The Real Deal Miami

Nesting with the stars

A-listers of every ilk are swooping in on ripe South Florida digs, while others can’t ditch their corners of paradise fast enough
By Katherine Kallergis | October 05, 2016 11:00AM
Russel Weiner and home

Russel Weiner and home

Recently, celebrities have picked up a pricey batch of homes, from sprawling waterfront mansions to preconstruction condos. Yet some A-listers are struggling to unload their trophy properties. Hip-hop star Lil Wayne, for example, has slashed the asking price for his Miami Beach house by a third, to $12 million. Meanwhile, Internet pioneer Jim Clark put his estate on the market for $137 million, making it one of the 10 most expensive home listings in the country.

The seller of one Coral Gables estate has a last name that’s certainly a household word: Bacardi. After spending eight years building the luxurious Cocoplum estate, Hilda Maria Bacardi, an heiress to the booze fortune, has listed her mansion for $27.3 million.

Social media buzz has hit celebrity deals big time. Singer-songwriter Trey Songz and boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. were both happy to have their South Florida home purchases promoted on Instagram. Here’s a peak inside some swank celeb deals.

Russell Weiner

One of South Florida’s youngest billionaires paid $20 million for a waterfront home on Miami Beach’s North Bay Road in July. Russell Weiner, the 46-year-old CEO and founder of Rockstar Energy Drink, bought a seven-bedroom mansion at 2920 North Bay Road, which was designed by architect Kobi Karp and built by Bart Reines Construction Management & Design in 2013. The 9,431-square-foot home was listed at $24.9 million with EWM Realty’s Esther Percal. It includes landscaped gardens, covered patios, a rooftop terrace, a wine cellar, a gym, a swimming pool and more than 160 feet of water frontage. Weiner, who has also dabbled in real estate, is worth about $3.6 billion and ranks 173rd on Forbes’ list of U.S. billionaires.

Hilda Maria Bacardi

The great-great-granddaughter of Bacardi founder Facundo Bacardí Massó wants to sell her newly finished waterfront estate for $27.3 million. Hilda Maria Bacardi (pictured here with fiancé William Scott Alger) first put her 12-bedroom mansion on the market for $18 million while it was still under construction — but now that it’s been completed, she’s hiked the price. Located at 300 Costanera Road in Coral Gables’ Cocoplum neighborhood, the 1.3-acre spread includes a 100-foot dock, 400 feet of waterfront, a swimming pool, a wine cellar and a catering kitchen, as well as a two-bedroom guesthouse. After an eight-year build, the 21,000-square-foot mansion is listed by Douglas Elliman’s Barbara Estela, Ysha Arteaga and Hilda Jacobson.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and home

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and home

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. paid $7.7 million for a newly built waterfront house on Miami Beach’s exclusive Pine Tree Drive. The five-division world champion (who’s now a boxing promoter) picked up the four-bedroom contemporary home, which is located at 5501 Pine Tree Drive, back in June. The property features an infinity pool with an LED lighting system, 80 feet of water frontage and a boat dock. Mayweather, who reportedly has a net worth between $400 and $650 million, showed off his new home purchase on Instagram — although he later took the post down.

Jim Clark

Internet entrepreneur Jim Clark is asking $137 million for his Mediterranean-style waterfront estate in Palm Beach. A co-founder of Netscape and other Silicon Valley companies, Clark is looking to sell the six-bedroom 1930s mansion, which features amenities such as an underground tunnel, a 20,000-bottle wine cellar and two elevators. Cristina Condon of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing for the estate, known as Il Palmetto, at 1500 South Ocean Boulevard. The asking price puts it among the 10 costliest listings in the country.

Hassen Whiteside and home

Hassen Whiteside and home

Hassan Whiteside

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, who recently signed a four-year, $98 million contract, plunked down $7.3 million for a waterfront home in Miami Beach. Whiteside bought the six-bedroom, 5,406-square-foot house at 528 Lakeview Court in June  — the same month he signed his contract. Built in 2014, the house features an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen, a swimming pool, a bar, a cabana and a guesthouse with a private entrance. A North Carolina native, Whiteside was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2010; he played for a number of teams abroad before joining the Heat in 2014.

Pharrell Williams

Producer and singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams sold his Brickell penthouse for $9.25 million. Williams, who had the unit on and off the market since 2012, finally sold the two-story condo at the Bristol, which is located at 2127 Brickell Avenue, in June. The five-bedroom penthouse has a Venetian plaster spiral staircase that leads up to a translucent dome, a rooftop terrace with a pool and summer kitchen, a home theater and a Pininfarina-designed kitchen. Dora Puig of Luxe Living Realty represented Williams.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne wants out of Miami Beach. After a number of so-called “swatting” incidents — that is, hoax phone calls aimed at bringing a SWAT team to the rapper’s home — the hip-hop star slashed the price of his Miami Beach mansion to $12 million. It was originally listed for $18 million in April 2015. Built in 2004, the unusual property features a shark lagoon, a rooftop skate park and a three-bedroom guesthouse with a professional recording studio. Ty Forkner of South Beach International Realty is listing the home at 94 La Gorce Circle.

Kevin James and home

Kevin James and home

Kevin James

Kevin James, best known for his lead role in the television sitcom the “King of Queens,” has sold his castle. After picking up the sprawling Delray Beach estate for $18.5 million in 2012, he unloaded it for $26.4 million this summer. The elaborate eight-bedroom Mediterranean-style mansion, which is located at 502 North Ocean Boulevard, has manicured gardens, walking paths, seven fireplaces, covered loggias and a 10-car garage. Yet its key selling point is a prime 2.8-acre parcel of beachfront. Jack Elkins of the Fite Group was the listing agent.

Trey Songz

Billboard Top-100 artist and music producer Trey Songz bought a unit at Related Group’s Brickell Heights in August. Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, toured the construction site with his friend Fortune International Realty agent Adriana Brito, who announced the sale on the developer’s Instagram account. She declined to disclose the details or price of the apartment, which will have access to a three-story Equinox gym and a café. Songz is known for such hit songs as “Bottoms Up,” “Neighbors Know My Name” and “Na Na.”

Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg, the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, paid $7.5 million this summer for a 4,420-square-foot house at 110 Wells Roadin Palm Beach, which is located just steps away from the ocean. Weinberg, who was also late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien’s band leader for nearly two decades, owns two nearby penthouses. His Mediterranean-style home features marble and hardwood floors, a backyard with loggias, a pool and spa, and a master suite with its own balcony.