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If you believe, as many Miami Beach residents do, that historically significant structure like this should to be protected, you can spread the word on your blog or social media page - share our infographic! Also, you may show your support by signing the petition on Change.org, or by liking the Facebook page. By doing so, you can prove to City Officials there truly are millions of people dedicated to protecting the important homes that contribute to Miami Beach’s culture.

The Rise & Fall

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The Rise & Fall of a Miami Beach Historical Home
A Miami Beach treasure was recently destroyed. The mansion, located at 42 Star Island Drive, was first built in 1925 by Walter DeGarmo, a famous local architect. However, the home would exist in relative obscurity until the release of Brian de Palma’s Al Pacino-led film “Scarface” in 1983. Urban legend holds that 42 Star Island Drive appeared as Tony Montana’s home in the film, earning it a special place in the heart of cinephiles and Miami locals alike. After a lengthy campaign spearheaded by fans and historical preservationists, the home was actually named a historically significant structure.

Fame Isn’t a Shield Against Time
Despite its status, fame, and placement among the houses of celebrities like Sean Combs, Rosie O’Donnell, and Shaquille O’Neal, the 30 years since the release of “Scarface” have not been kind to this landmark. Eventually, the palatial estate fell into disrepair and disarray. After owners were unable to keep up with the home’s constant need for repairs and updates, the home was finally foreclosed upon. In 2013, it was sold at a foreclosure auction for a paltry $7.6 million. For a while, this was just the helping hand Tony Montana’s mythical home needed. The home continues to be featured on city tours and is thought of as an important monument in the Miami Beach community. However, it seems not everyone is quite so enthralled by the estate.

Arrival of the Boob King
Unfortunately, the benefactor Miami Beach residents thought would save the landmark turned out to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Leonard Hochstein, a locally famous plastic surgeon also known as the Boob King and his wife Lisa Hochstein, star of “The Real Housewives of Miami,” bought the home only to implement near immediate plans to destroy it. In place of this historical landmark, the couple want to build a mansion, measuring in at 20,000 sq. ft. The behemoth will have six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a home theater, game room, wine cellar, and a garage large enough to fit five vehicles. Oh, and don’t forget about the guest house.

Now, you might be asking yourself how this is possible. After all, doesn’t the original home have protection as a historically significant structure? While that status generally grants protection against demolition, the Boob King and his cohorts took advantage of a loophole in Miami Beach’s preservation laws. Since Star Island is not a “designated historical zone,” the claim that 42 Star Island’s current structure has historical protection is void.

Miami Beach Residents Aim to Misbehave
Miami Beach residents did not take the Hochsteins’ plan to wipe the building from the annals of history lying down. Neighbors and preservationists fought valiantly against the demolition. However, after the City Council rejected their pleas to spare the home, most agreed that the cause is likely lost, and, unfortunately, the famous mansion is was recently demolished.

That being said, there is still time and hope for other historic Miami Beach Homes.
If you believe, as many Miami Beach residents do, that historically significant structure like this should to be protected, you can spread the word on your blog or social media page - share our infographic! Also, you may show your support by signing the petition on Change.org, or by liking the Facebook page. By doing so, you can prove to City Officials there truly are millions of people dedicated to protecting the important homes that contribute to Miami Beach’s culture.

 

This magnificent 1920's Villa is one of the many architecturally restored homes found on Miami Beach. This grand two-story residence on Prairie Avenue sits on a 10,000 + S.F lot and features an expansive interior with entry foyer, landscaped ground with a a private backyard, heated pool and spacious deck. Featuring a Master Suite with sitting room, plus two bedrooms and two and a half baths in the Main house & one bedroom and one bath in a separate guest house- the unique, charming home showcases its dynamic architecture with details such as rich tapestries of vintage Mosaic & wood floors, a traditional fireplace, high ceilings and arched paneled windows throughout. The home 1st level plan includes Living room, Florida room, lounge and bar room, office space, laundry and a terrace for an inviting oasis for entertaining.

 

Miami Beach real estate affords homeowners the unique opportunity to experience both an amazing year-round climate as well as a wealth of cultural experiences – often at the same time! Arts in the Parks is a program sponsored by Miami Beach that brings cultural events to the community, all for FREE. It’s a fantastic way to take part in the rich, cultural diversity of the region as well as bask in South Florida’s luxuriously temperate Mediterranean climate.

Films on the Beach

Arts in the Parks in currently sponsoring a program called Films on the Beach. The City of Miami Beach has partnered with the French Embassy Cultural Services, the Miami Beach Cinematheque, and Tigertail’s FLA-FRA Festival to bring residents the first annual outing of the festival that will feature outdoor screenings of French films subtitled in English. Films will be screened at SoundScape (500 17th Street), and meals from a local French restaurant will be available for purchase to complete the experience. Upcoming films include:

  • JULES AND JIM – Thursday, April 24th @ 8pm. Directed by celebrated French filmmaker Francois Truffaut in 1962, the film stars Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre.
  • A CAT IN PARIS – Thursday, May 8th @ 8pm. This film was released in 2010, directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli and stars Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone, and Jean Benguigui.
  • THE RABBI’S CAT – Thursday, May 15th @ 8pm. Also part of the Miami Jewish Film Festival, this film was released in 2011, was directed by Joann Sfar and Anotione Delesvaux and stars Francois Morel, Maurice Benichou, and Hafsia Herzi.

SoundScape Cinema Series

As if Films on the Beach wasn’t enough, there are many more opportunities to experience free films in Miami Beach, both at the North Shore Park Bandshell (7275 Collins Avenue) and the Miami Beach SoundScape ExoStage (corner of 17th Street and Washington Avenue). Upcoming free films at each location include:

North Shore Park Bandshell

  • April 25th @ 8pm – Monster House (PG)
  • May 2nd @ 8pm – The Hunger Games (PG-13)

ExoStage

  • Wednesday, April 23rd @ 8pm – Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Wednesday, April 30th @ 8pm – Annie (sing along version from 1982)
  • Wednesday, May 7th @ 8pm – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Wednesday, May 14th @8pm – Thor: The Dark World
  • Wednesday, May 21st @ 8pm – Iron Man 3
  • Wednesday, May 28th @ 8pm – World War Z

International Jazz Day Concert

Did you know that Wednesday, April 30th, is International Jazz Day? Celebrate this annual world holiday by attending the International Jazz Day Concert at 7:30pm. The concert will take place in Collins Park and 2100 Collins Avenue and is FREE. The concert features multiple Grammy-winning drummer Will Calhoun, accompanied on piano by Marc Cary and on bass by Charnett Moffett. Miami’s own Araya-Orta Quartet will also perform. The event will be hosted by Michael Valentine of WDNA. Come on out and join the fun!

More Information about Arts in the Parks

To learn more about all the wonderful free community programs sponsored by Arts in the Park, please visit http://www.mbculture.com/.

 

Miami Beach luxury real estate doesn’t get any better than the gorgeous homes located on Star, Palm, and Hibiscus Islands. These exclusive island communities are accessible via the MacArthur Causeway and situated between Miami Beach and downtown Miami. Homes on these exclusive islands are some of the best found in the Miami area, and many celebrities own properties in these highly desirable neighborhoods.

History of the Islands

In 1922, the Army Corps of Engineers completed dredging which created the reclaimed land on which Star, Palm and Hibiscus Islands was built. By the 1930s, these islands began attracting celebrities, who enjoyed the exclusivity and fabulous views that the islands offered. In the 1940s and 1950s, Palm and Hibiscus Island became the site of the Famous Latin Quarter Nightclub which attracted such big-name stars as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Star Island

Star Island is a man-made island in Biscayne Bay, lying east of Palm and Hibiscus Islands and south of the Venetian Islands. Some of the most recognizable names in music, sports and entertainment live or have lived on Star Island, including Kanye West, Rosie O’Donnell, Shaquille O’Neal, Don Johnson and Gloria Estefan. The island is comprised of ultra-luxurious waterfront homes that range in price from $19 million to upwards of $40 million. The island has a secure and private 24-hour guard gated entrance on the south side of the community. One oval road serves the island and there is no public access to the water.

Palm Island

Palm Island stands with Star Island and Hibiscus Island as one of the most exclusive communities in Miami Beach. Miami Beach real estate found on Palm Island runs the gamut. Here you’ll find estates in a range of architectural styles including Art Deco, Mediterranean, and Miami Modern. Most of the homes on the island are located on the waterfront, some with over 90 feet of frontage. Palm Island is a great community for those that love boating, with many homeowners owning yachts. Several dry lot homes are also available. Homes are priced from $1.3 million to upwards of $15 million.

Palm Island is connected to Hibiscus Island. Both islands have 24-hour guard-gated security. They share facilities such as a children’s playground, racquetball courts, lighted tennis courts and a basketball court.

Hibiscus Island

Hibiscus Island lies directly to the north of Palm Island and west of Star Island. The island is accessible through Palm Island and is guard-gated 24 hours a day. Hibiscus Island is perhaps most well-known as being the former home of notorious gangster Al Capone. Today the island features primarily waterfront homes with stunning views of downtown Miami and the Miami Beach skyline. Residents enjoy direct ocean access and deep water dockage for yachts, making it a perfect location for boating enthusiasts. Homes on Hibiscus Island begin at just over $1 million and range upwards of $40 million.

More Information

For more information about the Miami Beach luxury real estate found on Star, Palm and Hibiscus Islands, please click here to contact the Kleer Team. We can help you find your dream Miami Beach home today!

 

Miami Beach has become a popular place to call home for families with children. In fact, owners of Miami Beach real estate know that Miami has a wealth of great schools and other wonderful resources for children. One of those local gems is the Miami Children’s Museum. If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, or a way to pass the time during school vacations, why not take a trip to this fun destination for kids and parents alike!

About the Miami Children’s Museum

The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) has a mission to enrich the lives of all kids by instilling in them a love of learning and providing opportunities for them to realize their highest potential. The museum offers wonderful interactive exhibits, programs and learning materials about the arts, culture, community, and communication. It’s a fun place for kids to learn all about our world!

The museum is open every day from 10am to 6pm, except Thanksgiving, and Christmas (with shorter hours on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day). MCM is located at 980 MacArthur Causeway, easily reached from both downtown Miami and Miami Beach. Admission prices are as follows:

  • General admission - $16
  • Florida residents - $12
  • Children under one year – FREE
  • Members – FREE
  • Military personnel and veterans – FREE with 50% off admission for their families

Parking is located on the south side of Watson Island and is $1 per hour, seven days a week. In addition to the museum facilities, there are also outdoor exhibits and dining areas, a Subway restaurant, and an educational gift shop.

Special Programs and Exhibits

There is always something fun and interesting going on at the museums! Some upcoming and ongoing programs include:

  • Castle of Dreams – climb through a two-story sand castle and see sands from all over the world!
  • Bank – take a tour through a six foot piggy bank, make your own bills, and learn all about money!
  • Health & Wellness Center – learn about healthy habits, good nutrition and how exercise keeps our bodies and minds fit.
  • Pet Central – learn how to care for your pets at home and at the vet clinic – even pick the best pet for your family!
  • Ocean Odyssey – explore the mysteries of the deep and look inside the 900 gallon marine tank.
  • Meet Miami – imagine living in different time periods and neighborhoods as you explore all of Miami’s diverse cultures.

Sensory Saturday

One Saturday every month from 9am to 11am, the museum turns into an environment designed just for kids with special needs. Doors are closed to the public to avoid large crowds, and modified lighting and sound adjustments are made. Cool down rooms are provided where kids can relax, and special programming is available including yoga, art, and music therapy. Admission is at a reduced rate and attendance is limited; registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, please email sensorysaturday@miamichildrensmuseum.org.

More Information

To learn all about the fantastic opportunities available at the Miami Children’s Museum, including their Free Fridays program, please visit http://www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/.

 

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