Casa Casuarina was built in 1930 by Alden Freeman (Rockfeller‘s Family), after several owners and hundred of tenants, in 1992 GianniVersace bought the Villa with 24 apartments (now 10 suites) and he spent more than 30 million USD to renovate it. The renovations took almost 3 years to complete and in July 15, 1997, only 5 yrs after purchasing the home, Versace was killed on the front steps of the house on his usual morning walk home from News Cafe.
In addition to Gianni Versace, the house was also used by his many close friends and family members. His brother Santo’s bedroom is now called the Venus Room, his sister Donatella’s bedroom is the SignatureSuite. Some contents of when Versace lived here were auctioned in New York City in April of 2001 for a reported $28 million. What still remains here from the Versace “era” are the richly decorated walls, floors, ceilings, and windows, as well as the pool, garden, and the entire south wing.
Miami Beach’s most exceptional experience waits for you at The Villa Casa Casuarina, inside the former Versace Mansion, where unparalleled service and elegant style are sure to please the most discriminating travelers. Luxuriate in one of the Villa’s 10 custom guest suites featuring king sized beds or custom double king beds, custom Italian marble oversized bathrooms with two shower heads, expansive closet space, separate living rooms or sitting areas and balconies or patios. Guests can find respite inside the walls of 19,000-square-foot villa or venture steps from the property to enjoy fine dining, shopping and entertainment. The Villa Casa Casuarina is your oasis in SouthBeach.