The Jills Zeder Group recently closed on the magnificent waterfront estate at 37 Star Island Drive on Miami Beach’s highly exclusive Star Island for $35 million. Jill Eber, Jill Hertzberg, Felise Eber, and Fabio Lopes of The Jills Zeder Group represented the seller, Yale R. Brown, the president of IMS Ventures and the managing partner of Columbus Ventures. Kimberly Knausz with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Tawanda Roberts, a real estate agent with Florida Realty of Miami, represented the buyer, Rick Ross, a rapper and record executive.
The residence, which has an actual area of 12,374 square feet, is situated on a manicured 40,000-square-foot lot, featuring 100 feet of water frontage facing Biscayne Bay and boasting direct bay and ocean access. It features six bedrooms plus a beautiful office space, eight full bathrooms and one-half bathroom.
Elegant design and linear architectural details are featured throughout the home, plus custom millwork and use of rich woods, octagon-shaped ceiling accents with custom lighting, and oversized “Plaza Deck” terraces.
The security gated entrance leads to a long, grand stone paved driveway lined with soaring royal palms and lush gardens. A flowing water feature with fountains lines both sides of the entrance to the front door.
This impressive entry foyer greets with soaring 30-foot ceilings with a rotunda ceiling accent, while surrounding glass walls encase the foyer appearing to bring the outside water feature into the home. A custom hand-crafted winding mahogany-travertine staircase leads to a second-floor landing and seating area that overlooks the living room below and provides direct views to the pool and bay.
The oversized formal living room also features 30-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows streaming natural light, a custom-built fireplace with mahogany and burled wood accents, and direct access to a covered terrace with views to the pool and bay.
The chef’s kitchen offers granite countertops, a cooking and prep center island, top-of-the-line appliances and a large food pantry. A large butler’s pantry, a separate breakfast room and a spacious private dining room are adjacent to the kitchen.
Also on the first floor is an expansive entertainment/media room, an office den with rich mahogany paneled walls and beautiful custom detailed millwork, staff quarters with full bathroom, and full laundry room. There is three-phase power and a back stairwell/elevator shaft provisioned to add an interior elevator.
The spacious, first-floor principal suite features floor-to-ceiling windows with direct bay views and access to the pool deck, remote controlled black out/hurricane shutters, midnight wet bar, and spacious dual walk-in closets with custom built-ins. The gentlemen’s bathroom features travertine marble floors, a mahogany wood vanity and a large shared walk-in rain shower with steam that can be accessed from either side; the ladies’ bathroom boasts large slab marble floors, a bird’s eye maple vanity and mirror with inset lighting, mirrored ceiling and a Jacuzzi sunken spa tub.
On the second floor are four spacious guest suites, each featuring a full en-suite bathroom, high ceilings, walk-in closets and oversized “Plaza Deck” terraces. Two are east-facing and overlook the pool deck with direct views to the bay and South Beach; two are west-facing and overlook the front of the home and Downtown Miami.
Outdoor highlights include a large, covered terrace with al fresco dining tables leading to the pool; large heated pool featuring an automated pool cleaning system; covered summer kitchen/bar with TV, sink, BBQ; fountain, and Jacuzzi, surrounded by lush palms, tropical flowers, plants, and a Japanese Zen garden. A full cabana bathroom is located next to the pool.
A private 40-foot dock with an electric and water pedestal can accommodate a large vessel.
The home boasts a SOPREMA roof, and a 2-car air-conditioned garage with stain-resistant rubberized coated flooring and workshop space. Additional parking at the front of the home can accommodate multiple cars. An industrial 45-kilowatt natural gas generator can power the entire home.
The estate is in a prime location, just minutes to South Beach, fine dining and shopping, downtown Miami, cultural and sports venues, the Design District, Wynwood, and Miami International Airport. Star Island is one of Miami’s most exclusive neighborhoods with only about 30 homes in an ultra-private gated community.