Celebrity lipo surgeon wins approval for Di Lido Island home

Dr. Aaron Rollins must modify the home's stairwells

TRD MIAMI /
Dec.December 06, 2016 02:45 PM
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Rendering of 503 East Dilido Drive and Dr. Aaron Rollins

The Miami Beach Design Review Board unanimously approved modifications to the proposed curvaceous home of a celebrity plastic surgeon, during its Tuesday meeting.

The board previously approved the plans of Dr. Aaron Rollins’ plans to build a 5,250-square-foot curvaceous home at 503 East Dilido Drive without right angles this past October. However, city staff discovered that the height of the structure’s accessory “cabana building” by the pool deck was 20 feet in height. The maximum height for a one-story accessory building is 12 feet. The board approved a variance for the extended height.

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Rendering of 503 East Dilido Drive

But that’s not all. Rollins also wanted to build two separate stairwells on the house’s north yard, requiring yet another variance.

“The owner wanted to use the central stair for personal use and the exterior for the guest,” explained Robert Moehring, a principal of Domo Architecture + Design. “It’s a matter of preference.”

“I guess the owner does not want to see the guest,” surmised Mike Steffans.

Rollins, the founder of Elite Body Sculpture in Beverly Hills, is famous for performing liposculpture procedures (transferring fat from one part of the body to another) while his patients are awake and conscious. Rollins has demonstrated his procedure on television programs like “E! News” and “Extra.” He’s also performed the procedure on realty TV stars Patty Stanger (“Millionaire Matchmaker”) and Julie Chrisley (“Chrisley Knows Best”).  In a previous interview with The Real Deal, Rollins said his inspiration for the home’s design — which is being designed by Domo Architecture + Design and will be without right angles — is the human body.

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Existing home at 503 East Dilido Drive

But the redesign inspired a complaint. Blas Reyes owns a home just north of Rollins’ property on Di Lido Island. “The two massive staircases come up four or five feet from my property,” Reyes said. “I love the [proposed] house’s design, but something needs to be added to mitigate the visual impact on my property.”

So, the design review board ordered that the stairwells and pool area be shifted “inward” so that it’s further away from Reyes’ home. They also want the stairwells obscured by vegetation. With that, Rollins’ variance requests were granted.

Under a Miami Beach ordinance, anyone wishing to alter or demolish a home built prior to 1942 must present the design of the new house that’s replacing it before receiving a demolition permit. The 3,917-square-foot Mediterranean-style house that currently stands at 503 East Dilido Drive was built in 1930. Rollins bought the house and the 10,500-square-foot waterfront lot it sat on for $4.3 million this past September.


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