Friday, May 22, 2015

Versace's Miami Home Sold!

Boutique hotel: Villa by Barton G is to reopen at Gianni Versace's former mansion on Ocean Drive in Miami

SOLD for $41.5million! Gianni Versace's former Miami mansion to be turned into a hotel by New York family behind Jordache denim label

Design marvel: The style of Villa by Barton G is very much in keeping with the lavish tastes of its former owner

  • Casa Casuarina in Miami was put up for auction with a starting bid of $16million. The property had originally been on the market for $125million
  • The winning bidder was VM South Beach LLC, whose principals include the Nakash family of New York, who control Jordache Enterprises
Expansion: The home was remodelled by Versace after he fell in love with the property
The family hopes to use the Versace name when the property is rebranded as a hotel.

The new owners of the South Beach mansion where Gianni Versace lived and died said Tuesday that they hope to use the Italian fashion designer's name and legacy in rebranding the property as a hotel.
VM South Beach LLC bid $41.5 million for the oceanfront property on Miami Beach's touristy Ocean Drive.
The company's principals include the Nakash family of New York, which controls Jordache Enterprises.
Spectacular view: Only an extravagant multi-millionaire could afford to buy the Miami Beach mansionAttention to detail: Versace spent $33million refurbishing the property after he bought it in 1992
Joe Nakash, chairman of Jordache Enterprises, said he expects to retain all the vestiges of Versace's time in South Beach in the 1990s - the snake-haired Medusa heads, a swimming pool inlaid with 24-karat gold tiles, gold-plated bathroom fixtures, custom-made mosaic floorings and frescos and the throngs of tourists who still routinely stop to have their picture taken on the front steps where the designer was slain.
We're going to keep it the way it is,' Nakash said.
Jordache Enterprises owns five hotels in Miami Beach, including the Hotel Victor next door to the mansion.
History: Though the Versace family hasn't owned the oceanfront mansion since 2000, auctioneers hoped the designer's legacy would attract potential buyers.
Boutique: The Versace motif remains on the floor of one of the hotel suites, a tribute to the designer who spent $33million renovating and expanding the property after he bought it in 1992

'We'd like the public to use it, so we're going to create a hotel that will be consolidated with the Victor,' Nakash said. 'We're going to use the name Versace after we receive OK from the family.'
'We'd like the public to use it, so we're going to create a hotel... We're going to use the name Versace after we receive OK from the family'
Prints and patterns: The villa was originally built in the 1930s by architect Alden Freeman as an homage to the oldest existing house in the western hemisphere in Santo Domingo
Efforts to reach representatives for the Versace family were unsuccessful Tuesday.
Though the Versace family hasn't owned the oceanfront mansion since 2000, auctioneers hoped the designer's legacy would attract potential buyers.
Celebrities and investors worldwide expressed interest, but in the end, only three bidders emerged, said Lamar Fisher, president and CEO of Fisher Auction Company, which was appointed by a bankruptcy court.
Lavish: The hotel still features the murals and frescoes painted on the walls and ceiling by Mr Versace, a detail that contributes to the hefty $125million price tag
Bidding started at $25.5 million and rose in $500,000 increments under a tent next to the mansion's 54-foot-long swimming pool, Fisher said.
VM South Beach outbid Donald Trump, whose other South Florida real estate holdings include the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach and Trump National Doral. It also outbid Wellington developer Glenn Straub, who owns the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club.
Trump's son Eric left the mansion without speaking to reporters.
Illuminating: A skylight brightens up the original interior designed by Gianni Versace in the famously ornate home that he bought in 1992 after falling in love with the property
Fisher said Trump's highest bid was $41 million, and he could get the property if the deal with VM South Beach falls through.
'It's a cash transaction. There are no contingencies on the property,' Fisher said. A bankruptcy judge is expected to approve the deal Wednesday.
Even if the Versace family declines to license their name, Nakash said he planned to honor the designer with a plaque marking where he died.
Residential palace: The one acre property features ten bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, seven fireplaces, a garage for 12 cars and a guesthouse
Dan Golinsky, who works in real estate in Miami, still has his Casa Casuarina membership card in his wallet. Standing outside the mansion, he said the bidders knew the property came with a cache they could extend to their wealthy clientele.
'The whole thing has its own persona that obviously still speaks well for what Versace did in renovating it and bringing that prominence to Miami Beach,' Gorlinksy said.
Unique: There are not many homes as utterly lavish as the house where Versace lived until his death
Versace and an entourage of celebrity friends that included Madonna, Cher and Elton John helped change South Beach from a retirement community known as 'God's waiting room' to the party-centric, international tourist destination it is today.
The designer bought a neglected three-story, Mediterranean-style home, originally built in 1930 by Standard Oil heir Alden Freeman, and a dilapidated hotel next door in 1992 and spent $33 million on renovations. The 23,000-square-foot mansion has 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and an open-air courtyard.
Versace was fatally shot in 1997 by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who later shot himself as a police search closed in on him.
Tragedy: Gianni Versace, pictured in 1995 with model Kate Moss, was shot dead outside his mansion in 1997

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