The Miami Beach property once owned by Pablo Escobar (drug lord) is on the market for $15.9 million. The 30,000 square-foot waterfront property, which is owned by Christian de Berdouare (Chicken Kitchen founder), was listed on 6 March, by Mirce Curkoski and Albert Justo of One Sotheby’s International Realty.
Mr. De Berdouare owns 2 other properties on the street. One is his long living residence, which he still lives in. The other is for sale at $26.5 million.
Escobar Miami property was captured by the American government in the 1980s, and Mr. De Berdouare destroyed its deteriorating 6,500 square-foot pink mansion in 2016, 2 years after he bought it.
The palm-line neighborhood is now home to Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb and other personalities who have built big homes behind gated driveways and tall hedges. Songwriter Phil Collins also lives on the street. He had a number of safe homes and was famous for hiding contraband and valuables on his assets. Mr. De Berdouare found 2 spaces and a cocaine bag with cartels markings when he was razing the 1948 mansion.
If the Escobar home does not sell, Mr. de Berdouare has plans to build a spec home there. “The property has wonderful proportions,” he said. “It was a joy to design a house for it.”
Escobar, also known as the King of Cocaine, ran the Medellin drug cartel in his native Colombia until he was killed in Medellin in a police raid without Colombian National Police in 1993, 1 day before his 44th birthday. He had tried to run away by running across a rooftop.
The Colombia homes most wonderful spec, anyway, was a zoo stocked with species from around the planet, notably antelope, hippopotamuses, elephants, giraffes, ponies and ostriches.
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