Monday, September 15, 2008

Casa Casuarina - An oasis for the privileged few!

Casa Casuarina - An oasis for the privileged few!

It can be said that it was love at first sight when Gianni Versace first laid eyes on casa casuarina, which promptly became the only private residence on the infamous Ocean Drive.

The day the legendary couturier was murdered in 1997 on the steps of his south beach mansion signaled the end of an age of opulence. The mansion where elton, donatella and madonna have partied was shuttered. Until recently it has only been rented our for private events.

In 2007 (Soulstice DCLiton Events) House DJ Rich Webb spun at Casa Casuarina during the WMC 2007 for a private party and Kenny Burns DC native music producer and lifestyle specialist hosted his exclusive birthday bash last year.

Now for the first time the house that fashion built is reopen, this time around as an uber-exclusive, members-only club. most days, you won't get a glimpse beyond the wrought iron gates without paying upwards of $1,200 a night, but in the spirit of miami spice month, mere mortals are able to take guided tours throughout september. Originally designed in 1930 as an homage to santo domingo's alcazar de colon, the landmark is a study in lavishness and detail. Versace's signature baroque and rococo styles are on display all throughout the house, including eye-catching frescoes, mosaics and gardens. Please make sure you do not miss the moroccan and la mer rooms.

casa casuarina
1116 ocean driveat 11th
Miami, Florida
Open until september 30th