A man-made island in Miami Beach, Star Island may be one of the smallest neighbourhoods in South Florida, but it is also one of the most exclusive. With just a few dozen houses, or mansions to be more accurate, dotted around the island, Star Island is home to a number of high profile celebrities, while boasting the magnificent views that Miami Beach is known for.
1 Star Island Drive
1 Star Island Drive is a rental property known as Nena’s Villa, and is owned by Cuban-born singer Gloria Estefan. Estefan herself lives just down the street, renting out this mansion for approximately $75,000 a month.
5 Star Island Drive
Owned by notorious property developer Thomas Kramer, 5 Star Island Drive is available for short term rentals and events. The mansion boasts thirteen bedrooms sprawled across 10,000 square feet, and features a state of the art home theatre, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, and a gorgeous pool area.
6 and 7 Star Island Drive
Lennar Homes CEO Stuart Miller owns a large amount of Star Island. In addition to 6 and 7 Star Island Drive, Miller is also the owner of numbers 10, 11, 22 and 23.
26 Star Island Drive
While 26 Star Island Drive used to be home to Shaquille O’Neal, it is now owned by Russian oligarch Vladislav Doronin. This 19,000 square foot house was built in 1992, and is worth over $16 million.
39 Star Island Drive
39 Star Island Drive has seen some truly legendary parties over the years, and it is no surprise when you discover who its owners are. This is where Gloria Estefan and producer Emilio, founders of the modern Miami sound, have called home since the Miami Vice era. The property was purchased by the couple in 1986 for $600,000 – definitely a solid investment!
44 Star Island Drive
This stately Monterey-styled mansion used to be the home of Rosie O’Donnell and has recently been the subject of debate, as the current owners wanted to demolish the historic property that dates back to 1935 to build a “Star Destroyer” styled home. Luckily, the plans were put on hold, and the historic mansion is still standing.
45 Star Island Drive
This property is owned by one of the Real Housewives of Miami and her husband, and, since the couple have their main house in Coral Gables, 45 Star Island Drive is up for rent. With over 10,000 square feet boasting nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms and a stunning pool, this mansion is the epitome of Miami Beach style.
Real estate on Star Island is considered to be some of the most valuable in all of South Florida, and it is easy to see why. Just having a Star Island Drive address grants you an elite status that others simply cannot compete with. Its proximity to South Beach is also handy, with boat access meaning that the idle zones and draw bridges of the roads are a thing of the past. With oversized waterfront mansions, each expertly designed, decorated and finished, a home on Star Island is certainly something to aspire to.