, 16 full bathroom and 9 powder rooms.
Other luxe amenities scattered around the compound include a 5,000-bottle wine storage area, a home theater, numerous dark wood paneled dining rooms and offices, and a conference room. Doctor and businessman M. Lee Pearce paid $3.1 million for the four adjoining properties way in the 1980s, according to the Wall Street Journal. The oldest home was built in 1936; the other houses are newer.
La Gorce Island, with just 60 homes, has become popular and sought after because of its privacy, security, and great views of the mainland. And with exceedingly limited housing inventory, it seems likely that this vast property will eventually be split into four swanky estates.