Dr. Aaron Rollins, a celebrity plastic surgeon and founder of Elite Body Sculpture clinics in Beverly Hills, New York, Houston and elsewhere, plans to tear down a Di Lido Island home in Miami Beach and build a new house that he describes as “like a giant yacht.”
Similar to the people he has performed liposculpture on — including “Millionaire Matchmaker” Patty Stanger and Julie Chrisley of “Chrisley Knows Best,” — he told The Real Deal his wants to craft his house like the human body, with no right angles, just curves.
Rollins paid $4.3 million for 503 East Dilido Drive earlier this month. The 3,917-square-foot, Mediterranean-style, waterfront home was built in 1930, Miami-Dade property records show. It sits on a 10,500-square-foot lot. The Jills of Coldwell Banker had the listing.
The property is the among the latest on Di Lido Island to face the wrecking ball, as homeowners and spec home developers tear down older houses and replace them with modern mansions.
Rollins said his house will be his primary residence and he already lives in Miami Beach, in a condo on Collins Avenue. He said he became smitten with Miami Beach when interned in general surgery at the University of Miami after medical school.
“Miami Beach is my favorite place in the world,” he said. “Ever since I came here the first time, I said I wanted to live on the bay.”
Yet he doesn’t have a practice here, because he said the market is too saturated and prices are too low, while his procedures are pricey. Rollins, whose liposculpture has been captured on TV’s E! News, Extra and the Doctors, is best known for his technique that allows the person to be awake during the procedure. “We take out fat with no needle, no scalpel and no stitches,” he said.
Domo Architecture + Design is designing his new 5,250-square-foot home. Todd Glaser will be the builder and project manager.
“It’s very organic and the nature of the owner’s profession is the human body sculpting, so we were very inspired by that,” as well as by boating, Francisco Llado, principal of Domo Arechitecture + Design told TRD. Domo, whose other principal is Robert Moehring, has also designed new homes on Star Island, including Stuart Miller’s proposed mega mansion at 11 Star Island Drive.
Rollins’ home will have five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms. Outdoor features will include a pool and cabana, second-story Jacuzzi and rooftop deck, with jungle-like landscaping, Llado said.
Plans will go before the Miami Beach Design Review Board on Oct. 10. If approved, construction will begin in late November, he said.
Di Lido Island has become a poster child for tear-downs and new homes. For years, issues of demolition, new construction and lot coverage have pitted developers, homeowners and preservations in Miami Beach.
In January, after months of heated debate, the Miami Beach City Commission rejected a proposed rule that would have limited the lot coverage and unit size of new single-family homes being built in Miami Beach. And in April, the Miami Beach Planning Board rejected a proposed ordinance that would have required anyone seeking a demolition permit for a single-family home on Miami Beach to submit plans for a new structure before any demolition could take place.
Under current regulations, only homes deemed “architecturally significant” and built before 1942 face review by the Miami Beach Design Review Board, which cannot prevent homes from being demolished, but only reject new plans to replace them. Only homes designated as “historic” by their owners can be prevented from being demolished.