A triplex penthouse that was once Miami’s most expensive listing just sold at a 27% discount after 6 years on the market. Take a look inside.

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The penthouse offers stunning views of South Beach and downtown Miami.

  • Real-estate developer Ian Bruce Eichner sold his Miami Beach penthouse for $35 million after 6 years on the market, per the WSJ.
  • The 11,031-square-foot condo occupies three floors at the top of a 42-story tower.
  • I toured the penthouse in May 2019, when it was the priciest listing in Miami-Dade County.
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Real-estate developer Ian Bruce Eichner has sold his three-level Miami Beach penthouse for $35 million, six years after he put it on the market, Candace Taylor reported for The Wall Street Journal.

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The 11,031-square-foot condo, at the top of the 42-story Continuum tower in the South of Fifth neighborhood, was Eichner’s personal penthouse. He first put it on the market it in 2015, and it was most recently listed for $39.9 million, per the Journal.

Eichner, who founded the Continuum Company, finished the Continuum condo in the early 2000s. 

Before selling it, Eichner had been renting out the penthouse for up to $200,000 per month, the developer told the Journal. 

In May 2019, I got a tour of the Continuum penthouse, which was then the most expensive condo for sale in Miami-Dade County, listed at $48 million.

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The final sale price was a roughly 27% discount from its 2019 asking price.

When I visited, the penthouse was listed with Eloy Carmenate and Mick Duchon of Douglas Elliman. Both agents are now at Corcoran and held the listing there, according to the Journal. 

 

During my visit, my first look at the triplex penthouse was the grand entryway.

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During my tour, I found that the living room, pictured below, was decorated in neutrals with black and gold accents.

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The formal dining room stuck to the white-and-marble theme.

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The eat-in kitchen has stainless-steel appliances and marble countertops to match the floors …

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… as well as three ovens and a built-in espresso machine.

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The penthouse has seven bedrooms, each of which has floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views.

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This bedroom opens up to a long terrace that connects to the master suite.

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In the master suite, wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows fill the room with sunlight and open up to views of the ocean.

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A private terrace off the suite overlooks South Beach and downtown Miami.

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It also offers views of Fisher Island, the richest ZIP code in the US, where the average income is $2.2 million and the beaches have sand imported from the Bahamas.

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The master bathroom features marble floors, double vanities, and large mirrors.

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A marble soaking tub overlooks the ocean.

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The bathroom also has a walk-in double shower and its own small terrace.

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And then there’s the penthouse’s main terrace, a massive 6,091-square-foot outdoor space.

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Among the home’s other amenities is a screening room.

The penthouse also has a private pool, which sits on the level above the main terrace and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

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Eichner, who’s based in New York City, told the Journal that he was looking for another vacation home in the Miami area.

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Inside Miami’s exclusive, high-security ‘Billionaire Bunker,’ where Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen paid $17 million for a mansion they’re planning to demolish

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The island’s residents are protected by a private 13-person police force that patrols the perimeter from the water and by land.

It’s been called the “Billionaire Bunker” and one of the “wealthiest, private, most secure communities in Miami Beach and the world.”

Indian Creek is a village of about 42 people on a tiny private island in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. Its “Billionaire Bunker” moniker stems from its wildly wealthy and high-profile residents, including billionaire investor Carl Icahn, supermodel Adriana Lima, and Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.

In the past couple of months, the island has gained some new high-profile residents, including Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. The seven-time Super Bowl winner and his supermodel wife paid $17 million for a mansion on Indian Creek that they’re planning to tear down and replace with a new, eco-friendly mansion, Page Six reported in December.

The news of Brady and Bundchen’s purchase followed reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had dropped $32 million on a waterfront lot on the exclusive island, which Insider reported on last year when Julio Iglesias put it up for sale.

In 2019, Insider got a tour of the island from Nelson Gonzalez, a luxury realtor and the senior vice president of EWM Realty International. Here’s what it’s like on the exclusive, high-security island.

Indian Creek is a village of about 40 residents on a tiny private island in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

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It’s been nicknamed the “Billionaire Bunker.”

The village’s 34 homes are built around the perimeter of the island, giving them all waterfront views. The center is occupied by an 18-hole golf course and a country club.

“Indian Creek is an exclusive 300-acre island located on the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay and recognized as one of the wealthiest, private, most secure communities in Miami Beach, and the world,” Michael Light, the founder of Miami Luxury Homes and senior director of luxury sales at Douglas Elliman, wrote on his website.

In May 2019, when I got an exclusive tour of Indian Creek Village, I arrived at the island in an Uber. We were stopped at the guardhouse before even getting on the island.

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My name was on a list of expected guests, so I didn’t have a problem getting in.

Indian Creek’s police department monitors the only entrance to the island.

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The headquarters of the Indian Creek Village Police.

The island is protected by a private 13-person police force, according to my tour guide, Nelson Gonzalez, a luxury realtor and the senior vice president of EWM Realty International.

The force even patrols the perimeter of the island from the water.

Indian Creek Village is only accessible by car. A single bridge spans the waterway from Surfside.

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After we drove across the bridge, I was dropped off in the driveway of one of the island’s opulent mansions.

Homes in Indian Creek are rarely up for sale. At the time of my visit, there was only one house on the market: an eight-bedroom, Mediterranean-style mansion for $24 million.

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I was able to take a tour and photograph the home because it’s for sale, but I wasn’t allowed to take photos of any other houses on the island.

The house sold for $17 million in April 2020.

Though it was the only one on the market when I visited, houses in the village have been known to sell without being officially listed.

In February 2019, an Indian Creek estate that wasn’t officially on the market sold for $50 million, breaking the record for the most expensive single-family home sold in the Miami area.

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It was the second time the home broke that record, after selling for $47 million in 2012, Insider’s Lina Batarags previously reported.

A pristine 18-hole golf course spans the center of the island.

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The island’s residents are protected by a private 13-person police force that patrols the perimeter from the water and by land.

The Indian Creek Golf Course is one of the prime golf courses in Florida, according to the website Top 100 Golf Courses.

“This is not one of the most accessible venues for the visiting golfer, so you’ll need to befriend a member to tee it up on the classical William S. Flynn-designed course here at Indian Creek, which dates back to the 1930s,” the website reads.

I wasn’t allowed to get out of the car and walk around the island, so I took photos through the windows.

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Gonzalez told me that the island is high-security and that the residents are very concerned with privacy. I spotted one of the private police cars patrolling the island about two minutes into my tour.

The island has just one street, Indian Creek Island Road. It’s bordered by lavish homes on one side and the perfectly manicured golf course on the other.

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Most of the village’s homes sit behind gates, partially shrouded from view by palm trees.

High-profile investors, Russian billionaires, professional coaches, models and singers, and even US senators have called Indian Creek Village home.

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An Indian Creek Village home in 2001.

Among the wealthy people who have owned homes on the island are supermodel Adriana Lima, former Sears CEO Eddie Lampert, and now, NFL star Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen.

One of the island’s most famous residents is the singer Julio Iglesias, who owns several properties on the island, Gonzalez told me.

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An Indian Creek Village home belonging to Iglesias, photographed in 2001.

It’s one of his parcels that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are said to have bought for $32 million.

In 2017, Iglesias was asking for $150 million for four contiguous vacant lots he owns on the island. Together, the properties would offer 800 feet of water frontage.

The singer and actor Ricky Martin also lived on the island at one point, but it’s unclear whether he still does.

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Martin’s house in Indian Creek, pictured in 2001.

His home is “quite small compared to the houses of the area,” according to Getty.

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn also calls the village home.

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Icahn paid $7.5 million for his 14,000-square-foot Indian Creek vacation home in 1997, according to Forbes.

Yet another notable resident of Indian Creek was Don Shula, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

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Shula at his home in Indian Creek Village.

Shula, who died in May 2020, and his wife lived in a sprawling white house on the island for more than 20 years.

The Indian Creek Country Club, a sprawling Mediterranean-style structure, sits on the island’s southwest shore.

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“The Indian Creek Country Club is Miami-Dade County’s most exclusive, and controversial, private society,” Gus Garcia-Roberts wrote in the Miami New Times in 2011.

The clubhouse includes a swimming pool, a fitness center, a massage and steam room, locker rooms, a bridge room, and a marina. It was built in 1929 by Maurice Fatio, the architect who designed many of the most famous estates in Palm Beach.

Next to the clubhouse is a massive banyan tree.

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Florida is one of the only places in North America where banyan trees, which are native to tropical Asia, can be found.

After my tour, I was driven back out of Indian Creek Village.

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While I’d expected a degree of security on the private island, I didn’t expect it to be quite at that level, from the 13-person private police force to the screening at the guarded gatehouse to the ban on setting foot outside the car or taking photos of the homes.

The island is really small — the driving tour took at most 20 minutes, and that was moving slowly with frequent stops.

The most telling detail of my short time on the island is that I don’t remember seeing a single civilian on the street or in the yards, but I saw at least two members of the police force.

So while the level of security is definitely, and understandably, a draw to wealthy residents, I found it to be a bit of a deserted island.

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Peter Thiel bought this Miami compound on an exclusive manmade island for $18 million – see inside

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel bought an $18 million Miami property in September, Becky Peterson at Insider reported.

Public records show that Thiel bought the property from the former chief executive of Ford Motor Company, Jacques Nasser, through an LLC called Atlantic View Holdings.

Read more: Peter Thiel bought an $18 million island estate in Miami that was once featured on MTV’s ‘The Real World’

The waterfront property comprises two homes that span a combined 10,041 square feet, as well as two outdoor swimming pools and a private boat dock, according to the Multiple Listing Service.

It sits on the manmade Venetian Islands in Biscayne Bay. The 72-year-old Nasser, who was Ford’s CEO from 1999 to 2001, bought both homes in 2005 for $5 million, per Mansion Global. Before it was acquired by Nasser, the house was the site of the 1996 season of MTV’s “The Real World: Miami.” 

Thiel, who was a co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and sits on the board of Facebook, bought the property for slightly less than the original $19.9 million listing price from July.

Take a look at the sprawling waterfront compound. 

The 72-year-old former chief executive for Ford Motor Company sold his Miami compound for $18 million, Mansion Global reported.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

The sale, which closed in late September, was the most expensive transaction on Miami’s Venetian Islands — a chain of artificial islands in Biscayne Bay — at the time, per Mansion Global.

The compound was listed for $19.9 million.

The Venetian Islands – which straddle the cities of Miami and Miami Beach – is made up of six exclusive manmade islands: Biscayne Island, San Marco Island, San Marino Island, Di Lido Island, Rivo Alto Island, and Belle Isle.

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The Venetian Islands.

Nasser’s former compound sits on Rivo Alto Island.

Jacques Nasser bought the home in 2005 for $5 million, four years after he retired from Ford, per Mansion Global.

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Nasser in Germany in 2001.

He served as the CEO of Ford Motor Company from 1999 to 2001.

The Venetian Islands property has parking space for four cars.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

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The two homes span a combined 10,041 square feet of living space.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

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The listing photos show two spacious and airy living areas.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

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One of the kitchens appears to be outfitted in white marble.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

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The other is decked out with wood paneling.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

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One of the bedrooms features a wall of glass with views of the water.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

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Like many Miami homes, Nasser’s former compound has plenty of outdoor living space as well.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

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Two outdoor swimming pools overlook the bay.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

Source: Luxe Living Realty

The home’s listing agent, Dora Puig, declined to comment on the identity of the buyer who snapped up the property that Nasser owned for 15 years. Public records seen by Insider revealed Thiel as the buyer.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

Source: Luxe Living Realty

The compound’s $18 million price tag is not unusual in the ritzy Venetian Islands.

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Peter Thiel’s Miami property.

On the same island, a six-bedroom estate is listed for $23 million. And on nearby San Marco Island, a 15,000-square-foot waterfront mansion was asking $34 million. 

Keith Rabois, Thiel’s colleague at the Founders Fund venture capital firm, bought a $29 million mansion on the island in December, just a 20 minute walk from Thiel’s property.

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Keith Rabois is a venture capitalist who made early investments in companies like DoorDash and Airbnb.

Source: WSJ

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