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Versace Mansion–Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the Casa Causarina May 15, 2006

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What is this building and why is everybody taking pictures of it?

This mansion, the only private residence on Ocean Drive, was previously owned by the late Gianni Versace, the famous Italian designer, from 1992-1997.Gianni was murdered on the front steps of his home on JGianni Versaceuly 15th, 1997, at 9 AM. The murder of Gianni and the hunt for his killer instantly became an international, front page media story. The mansion, and Gianni's billion-dollar design empire, were left to Gianni's sister Donatella, also a designer. The house is the most photographed building in Florida.

 Who killed Gianni and why?

 Gianni Versace

Gianni was shot on his front steps by Andrew Cunanan, a gay, psycho-serial-killer from San Diego, California who had discovered he had AIDS, and went on a cross-country killing spree, killing 4 ex-boyfriends before driving to Miami Beach to hunt Gianni down. Rumors has it that Cunanan had briefly met Versace at a fashion show in Sa Francisco in 1995, and had fantasies of becoming Gianni's boyfriend or model, but had been rejected by Versace  for both roles. (Gianni had a 10 year relationship going with his lover, a designer named Antonio; and he most likely found Cunanan uninteresting and too short.) On the mornning Cunanan murdered Vercase, he had followed Gianni home from his usual breakfast spot, the news cafe on 8th street and Ocean Drive. As Gianni was opening the lock on his front gate, Cunanan confronted him on the front steps repeating him desire to be a lover or model for Gianni and then got rejected a second time. Cunanan then pulled out a handgun he was carrying in his backpack and shot Versace in the back of his head 2 times, and then ran off north to 13th street and Collins Ave., where a truck he had stolen was parked. Cunanan then made a quick change of clothes, hailed a cab, and hid out on an empty houseboat that had been sitting at 50th street and Collins Ave., first breaking the padlock that was on the front door. Gianni died within 5 minute from brain damage.

How was Cunanan caught?

The houseboat Cunanan hid out on was owned by a German night-club owner, who had hired a caretaker to check it once every 2 weeks. On July 29th, 1997, the caretaker checked the boat and found the lock tampered with. He entered the front door to check out the situation. Cunanan heard the door being pushed open, and thinking the police had finally caught up with him, put the barrel of the same handgun he'd used to kill Gianni into his mouth, commiting suicide.

Who were some of Gianni's friends, for whom he designed clothes, and who were frequent guests in his house?

Madonna often partied at the mansion with Gianni, and stayed in the second floor right front bedroom. Princess Diana often stayed in the second floor left front suite. Elton John stayed in the lower-left front bedroom, and Prince (the artist) often stayed in the lower right front bedroom.

Who owns the Versace Mansion now and what are the future plans for it?

In August of 2000, Dontella Versace had put the house on the open real estate market $25 million. One rumor had it that Puff Daddy (P-Diddy) the rap star, had bought it for his first love, Jennifer Lopez but J-Lo at the time, decided not to hook back up with puffy. The current owner, Peter Loftin, paid $19 million, and is a North carolina based telecommunications millionaire, who originally wanted the house just to party in. Presently, he renovated the Mansion, leaving most of It's original art intact. It is now a five star private invitation only club where many upscale parties and gatherings are held. Members pay $40,000 to join plus $3,600 annually. To stay in one of the 10 rooms runs up to $5,000 a night. It is also rumored that Peter Loftin will be adding a new extension to the premises which will consist of several rooms and will sell as time-shares. 

So if you walk by the Versace Mansion, make sure you stop and smile to keep up the "Most photographed building in Miami beach" status of the Casa Casuarina.



1. cyberman - June 14, 2006

Dear Blog South Beach Loved your article about the Versace
Mansion, now known as Casa Casuarina. The latest news
about it is that the building is going timeshare and may even
build some condo units in the pool-patio area . Where did you learn
so much about the building? And what more can you tell us
about its owner, Peter Loftin, the telecomm mogul himself?
Keep up your great blogging!

2. swissreplica0 - January 15, 2007

hello. it’s a nice day for your ideas and our money

3. Chris Arana (fanatik Management) - February 12, 2007

Who and how do I get in contact with some one at the mansion to book for a private Charity event?

4. Peyton - March 13, 2007

Casa Casuarrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiinnnaa!

5. Bradley - March 13, 2007

Next time you’re at the mansion, make sure to ask about the high stakes poker game with topless dealers…
Hand the guy at the door $50 and your ID…

6. deli creep - April 26, 2007

deli creep

Technologies of deli creep

7. Christina - May 15, 2007

I was fortunate enough to be a guest at a party held at Casa Casuarina for the Miami International Film Festival in 2005. It is every bit as extravagant and posh on the inside as you might imagine. The ladies room alone (which was actually a suite of rooms) was larger than my condo.

8. Lisa - July 6, 2007

Pete Loftin is a really really nice gentleman.

He loves his privacy though.

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10. explorer - December 11, 2007

I just attended a vitaluxury.com party there, what a place to party!
Packed with good looking people and celebrities. It was the scene of the moment for sure. Going to post some videos on You Tube as well.

11. Melina - December 20, 2007

very interesting. i’m adding in RSS Reader

12. Ronni - February 8, 2008

Heading to SB end of the month for a short visit. So many restaurants, any recommendations? Thanks.

13. ryan vanderwoodson - March 13, 2008

there were many inaccuracies in that essay so you know…the killer did not have aids, he was tested and was clean. Versace did not go to breakfast every morning, it was unusual for him to do so that morning. There have been no connections between the killer and versace, he was never turned down as a lover or as a model.

Komnsenzpleez - February 6, 2010

You are incorrect about all of your claims.Either way,the villian is gone and has met his maker.I don’t understand why you would bother with all your incorrect contradictions unless you admired the killer.

14. TW - June 3, 2008

THIS IS ALL BULLSHIT !! This is PR crap ! Puffy’s first love !!? You mutants have lost your mind … i think its all the fake breasts , lips and ass that have made you crazy !

Puffy has children with 2 other women … and not one with Jennifer ! His FIRST love !! I think not ! She left him CAUSE HE LOVES NO ONE BUT HIMSELF !

15. TW - June 3, 2008

As far as the house .. i was just there.

Nice but you are not missing ANYTHING.

What made it fab was Versace … not the walls.

16. fresko - June 15, 2008

how can i book a private event at this mansion?? please email me its_fresko@yahoo.com or call text 3057617849

17. Mushtaque Ahmed - July 6, 2008

i was o fan of great Gianni versace and it shock me the day he was killed in front of his house,may God rest his soul in peace.i like your article about versace,and how can i contact Dontella versace.Please email me at m_ahmed16@indiatimes.com

18. Charlotte Atchison - October 23, 2008

I read somewhere the public can have dinner or lunch at the Versace mansion. Can someone help me with thiis info. Thank you

19. KS - November 13, 2008

Personally, I think it’s disgusting that people pay this kind of money to be able to “enter” someone’s extremely opulent extravagant “party” house, when there are people in this country who have no food to eat or beds to sleep in. It’s revolting.

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21. lucas - April 27, 2009

its sad he had to die he sounded like a nice person

22. Bob Roudabush - May 25, 2009

They should let you have lunch any were that you want, How are you and your sister doing.

A very old friend.

23. Jayson - May 26, 2009

I have read the comments on The Versace Mansion and I’d like to add that the place is a must see. I stayed there from February 13-17, 2009. My room was The Baroque Room but often visited The La Mer which is directly across the hall. I love it for its well placed extravagance and it is true that everything there that could be decorated, was decorated. I must say that the service did not equal its spectacular price, but Steven who checked on me and my guest very often did bring us drinks from the Mansion, across the street to the beach. Can you imagine the look on everyones face when we casually exchange empty glasses for fresh drinks with a server from Casa Casuarina! We toasted right there in the blazing sun. Although the price tag was CRAZY (could have bought a nice car, loaded), if you can get in, get in….Like Meryl Streep said, “Everybody wants this.”

24. susan kelly - December 19, 2009

i went to the mansion i can,t believe that someone would shoot him
there is a resturant inside and you can get married there
the house is right opposite beach also vist fortlauderdale gorgeous place

25. Mruts - December 20, 2009

Just broke down the front gate and slept on the doorstep.

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27. Penis Stretcher - June 20, 2010

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28. pashmina - October 23, 2010

My old company had a party at the Versace Mansion…. it’s an amazing venue!

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Versace is a really great brand, a true italian! I cant imagine the mansion

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33. Brittany - January 4, 2012

Gianni Versace wasn’t wearing Versace eyewear when he was shot in 1997. What brand did he have on?

34. Ahmed a Abdalla - March 22, 2012

I will stay there tomorrow night

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