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Star Island is a Tiny Neighborhood of Massive Houses & Drama

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One of the smallest of all South Florida neighborhoods, Star Island is the site of a mere few dozen homes and yet it always seems to be in the news because of something or other one of its famous owners wants to do there. Its houses, some of which are very historic, always seem to be getting additions, renovations, moved (literally), or demolished for "bigger and better" replacements, including, most famously, that epic feud between Real Housewife of Miami Lisa Hochstein, her husband "boob god" Leonard Hochstein, and everyone else over the fate of 42 Star Island Drive. Spoiler alert: the Hochsteins won, but that's just the beginning of all the nutty stuff that goes down on Star Island.


· Star Island coverage [Curbed Miami]

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1. 1 Star Island Drive

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1 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Singer Gloria Estefan owns 1 Star Island Drive, which she operates and rents out as 'Nena's Villa'. Rent is reportedly $75,000 a month. Ms. Estefan herself lives just down the street.

2. 5 Star Island Drive

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5 Star Island Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
The notorious developer Thomas Kramer's wagnerian house is just as creepy as he is. Over the years he's had wild parties here, had the Real Housewives of NYC over, and in leaner years tried to make a buck off of it in any way he could, from renting it out to turning it into a hotel.

3. 6 Star Island Drive

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6 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Property records list the property in Trust of Brian Bilzin, partner at law firm Bilzin Sumberg, but that actually means its owned by Stuart Miller. [Photo via Bing]

4. 7 Star Island Drive

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7 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Stewart Miller, CEO of giant development company Lennar, owns this house. The Millers are major landowners on the island. [Photo via Bing]

5. 10 & 11 Star Island Drive

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10 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
"Brian Bilzin Trust", a.k.a. Stuart Miller

6. 21 Star Island Drive

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21 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pharmaceutical billionaire Phillip Frost's mega house is 37,240 Sq.Ft according to property records, on a 268,512 Sq.Ft piece of land. His lavish garden may or may not be on Leona Helmsley's former land, so don't quote us on that. [Photo via Bing]

7. 22 Star Island Drive

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22 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Lennar CEO Stuart Miller purchased this property, which contains a very historic structure that was originally a portion of the Star Island Yacht Club (now long defunct). He originally planned to demolish it and build a mammoth new estate next door to his mother's, but is reportedly now in talks with historic preservationists and the City of Miami Beach to preserve it, in some form.

8. 23 Star Island Drive

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23 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Susan Miller's house. She's Stuart Miller's mom. [Photo via Bing]

9. 26 Star Island Drive

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26 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This is the home of Russian oligarch and former beaux to supermodel Naomi Campbell, Vladislav Doronin. [Photo via Bing]

10. 27 Star Island Drive

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27 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
27 Star Island Drive originally contained an historic Walter DeGarmo house that was recently moved to the side of the site and will now become the guest house for a massive new structure.

11. 29 Star Island Drive

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29 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Formerly shoe king Donald Pliner's house, this property now belongs to former Ambassador Paul Cejas.

12. 30 Star Island Drive

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30 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
30 Star Island Drive was a spec house on the market for $35 million. It has been sold to a guy named Wayne Holman for just under $30 million.

13. 31 Star Island Drive

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31 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Wayne Holman also owns this place. [Photo via Bing]

14. 33 Star Island Drive

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33 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Gerald & Joan Robins, who, according to property records, purchased the property in 1974 for $326,000. Gerald was a developer, an the Robins' are the parents of developer Craig Robins, who is currently creating a fantasy shopping mecca in the Design District. This house is most likely where Craig grew up. It has since appreciated in value vastly. [Photo via Bing]

15. 39 Star Island Drive

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39 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Record producer Emilio & singing legend Gloria Estefan. The Estefans purchased the property in 1986 for $600,000. [Photo via Bing]

16. 40 Star Island Drive

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40 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Engin Yesil's house. This was originally the home of Jim Allison, one of Carl Fisher's partners in the development of Miami Beach and the namesake of Allison Island. [Photo via Bing]

17. 42 Star Island Drive

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42 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This was the location of an historic and well known house, due to its high visibility from the MacArthur Causeway. Plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein and his wife Lisa, of Real Housewives of Miami notoriety, purchased it and began a long battle against historic preservationists to demolish it. They eventually won, and now are building their new home here. [Photo by Arthur Marcus]

18. 44 Star Island Drive

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44 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
This is also a home of a Miami Beach pioneer, named John H. Levi. It is at risk of demolition by the current owners who want to build a 30,000+ square foot Star Destroyer shaped fortress house here. [Photo via change.org]

19. 43 Star Island Drive

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43 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Rosie O'Donnell's old house. Back in the day this was the headquarters of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, which was a front for a marijuana smuggling operation. Currently it is owned by two people named David and Linda Frankel.

20. 45 Star Island Drive

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45 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
45 Star Island Drive is owned by eminent attorney Roy Black and his wife Lea, one of the other Real Housewives of Miami. This is their second Miami area home. Their main house is in Coral Gables and is much nicer than this place, which is rather icky.

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1. 1 Star Island Drive

1 West Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Singer Gloria Estefan owns 1 Star Island Drive, which she operates and rents out as 'Nena's Villa'. Rent is reportedly $75,000 a month. Ms. Estefan herself lives just down the street.
1 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

2. 5 Star Island Drive

5 Star Island Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
The notorious developer Thomas Kramer's wagnerian house is just as creepy as he is. Over the years he's had wild parties here, had the Real Housewives of NYC over, and in leaner years tried to make a buck off of it in any way he could, from renting it out to turning it into a hotel.
5 Star Island Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139

3. 6 Star Island Drive

6 West Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Property records list the property in Trust of Brian Bilzin, partner at law firm Bilzin Sumberg, but that actually means its owned by Stuart Miller. [Photo via Bing]
6 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

4. 7 Star Island Drive

7 West Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Stewart Miller, CEO of giant development company Lennar, owns this house. The Millers are major landowners on the island. [Photo via Bing]
7 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

5. 10 & 11 Star Island Drive

10 West Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
"Brian Bilzin Trust", a.k.a. Stuart Miller
10 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

6. 21 Star Island Drive

21 West Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Pharmaceutical billionaire Phillip Frost's mega house is 37,240 Sq.Ft according to property records, on a 268,512 Sq.Ft piece of land. His lavish garden may or may not be on Leona Helmsley's former land, so don't quote us on that. [Photo via Bing]
21 West Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. 22 Star Island Drive

22 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Lennar CEO Stuart Miller purchased this property, which contains a very historic structure that was originally a portion of the Star Island Yacht Club (now long defunct). He originally planned to demolish it and build a mammoth new estate next door to his mother's, but is reportedly now in talks with historic preservationists and the City of Miami Beach to preserve it, in some form.
22 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. 23 Star Island Drive

23 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Susan Miller's house. She's Stuart Miller's mom. [Photo via Bing]
23 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. 26 Star Island Drive

26 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This is the home of Russian oligarch and former beaux to supermodel Naomi Campbell, Vladislav Doronin. [Photo via Bing]
26 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. 27 Star Island Drive

27 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
27 Star Island Drive originally contained an historic Walter DeGarmo house that was recently moved to the side of the site and will now become the guest house for a massive new structure.
27 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. 29 Star Island Drive

29 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Formerly shoe king Donald Pliner's house, this property now belongs to former Ambassador Paul Cejas.
29 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. 30 Star Island Drive

30 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
30 Star Island Drive was a spec house on the market for $35 million. It has been sold to a guy named Wayne Holman for just under $30 million.
30 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

13. 31 Star Island Drive

31 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Wayne Holman also owns this place. [Photo via Bing]
31 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

14. 33 Star Island Drive

33 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Gerald & Joan Robins, who, according to property records, purchased the property in 1974 for $326,000. Gerald was a developer, an the Robins' are the parents of developer Craig Robins, who is currently creating a fantasy shopping mecca in the Design District. This house is most likely where Craig grew up. It has since appreciated in value vastly. [Photo via Bing]
33 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

15. 39 Star Island Drive

39 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Record producer Emilio & singing legend Gloria Estefan. The Estefans purchased the property in 1986 for $600,000. [Photo via Bing]
39 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

16. 40 Star Island Drive

40 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Engin Yesil's house. This was originally the home of Jim Allison, one of Carl Fisher's partners in the development of Miami Beach and the namesake of Allison Island. [Photo via Bing]
40 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

17. 42 Star Island Drive

42 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This was the location of an historic and well known house, due to its high visibility from the MacArthur Causeway. Plastic surgeon Leonard Hochstein and his wife Lisa, of Real Housewives of Miami notoriety, purchased it and began a long battle against historic preservationists to demolish it. They eventually won, and now are building their new home here. [Photo by Arthur Marcus]
42 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

18. 44 Star Island Drive

44 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
This is also a home of a Miami Beach pioneer, named John H. Levi. It is at risk of demolition by the current owners who want to build a 30,000+ square foot Star Destroyer shaped fortress house here. [Photo via change.org]
44 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

19. 43 Star Island Drive

43 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Rosie O'Donnell's old house. Back in the day this was the headquarters of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church, which was a front for a marijuana smuggling operation. Currently it is owned by two people named David and Linda Frankel.
43 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

20. 45 Star Island Drive

45 East Star Island Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
45 Star Island Drive is owned by eminent attorney Roy Black and his wife Lea, one of the other Real Housewives of Miami. This is their second Miami area home. Their main house is in Coral Gables and is much nicer than this place, which is rather icky.
45 East Star Island Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139