(Main image and all images courtesy of Casa Casuarina, LLC as sourced Via Forbes)
The iconic designer Gianni Versace made his career off of designing exquisite luxury, and so when it came to his sprawling abode he spared no frill, marble work or gold gilding. The now deceased designer’s 23, 400 square foot home had been a high-end boutique hotel since 2000, and last week Peter Loftin the mansion’s owner put the estate up for sale. At $125 million, it is tied with L.A.’s Fleur de Lys estate for the most expensive home currently on the market in the U.S.
While many will disagree – hopefully – over the décor of the palace (we will get into that below), none will argue over the obvious value of Versace’s Miami Beach mega Italian villa with unobstructed ocean views. Officially called, ‘Casa Casuraina, LLC’ Versace made sure the wealth he invested into his ostentatious abode was made perfectly visible, and this should bode well when receiving his full asking price.
Let’s discuss the mansion’s obvious value markers first.
· The Location. The property sits on Miami’s water front, making it an ideal trophy property for beach lovers.
· The mansion has 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms that have fresco-adorned ceilings.
· The manse has an observatory for viewing the stars, or checking out studs on the beach.
· The manse’s ‘golden pool’ is decorated with mosaic tiling and 24 karat gold.
· The estate has gorgeous gardens, and mosaic path walkways.
Here are some pictures of the property’s highlights (all courtesy of Casa Casuarina, LLC as sourced Via Forbes)
Don’t get me wrong, the palatial estate belonging to one of the 21st century’s greatest artists, is in the top one percent of homes based off of indisputable property value. The pool drew a gasp out of me, and the entry way was delightfully grand.
However, I was just a little shocked at some of the room’s interior designs which Versace designed with a ‘different fantastic theme.’ Here are some images of those rooms:
First Photo: Besides its high-luxury attempts, that brown crushed velvet bedspread is vomit inducing. And the cock-eye hung drapes are scary and oppressive, as is the dark, heavy wood armoire up against the baby blue mural.
Second Photo: just what is that man in the corning doing so covertly? Playing a lute? Text messaging? I hope it is so innocent.
All in all, Versace was a genius clothing designer but his interior design skills are frighteningly tacky. I hope whomever buys this opulent abode has a penschant for quills and lutes.