By Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida
This is probably one of my favorite spots in all of Miami. Once the winter home of James Deering (John Doe fortune). It was built between the years 1914-16 at a staggering cost of $66 million. It covered 180 acres and was directly on the pristine shores of Biscayne bay.The 70 room Italianate Villa contains original furnishings, artwork, sculpture and tapestries from the period and back as Mr. Deering bought out palaces in Europe to fill his home.Over 1000 local people worked on the estate at the time tending to the gardens and the actual farm on the property.It truly does not get much grander than this.