Put another hit on Douglas Cramer's long list of succcesses. The storied TV producer behind Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, The Brady Bunch and more just bought a waterfront home in Morningside for $8.1 million, marking the mansion as the most expensive ever to be sold in the Miami neighborhood.
According to a report by The Real Deal, the luxurious house at 5901 North Bayshore Drive previously belonged to the Boies Schiller Flexner law firm partner Bruce Alan and his wife Leslie Lara Weil. In 1995, Weil paid $475,000 for the home, but the couple's extensive renovations and expansions helped bump the price a few million. The couple, represented by EWM Realty, listed their property this fall for $9 million with Nelson Gonzalez of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.
Built in 1942, the 4,616-square-foot home sits on a lot of more than 30,000-square-feet. The four bedroom estate features 100 square feet of water frontage with a dock, a large backyard and a cabana house, an outdoor bar, a cabana bath, and an impressive front-yard with a long driveway. The master suite includes vaulted ceilings, a modern bath, custom walk-in closets and an immense covered terrace.
The modernized, transitional-style mansion in Miami’s historic and guard-gated Morningside neighborhood is favored for its tree-lined boulevards. It affords Cramer and his husband Hugh Bush privacy, glorious sunrises and sweeping bay views.
The TV mogul, who has worked for Paramount Television and Spelling Television, was worth an estimated $300 million at the height of his career. Cramer is also one of America's leading collectors of contemporary art. Works from his collections, including pieces by Roy Lichtenstein, have been shown at some of the leading art museums in the United States. He was a co-founder of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, where he spearheaded art auctions. He's donated hundreds of major artworks to museums, including works by Andy Warhol to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where he has been a member of the board since 1993.
Cramer once owned numerous enviable estates around the world, but has since scaled back to Manhattan, Martha's Vineyard and Roxbury, where he recently lived with his husband, who is also an artist.
The $8.1 million sale beats a 2013 record of $6.4 million for 5701 North Bayshore Drive. The Morningside neighborhood is north of Bay Point, where a waterfront property sold for $5.7 million in November. Read more about the home via The Real Deal.