After being axed by Oprah, Rosie O'Donnell has decided to pare down, first putting her Chicago home on the market for $2.5 million and now trying to unload her 11,000 square foot Star Island estate for the low, low price of $19,500,000, according to the South Beach Condo blog. She bought it back in '99 for $6,750,000. O'Donnell's not the only one to flee the island. Shoe designers Donald and Lisa Pliner are also outta there and moving to LA after reportedly selling their home, which was on the market for $19,999,999. We're sure the tour boats will miss O'Donnell mooning them from her Jet Ski.
March 30, 2012
December 14, 2011
You have to wonder what the purpose was for that tiny little studio Beyonce sold at the Green Diamond on December 12---shoes, weaves, Jay-Z when he was naughty? Whatever the case, that so-called cabana was nothing, y'all. Turns out the expectant mother unloaded 3 direct oceanfront units combined to make a total of 5,520 square feet and two cabanas in the Green Diamond. Though she paid $2.395 million back in 2002 for all three units, purchased directly from the developer, she sold 'em all for $2.9 million, according to Kevin Tomlinson, vice president of ONE Sotheby's International Realty. The cabanas were sold to two different buyers who own condos at the Diamonds, and the condos were bought for $2.7 by Miamians Martiniano and Sofia Perez after just two months on the market, Tomlinson said. Contrary to TMZ's reports that Beyonce paid $465,000 for a 190 square foot studio she then sold for $110,000, Beyonce cashed in bigtime, adding to her ever growing net worth. As for the reports of the Z's purchasing another place in Miami--not so says an inside source, not so at all.
November 17, 2011
In town while her hubby Jay-Z convinced fans he was the Bard of hip hop and Kanye West was, well, not, Beyonce and her baby bump chilled out at Alex Rodriguez's house. We have it on excellent authority that the Z's were house hunting in Miami. Who knows, maybe they'll be neighbors of Real Housewives of Atlanta's Nene Leakes, who was also house hunting out of her league down here, too, but certainly only for the cameras. Jay Z can buy the entire city if he wanted to, but not, of course, on any profits from his ill advised Occupy All Streets venture. No word on location of alleged house hunt, though some say they may be sniffing around the predictable North Bay Road, but we'll let you know if we hear anything further.
August 12, 2011
Just sold to a company (the ambiguous MF Penthouse 3 LLC) for $5.2 million: New York Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire's penthouse at the W South Beach. Miami Beach attorney/entrepreneur Matthew Krieger of Bratter Krieger LLP represented Stoudemire in the sale and broker Dave Marotta of Carefree Properties was the listing agent. Our sources tell us Stoudemire was planning to plunk down $10 million on an even grander Miami pad had the Miami Heat signed him. With that NBA lockout in effect, not to mention the abysmal economic situation, we won't exactly cry for him, but we guess he's better off.
October 12, 2009
Here's a class photo of some of the new minority owners of the Miami Dolphins, taken last night at Jorge Perez's Viceroy Hotel where a party was thrown for Hispanic Heritage Month. Pictured from left to right: Perez, Emilio Estefan, Lola Lopez, Marc Anthony and the team's actual owner, Stephen Ross. Incidentally Anthony and Lopez are said to have purchased a condo in Perez's Icon at Viceroy. If Estefan moves in, too, then something's definitely fishy.
Photo: Peter Richardson/Red Eye Productions
October 09, 2009
While some people may be worried that their covers will be blown in esteemed author Gerald Posner's new Miami expose, Miami Babylon: Crime, Wealth and Power. A Dispatch From the Beach, the best part about it is all the on-the-record stuff that people are saying about each other. Snap! We scored an advance copy and have picked out some of our faves:
Thomas Kramer on his short lived partnership with developer Jorge Perez: "We did a lot of party and pus*y."
Kramer on banning gays from his short lived club Hell: "I have nothing against faggots, but I wanted a club with beautiful women and men like me."
Kramer on the accusations he molested a little boy in a NY bathroom whom he claims was horsing around and bumped into him at a urinal: "[I told him] If you don't stop this, I will rip this off [grabbing the child's crotch.] And then the little mother*ucker ran off to his mommy to say I molested him."
Ex Miami Beach mayor Niesen Kasdin on Kramer: "Kramer was like watching a train wreck in slow motion."
Ingrid Casares on teaming up with so called club kingpin Chris Paciello in the night club biz: "I needed a substantial profession to prove I was more than just a drug addled sycophant."
Paciello on whether he'd return to Miami: "Most people in Miami respect me. Who knows if I'll end up back there one day. Miami wouldn't be the same without me--and I don't mean that as an ego statement."
Former promoter/club owner Gary James on Paciello's unlikely return to Miami: "Chris seems ready to reclaim his glory. I'd advise him to do it in Los Angeles where he's a new face. No matter what he thinks, South Beach isn't kind to yesterday's stars."
Developer Craig Robins on fellow developer Don Peebles: "His legacy in Miami is not particularly meaningful."
Peebles on Miami: "Miami is just not comfortable with blacks. I don't acquiesce. I am married to a white wife, I make a lot of money, and my problem is that I don't know my place."
Robins on Lincoln Road developer Michael Comras: "Comras is parasitic, not a visionary."
September 22, 2009
Stop us if you've heard this story before: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are allegedly buying a three bedroom, two and a half bath, 2050 square foot condo at Icon Brickell. Sound familiar? That's right, years ago, before the big real estate bust, the duo allegedly bought the penthouse at Icon South Beach. That never happened. Clearly they have a thing for Philippe Starck, but rumor has it that beleaguered developer Jorge Perez has more of a thing for having celebrity residents to boost sales of the troubled building and there may be some incentive stuff going on in this supposed deal. In fact, the Anthonys were seen schmoozing with Perez at the Viceroy at Icon several months ago. Whatever the case, Anthony is pretty excited about the whole thing, telling People that the apartment is going to be "the sexiest place in town." In addition to the Lopez-Anthony "buy," we are told that the two bedroom, two bath 1450 square foot unit next door to them will be sold to the Dolphins of which the couple is now a minority owner. Hmm. As for the apartment next to that one? We hear Venus and Serena Williams are in the market for a deeply discounted or free Miami condo, too.
Photo: Manny Hernandez
February 12, 2008
Hogan Knows Best will be airing its 5th season on VH1 starting this month. Blame the writer's strike, but this season the show will focus on Brooke Hogan, Hulk's daughter. Brooke will be moving into a penthouse at the Mosaic on Miami Beach. Rico James, an agent with SBI Realty, which sold the Hogan family their North Bay Road home in 2006, negotiated the deal. The VH1 producers loved the penthouse unit at Mosaic and thought it would be a perfect fit for Brooke, who likes to hang out with 15-year-old local teen, Amber Ridinger. The show will follow the young Hogan around Miami as she goes out on her own and finds her way without her family. Oh boy.
November 07, 2007
October 17, 2007
The Bee Gees have been our neighbors forever, but moving into the 'hood very soon is a Beatle--or at least the son of a Beatle, John Lennon's, specifically. That's right, Julian Lennon just bought a private residence at The Ritz Carlton Club and Residences on South Beach. Lennon, we're told, is working on a sixth album release and plans to split his time between South Beach and Europe. His South Beach pad is swank: an 1800 square foot, two bedroom, three bath with an ocean view. Welcome to the 'hood, Jude!