Live Like a Pop Star: J-Lo’s Former Miami Mansion for Sale

Monday May 12, 2014

We hear a lot about old Hollywood glamour, but this is old Miami glamour. When Miami Beach was first being developed in the mid 1920s and the causeway islands were being created, the rich and famous were building their winter mansions around the edge of Biscayne Bay with a view of the then meager skyline of Miami in the distance and the sunset across the water. Grounds and gardens were on large lots and the architecture was Spanish, with open covered terraces with columns and archways and tall palms leaning toward the direction of the prevailing breeze, like the Mitzner designed homes in Palm Beach.

In 1924, the La Gorce Country Club and its golf course were constructed, so another series of mansions circled around the course. The neighborhood was, and still is, well located in that it was next to all the shopping, hotels and nightlife that promised an elegant night out or a day on the beach for the ladies, while the men were out sport fishing. Entertaining was done often as formal rooms were large, and spilled out to terraces under the moonlight, adding tropical magic to dinner parties and dances. La Gorce was where many of golf's legends played such as Johnny Farrell, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead.

Once owned by Jennifer Lopez, at first sight of this waterfront mansion, it shouts, Old Florida -- when the living was laid back and easy. It's majestic and Spanish, with large grounds, pool and spa overlooking the bay, koi pond, gardens and above all, the tall swaying palms that emphasize the tropical paradise feeling.

Measuring in at 12,183 square feet, in addition to its large formal rooms and series of balconies and terraces, the home has seven bedrooms and thirteen baths. It also has an elevator and a stunning curved stairwell in the foyer with wrought iron banister. In addition, it has a theater, wine cellar, Tensui water purifier for the whole house and Lutron/Creston systems. The master suite has huge walk-in closets with security doors and a private terrace.

J-Lo's Old Florida Miami Beach mansion with boat dock overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline. Priced at $40 million.


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