Florida is known as the “Sunshine State” for its nice all-around weather that stands in stark contrast to the one experienced by its neighbors up north where winter can be harsh and the cold can be biting. It has attracted celebrities and athletes, aside from the usual retirees who moved to the state for its great atmosphere, culture and weather.
You have a lot of options of where to stay if you move to this southeastern state. But, of course, if given a choice and if money is not an object, you might as well get the best home that one can buy. Here is a list of the top 10 most expensive homes in Florida.
1. 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 – $100 million
This is the iconic South Beach Mansion which once was owned by Gianni Versace. The house was built in 1930 and features 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The house measures 23,462 square feet. It faces the Atlantic Ocean and all the bedrooms are lavishly appointed with hand painted walls and ceiling frescoes. There is a large pool measuring 54 feet and decorated with mosaic tiles. The best selling point is that you will get a chance to live in the world famous Ocean Drive.
2. 12 Indian Creek Drive, Indian Creek, Florida 33154 – $45 million
The house was built in 2000 and features seven bedrooms and 11 baths. It measures 21,746 square meters. It stands on land that measures nearly two acres. It is right in front of Biscayne Bay. Aside from the ocean view, the house also has a view of the golf course. It has a theater, library, French country kitchen, elevator, seven-car garage, billiard room, gym, game room, wine cellar and yoga room. It also features an Infinity pool with a cabana house that has two baths, steam room and massage room
3. 5800 N. Bay Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 – $40 million
This house was built in 1929 and measures 12,153 square feet. It has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It is located right in front of the bay and is right smack in the middle of a forest of palm trees. The view across the bay features the iconic Miami skyline. There is a koi pond, two-storey foyer rotonda, vaulted ceiling, theater and wine cellar. The entire house is also equipped with a Tensui water purifier, Creston and Lutron systems and security doors. There is also a private terrace outside the master’s bedroom.
4. 17 Indian Creek Drive, Indian Creek, Florida 33154 – $38 million
This house was built in 2002 and measures 16,070 square feet. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. The house was designed in the classic Mediterranean style and sits on two acres of land that have been landscaped thoroughly and elegantly. The house has 250 feet of open bay frontage, meaning you will have a great view of downtown Miami from your bedroom window.
5. 42 La Gorce Cr, Miami Beach, Florida 33141 – $37 million
This house was built in 1998 and measures 16,977 square feet. The house has 11 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. It is located in the prestigious and gated La Gorce Island. Aside from the main house, there is also a guesthouse, staff apartment, guest apartment and a guard house right inside the property. There is also a fully equipped gym available. Aside from these, there are also three teak docks and there is enough room for a large yacht. There is also a lighted tennis court, a lagoon-style swimming pool, tiki bar, library, theater, safe room and garage that can accommodate up to five cars. The ceilings are hand painted with gold leaf accents and antiques and Versace furnitures decorate the interior of the house.
6. 5 Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 – $35 million
This house was built in 1996 and measures 11,980 square feet. It has nine bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The entire lot is around three quarters to one acre. It features a swimming pool, sauna and a dock for boats. As it is a waterfront property, the house affords its owners a view of the bay and easy access to the ocean. Air conditioning and heating are centralized.
7. 40 Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 – $35 million
This is an old house that was built in 1925. It measures 9,854 square feet and features seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. The entire lot measures two acres located in the guarded and gated Star Island. Both the main residence and the two guest houses are filled with old world charm and details with fine wood, marble, stone floors, fireplace and French doors. There is a dock, gazebo, entertainment area, swimming pool and fountains. It has great view of the bay and provides easy access to the ocean.
8. 30 Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139 – $32 million
This is a brand new house built in 2012. It measures 16,000 square feet and features 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. It has a modernist design with a sculpted hillside driveway to the floating entrance over a pond. It has high ceilings, elevator, theater, library, wet bar and gourmet modern kitchen. The master’s bedroom alone measures 1,800 square feet and features a separate second floor, pool, garden, gym, spa and rooftop deck. It’s like a home within a home.
9. 5050 N Bay Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 – $25 million
This house was built in 1936 and measures 8,517 square feet. It features 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. It offers an amazing open view of the bay and the skyline of downtown Miami. The long driveway has been elegantly landscaped. It has a media room, formal living and dining areas, courtyards and four separate guest suites.
10. 252 Bal Bay Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33154 – $25 million
This is a brand new house built in 2012. It features eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The lot measures between one to two acres. There is a swimming pool and boat facilities available. The waterfront property has a view of the ocean and easy access to the sea.