Jennifer Lopez Old Florida Mansion

Robert Walsh


Everyone talks about Old Hollywood glamour, but there is also Old Miami glamour. When Miami Beach was first being created in the 1920s and the Causeway Islands were being built, the very rich and famous were building their winter vacation homes around Biscayne Bay with views of the then skimpy Miami skyline in the distance and the sunset across the ocean and bays. Gardens and grounds were on huge lots with Spanish architecture, open and covered terraces with archways, columns and tall palm trees leaning according to the direction of the prevailing breeze. The theme was very much like the famous Addison Mizner designed homes in Palm Beach.

In the mid 1920s, the La Gorce Country Club and its golf course were built with another series of mansions surrounding the golf course. The Miami neighborhood was well planned and located near the nightlife, restaurants, shops and hotels that promised the high-society residents and guests an elegant evening out or a day on the sand in Miami Beach for the ladies while the men were out golfing, sport fishing or perhaps even a bit of gambling and carousing. Entertaining was done often in the mansions as formal rooms were elegant, spilling out to terraces under the palms and moonlight, adding magic to tropical dinner parties and dances. La Gorce Country Club was where many of golf's legends played such as Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan. The golf course was restored by Jack Nicklaus in 1995.

Even before “Miami Vice,” Miami was home to famous and infamous celebrities such as Jackie Gleason and Al Capone. One of Miami's most famous and historic mansions was built in 1929 at the end of the 1920's Florida land boom. Once owned by Jennifer Lopez, it is now for sale asking $40 million. The home is Spanish style with large grounds, limestone tile floors, spa and pool overlooking the bay, gardens, koi pond, and the tall swaying palms that emphasize the tropical paradise vibe. J-Lo sold the home in 2005 for $13.9 million.

The home includes 12,183 square feet, large formal rooms, a series of terraces and balconies with seven bedrooms and thirteen bathrooms. It also has a stunning curved stairwell in the foyer with wrought iron bannister, theater, wine cellar and an elevator.

J-Lo’s old and stately Miami Beach mansion overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline is priced at $40 million. The listing agent is Nelson Gonzalez of EWM Realtors.

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