Thursday July 7, 2005

Casa Casuarina

The Summer issue of Vive, an otherwise crappy womens’ magazine, has an interesting article (actually, it’s more of a photo spread) about the Ocean Drive Versace mansion we previously alluded to. Nothing interesting in the article beyond what New York Metro reported a year and a half ago.

Here comes (not that we were asking for it) South Beach’s answer to Soho House. Early next year, the Miami mansion formerly owned by Gianni Versace, who was shot and killed on its steps by Andrew Cunanan six years ago, will become Casa Casuarina, a members-only social club. Three years ago, telecom magnate Peter Loftin bought the mansion for $19 million, but it’s presumably too pricey to keep up as a home. “It will be a classy refuge from some of the craziness of Miami,” trills a mouthpiece. (We decided not to point out that classy, by definition, would necessitate a non-Miami Zip Code.) Perks will include food by Miami restaurateur Barton G., massages, and outdoor screenings. The founding committee and membership price are yet to be determined.

Update: How could we have missed this??

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  1. Hugh Hefner    Thu Jul 7, 10:00 AM #  

    It sounds lovely! I can’t wait!

  2. Donald Trump    Thu Jul 7, 10:02 AM #  

    Yeah whatever. I’d have done it better. And bigger, of course.

  3. Sal and Sol    Sat Jul 9, 04:25 PM #  

    Yich. If that’s class, make mine butter pecan.

  4. CLASS    Tue Jul 12, 12:53 PM #  

    Can’t speak for the rest, but personally, I’ve never visited the place and don’t intend to.

  5. c. bienvenu    Sat Jul 23, 01:32 AM #  

    i’ve been inside and it is simply divine!

  6. Divine    Sat Jul 23, 10:00 AM #  

    I love it. Of course, I’m French.