Last week, the Miami Beach Design Review Board approved Stuart Miller’s latest Star Island mega-mansion, a gigantic mashup of a Bond villain lair, the Batcave, a Balinese resort, and even the faint whiff of a brutalist office building thrown for sheer shock and awe. Located on a triple-lot consisting of 4,5, and 6 Star Island Drive, two of the three lots were once owned by notorious South Beach developer Thomas Kramer, where he once held bacchanalian parties on an estate boasting stripper poles on the dining table and a king-size bed equipped with bondage gear.
Designed by Domo Architecture, the main house and accessory buildings on Stuart Miller’s planned compound sprawl over the 2.8-acre site, ringing a massive, multilevel lagoon consisting of multiple swimming pools, with terraces, winding walkways, and lush tropical landscaping. There are extensive gardens everywhere, and even more pools on other parts of the property. There are two in the backyard, overlooking the bay, and a second-story plunge pool off the master suite. A rooftop terrace is accessed by one of two elevators on the property. The other elevator is in the guest house. Including the gym and spa pavilion, home office wing, guest house, bayfront cabana, and various lower-level storage spaces, but not the massive, open-air parking garage, the total square footage of the estate comes in at about 41,000 square feet. That’s the size of about fifteen to twenty typical American homes.
The executive chairman of Lennar, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, Miller grew up on the island and currently lives at 7 Star Island Drive. When not planning even more gigantic cookie-cutter Lennar suburbs, he enjoys his hobby of buying and selling properties on the island, which he has been doing for years. This isn’t the first gargantuan estate he’s planned on the island. In 2016, after a bit of a brouhaha with historic preservationists fighting to protect a noteworthy building already on the site, he secured approval for another modern mansion at 11 Star Island Drive. It would have also been designed by Domo, but Miller eventually sold the lot in 2020 to hedge fund honcho Ken Griffin.
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