Phil Collins sells Miami slice of paradise

When UK-born rocker Phil Collins decided to move to Miami Beach in 2015, the “Can’t Hurry Love” singer soon set his sights on one of the area’s most prestigious mansions on Biscayne Bay.

Collins recently entered into a contract to sell the six-bedroom home after his ex-wife Orianne Cevey, who the singer and drummer had been in an on-again, off-again relationship with, secretly married another man and moved into the residence while the singer was out of town.

Indicating none-too-subtly that he’d just have to wait to re-enter the property, Cevey had refused to vacate if he didn’t agree to negotiate the terms of their 2008 divorce.

She and her new husband Thomas Bates vacated the property earlier this month after a judge ordered January 21 would be the couple’s final day in paradise.

Collins swiftly listed the property at US$40 million ($52.6 million) after Cevey and Bates’ departure and it is now under contract.

Against all odds, Collins wasn’t the first member of musical royalty to reside at the address, with Jennifer Lopez purchasing the home in 2002 after leaving the block, before selling it in 2005 for $13.9 million

Collins paid US$33 million for the home, which has always been viewed as one of Miami Beach’s grandest mansions, boasting views across the city skyline to Biscayne Bay with the La Gorce Country Club and Golf Course across from the entrance. 

Built in 1929, the gated entry of the Old World Spanish-style home opens to more than half a hectare of tropical landscape that backs up to 56 metres of bay frontage. 

The bay side of the property has a large pool, spa, boat dock, a 22,700-litre koi pond, summer kitchen and cabana. The interior has large formal rooms that open to the view with an elevator to the second floor. 

The home, which has more than 1000sq m of floor space, has six bedrooms, nine baths, arched arcades and a two-story rotunda foyer, as well as a chef’s kitchen, wine cellar and a master suite with a custom-designed, walk-in closet.

Photos courtesy Top Ten Real Estate Deals

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