The last time Florida-based rap star Lil Wayne was in the real estate news, he was trying to unload his massive waterfront contemporary in Miami. His efforts were in vain for about two years, with an initial asking price of $18 million a distant, sunny memory by the time the home went to a new buyer in June of last year for $10 million.
This week the diminutive Wayne picked up a new house in Miami Beach, paying $16.75 million for a waterfront on a luxuriously sprawling half-acre lot. It’s another contemporary, and another new one; this house was built last year, and Wayne is the first owner. The exterior architecture is a blazing accumulation of tough lines, glass and enough polished mahogany plank embellishment to warm things up considerably.
The house spans 10,632 square feet, with seven bedrooms and eleven baths throughout. Satin-finished wide-plank hardwood floors, double-height ceilings, second-floor galleries, LED lighting and lots and lots of glass define the place. Amenities include multiple wine cellar storage, an elevator, a home theater, and lavish, marble-packed baths. Everywhere it seems the property, Intracoastal Waterway, and verdant property landscaping is on display through glass walls.
The property works a zero-edge pool between the house and the IW. The grounds are groomed, with the occasional palm popping up for a bit of Floridian context.
Lil Wayne’s much-anticipated studio effort ‘Tha Carter V’ was released in September of this year, debuting at #1. For the uninitiate, Lil Wayne is the rare poet with few equals. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide.