Richard Nixon liked to get away from it all. This house, at 468 Bay Lane, on Key Biscayne, sits on property originally within his Florida compound. While in the White House, he had not one, but two 'Winter White House' compounds: one overlooking the Pacific, and another the Atlantic. This spread of five houses, included a private street (Bay Lane), Helipad (paid for with taxpayer money), and a private beach. Yes, a private beach. Perhaps the only private beach in Miami, except for Fisher Island (and even there, you have to share it with everyone else on the island). Nixon would come here over 50 times during his presidency, including hiding away here during the Watergate scandal.
Of course, with Miami's disregard for history, high land values, and the Nixon houses being rather drab and small (original Key Biscayne houses were more or less simple concrete boxes) they were all torn down and replaced with castles in the sand like this. But the sand is still there. Ohh, that private beach. The house is just over 8,000 square feet, $15 million, and listed with Douglas Elliman Florida.
· 468 Bay Lane, Key Biscayne [Elliman]
· 468 Bay Lane photo tour [PlanOmatic]
· Today's Priciest New Listing [Real Deal Miami]
· The Florida White House [Wikipedia]