As one of the most beautiful cities in South Florida, our beloved Miami city has been home to many wealthy individuals. With its abundant sunshine, breathtaking architecture, and gorgeous beaches, it’s no wonder it has been attracting elite residents for decades. Today, all historic Miami mansions share the legacy of these legends with us.
By now, you must have toured the highlights of Miami and Miami Beach. Visiting one of these Miami historic places is highly recommended.
Top Historic Miami Mansions
Vizcaya Museums and Gardens – Spend an afternoon touring the gorgeous gardens and main building. Built in the early 1900s as a winter home for millionaire James Deering, the Property is now a National Historic Landmark sight.
Deering was diagnosed with a type of anemia, so doctors recommended that he gets plenty of sunshine and warmth. He was able to spend several winters on the property in Biscayne Bay before passing away in 1925. The mansion was then left to his brother Charles. Deering’s nieces eventually sold the property to Miami-Dade County in 1952, and it has served as a museum ever since.
The museum is home to an extensive art collection, and combined with the beauty of the architecture and the gardens, it has become a popular stop for tourists and locals alike. You can choose a self-guided audio tour, which is available in several different languages, or a guided tour, led by a knowledgeable volunteer.
The property also includes a café with a gourmet menu, including wine, espresso, and much more. The gift shop offers an array of unique items that have been inspired by the beauty of the mansion and gardens.
Charles Deering Estate – at Cutler is situated on more than 400 acres of land, and includes two main buildings, a mansion made of stone and a house made of wood. Charles Deering was brother of James Deering. He was a wealthy businessman who purchased the property in 1922. He lived there until his death in 1925.
What makes Deering Estate so attractive to visitors is the fact that it now serves as an archeological and environmental preserve. It is home to a variety of wildlife, and ancient fossils have been found on the property. There are daily tours of Richmond Cottage, the wooden house, and the grand Stone House. Other activities include nature hikes, canoe tours, butterfly walks, and more.
Don’t miss the wine cellar downstairs in the basement, a surprise awaits you!
Versace Mansion – If you would like to spend a few nights in one of the most lavish historic Miami mansions, book a stay at Casa Casuarina hotel. Formally named The Villa Casa Casuarina, Versace Mansion was once the home of the late Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace. It was built and designed by architect Alden Freeman in 1930, who owned the property until his death in 1937.
His inspiration for the architecture was a colonial palace called Alcazar de Colon, once the home of Christopher Columbus in the Dominican Republic. After Freeman’s death, the building then became an apartment complex known as The Amsterdam Palace for several decades, seeing several different owners.
In 1992, Versace purchased the property. Although it was in disrepair and in need of much work, he paid several million dollars for both the building and the neighboring Hotel Revere. He had the hotel torn down in order to put in a swimming pool, gardens, and add the South wing, creating an expansive mansion with 10 stunning suites.
Tragically, the design icon was murdered right on his doorstep in 1997. Today, the mansion functions as an impressive boutique hotel with a restaurant on Miami’s famous Ocean Drive.
Take an afternoon off from the beach and explore these historic Miami mansions. Our colorful city has an equally colorful history that visitors should definitely consider learning more about. From gorgeous gardens to breathtaking architecture to impressive art collections, Miami’s most stunning estates are well worth a visit.
Happy travels and enjoy your stay in Miami!
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