May 24, 2017
By Robyn A. Friedman | January 26, 2017 | Home & Real Estate
The $25 million former home of rocker Lenny Kravitz hits the block on Sunset Island.
The resort-like estate evokes the feeling of a Moorish villa on the Mediterranean, with a saltwater pool surrounded by tropical vegetation.
A 12,000-square-foot mansion on Sunset Island II in Miami Beach still bears a few distinctive touches left behind by its famous former owner. Currently it’s the home of real estate developer Stephen Muss (noted for purchasing the legendary Fontainebleau Miami Beach out of bankruptcy in 1978), but he bought it for $14.5 million from singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer Lenny Kravitz. “Lenny bought a beautiful home, but it was just walls,” says Jill Hertzberg, part of the real estate team known as “The Jills” (with Jill Eber) at Coldwell Banker. “He created ambiance by importing tiles and woods. He made the house more of a home.” And increased its value from the $8.95 million for which he purchased it in 2001.
Kravitz furnished the six-bedroom, seven-full-and-three-half-bath home with his own furniture collection, which Hertzberg describes as “exquisite.” Muss opted for a new look, however, and hired the interior design firm Holmes Newman & Partners to give it a makeover. “Now there’s an elevator and a beautiful guest bathroom,” Hertzberg says. “They literally redid the house.” But Kravitz’s imprint remains—on a refrigerator featuring his hand-drawn doodles done in Sharpie and in a chandelier he designed and created that hangs at the top of the stairs. The Mediterranean-style residence, which sits on a 25,000-square-foot lot just off Biscayne Bay, has 125 feet of water frontage as well as its own private beach. It also features a saltwater pool and Jacuzzi and a private boat dock.
At the top of the stairs hangs a chandelier that Kravitz designed and created himself.
“Because the house is not directly on the ocean, they wanted it to feel like you’re on an island, so they created a beach,” says Hertzberg. “They actually brought in white sand and put in huge birdcages with beautiful birds inside.” Indoors, a generous master suite, with a sitting room, a master bath, and an oversize terrace, has views of the bay and pool. In addition, the estate boasts a movie theater, a meditation garden, a gym, and a guest house. “You’re walking into something that’s really timeless,” says Eber. “It has a Moorish/Mediterranean feeling. Even though everything is updated and spectacular, you almost think you’re going to hear ‘As Time Goes By’ from Casablanca.”
Sunset Island is a guarded island that provides residents with privacy but lies conveniently near the heart of Miami Beach. Eber says she and Hertzberg recently sold a vacant lot nearby for $25 million. “This is a very sexy home,” Hertzberg says. “With the way it’s set up and the way the master suite has a large steam, sauna, and bathtub room and fireplace, it has an ambiance that’s very seductive. That’s why Lenny and Steve liked it.” 1800 W. 25th St., Miami Beach
PHOTOGRAPHY BY FELIPE ARIANO