Miami Beach Star Island Auction!
Carl G. Fisher was an Indiana promoter and entrepreneur who was responsible for much of the development of Miami Beach in the early 1900s.
Fisher loved cars and car travel and opened the first car dealership in the country, promoted coast-to-coast and north-to-south highways and made the majority of his fortune by investing in automobile headlights. Fisher was drawn to the warmth of the sunshine and mild climate of Florida and in its developmental infancy, he saw the possibility for investment opportunities when original developers such as John Collins ran out of money.
Fisher stepped in and built the first bridge from Miami to Miami Beach and financed the creation of residential islands connected to the bridges, now called causeways.
He also built the Miami Yacht Club on the 86-acre Star Island which he later turned into his personal residence.
Today, Star Island, which is accessed by the southernmost MacArthur Causeway that ends in South Beach, is a popular celebrity enclave and has been or is currently home to Gloria Estefan, Rosie O’Donnell, and Shaquille O’Neal among others.
Listed in early 2017 at $65 million, the former Fisher mansion will go to auction on January 31st.
With more than 40 rooms and updated several times since Fisher’s days, the home includes 10 bedrooms, 12 baths and a two-story spacious formal living room with intricately worked ceiling and surrounded by second-story balconies and bay views.
Also included are a formal dining room, private family rooms, a large contemporary chef’s kitchen that opens to outdoor dining, a 3,000-bottle wine cellar, three offices and two separate staff living areas currently used by a full-time staff of five employees.
The 1.5 acre grounds include 255 feet of bay frontage, two private docks, a boat lift, swimming pool and cabana.
Historic Star Island estate of pioneer Miami Beach developer Carl Fisher was listed at $65 million, now going to no reserve auction on January 31st.