Miami vice: $60m for ultimate pad

AN almost comically opulent property in Miami’s private Indian Creek Village is soon to come to market. The home, 3 Indian Creek, neatly shows that when it wants to be, America still means bigger and better. Courageously out of sync with high unemployment and a fresh wave of economic woe, this house is an unapologetic paen to all that money combined with taste can buy you in the Land of the Free.

More specifically, 3 Indian Creek – to be “launched” in December during Art Basel, Miami Beach – is a 10-bedroom, 14-bathroom palace comprised of a series of pavilions which are connected by stone walkways and garden walls. The living spaces were designed by celebrity architect Rene Gonzalez and have limestone walls, indoor reflecting pools and water views from every room. Materials throughout are none too shabby, either: pearl, rare marble and Austrian oak. There is also a 100 foot resort-style pool and cabana, six wet-bars and a rooftop “sky bar”and Jacuzzi.

Perhaps more exciting still – particularly for the tech-savvy – is the fact that the house contains the first-ever in-home 3D cinema. It’s perfect for art lovers too (as suggested by the choice of launch date), containing a hidden art vault which is – along with the home – protected by an elaborate security system. Bon vivants need not worry about their ancient Chateau Lafite being pinched, either: there’s a wine room that can be accessed only via fingerprint identification.

As for the surrounds: Indian Creek Village is home to some of the world’s great movers and shakers: located in Biscayne Bay, the 300-acre island includes only 32 luxury waterfront homes and is only minutes away from the world-famous 18-hole golf course at Indian Creek Country Club. Downtown Miami, South Beach, Miami Beach and Bal Harbour shops are nearby, as are two international air and sea ports. Price: $60m. For more info, contact Oren Alexander, Prudential Douglas Elliman, (001) 212 350 8561 or go to knightfrank.com