Lennar CEO Is Planning To Demolish 22 Star Island And Replace It With This

If you are going to demolish a Miami Beach home that has historical and architectural significance, the replacement better be noteworthy.

DOMO Architecture + Design appears to have accomplished that with plans prepared for 22 Star Island Drive on behalf of Lennar CEO Stuart Miller, who owns the property.

Miller is planning to demolish the existing home, which was built as a clubhouse in 1928 by Carl Fisher and designed by architect Martin Hampton. Preservationists, who failed in a recent attempt to save 42 Star Island from demolition, have started a petition drive to save the home which has 500 signatures.

The new home will include unusual features such as a nine-space underground parking garage that can be reached by elevator from the upper floors (the existing home also has an elevator). The exterior of the home will be clad with Brazilian walnut (ipe) wood, while the rear of the home will be surrounded by a moat-like infinity edge pool.

Miami Beach’s Design Review Board will review the plans at a meeting next week.


Plans below, obtained exclusively by The Next Miami:


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The real JK

The new design is awful. Sadly Miami’s architecture is in a true state of crisis.


Miami Beach is making a mistake by allowing these historical structures to be destroyed.


Agree with anonymous. This big blob of crap is another example of why we need to protect historic structures. Doesn’t Miller already own several other homes on the island? What good is another 25k square foot house. Enough is enough!


What good is the house that is sitting there now doing? The only people who see it are nosey tourists on the boats that circle Star Island and it is a small blip on the horizon for West Beach residents. Who cares? Demo it, build it, reassess and tax it.

Respect history?

Stuart Miller’s mother lives next door and he and his relatives own other lots on Star Island. We wish he would restore the existing home. It appears after inheriting a fortune from his successful father he hates anything old.

idiot wind

he didn’t just inherit a fortune. he took the business to a whole new level. this isn’t some trust fund baby that got handed daddy’s money and is playing monopoly. not sure why it’s relevant.


Funny, if the “big blob of crap” was actually the building built 50 years ago and he wanted to tear it down and build what is there now people would be complaining about that as well.


This would never have been proposed 50 years ago… it would have been deemed way to large and not in keeping with the character of the neighborhood. Those were the days when people cared about these things and not just about flipping houses.


The neighborhood was blown when the Hochsteins moved in


What do you all care? Do any of you live in Star Island? And when was the last time you even took a tour boat around that Island? If you have the cash to buy there and have the means to create something new, it is within your right to do so. I guarantee that none of you would be too pleased if someone told you, you could not do something to something you bought with your own money. No matter if you had to work for the cash or daddy gave it to you.


What an assinine comment… If everybody with money was able to do what he wanted with it in Miami Beach, this city would have lost its charm many years ago. The fact is that there is a protocol that most municipalities follow in order to preserve the historic integrity of the community. Every building, every home, is owned by somebody. We are supposed to, however, follow zoning code which identifies and protects buildings which meet criteria for historic designation. This particular home at 22 Star Island is not only one worthy of designation, but is even more than that.. it is a landmark. So quit complaining about money and what people would do if they had it.. the point is that if Miami Beach is going to remain a place with character that attracts an international crowd BECAUSE of its uniqueness, then we need to have some guts to stand up and shout at the top of our lungs when people try to erase our history for their own selfish interests. If Miller put the home on the market, I am sure it would find a buyer who would be willing to fix it up and preserve it. It’s not… Read more »

Afi K. James

Sadly it’s not gonna happen.


What is the good of having a beautiful old house that is cut off from the City? These “historical” Star Island houses do not provide, as you say, character to the city. They have always been monuments to individual success and wealth. They were never meant to landmarks for the city. In my opinion they will never be because they are cut off by a bridge and a guardhouse. Yes, we all have our personal preferences in architectural styles. But this landmark augment is bologna. The proposed house is a the product of a wealthy person doing what they want with their property. This was the same case when the current 22 Star Island was built. And will be the same case in 50 years from now…


So let me get this straight, you think my comment is asinine because I state the obvious? When you buy a property it is within your legal right to demolish it and build something else (period!) If that was not the case LEGALLY, the 42 Star Island Dr would still be standing today, but alas it is not. It is people like you, who want to make anything that is 50 years and older “historic” so no one will touch it. And speaking of asinine comments let’s talk about your opinion about “I am sure it would find a buyer who would be willing to fix it up and preserve it”….exactly how do you know this? Do you deal with buyers on a daily basis? I do! People like you made the old hotel at 426 Meridian Ave historic. This building is located on 5th and Meridian at the entrance to South Beach and many buyers have expressed interest in the lot with the intent of demolishing it and building a state of the art hotel, but because it is protected they all just walk away. Now it just sits there being an eye sore housing homeless people and the… Read more »

Dick Richards

There you go again Mark305, posting your short-sighted idiocy and rightfully getting called out for it by people who, unlike you, have a sense of vision and an understanding of big-picture concepts. Dimwitted “people like you” opposed the South Beach Preservationists in the 1980’s when the Art Deco hotels were facing extinction. If they hadn’t stopped “people like you” back then, today Ocean Drive would look about as interesting (and be as much of a worldwide tourist draw) as Sunny Isles Beach. You say you’re a realtor? Ha! If “people like you” had gotten their way in the 80’s, “people like you” wouldn’t be making nearly as much money as you do today, because everything that gives a place like South Beach its unique value would be GONE. (That’s assuming you make any money at all — if your comments on these forums are any indication, you lack the perspective needed for real success in the realty business.) In short, “people like you” are jackasses who should do us all a favor and STFU.

Kristian Toimil

You take a one-week course, followed by a test, pay a fee and bam!, you’re a realtor, guiding people in the most important financial transaction they are likely going to make in their life. We really need to make obtaining a real estate license more difficult.

Kristian Toimil

I prefer the content here on Next Miami over that of Curbed Miami, but I much prefer the conversations on Curbed Miami than here on Next Miami for there are too many nouveau realtors that have no appreciation for the past, think everything new and flashy is better and would rather see Miami build a zillion condo towers before stopping to consider building a park/school/etc. that can’t be sold for profit.


The old house is gorgeous. The new one is lame, belongs in Hawaii.

Tatiana Gonzslez

Miami must save the historic houses for future generations. There is always a place for modern houses but there are few well preserved old ones. Let keep them an protect them!!!!


The community would get greater benefit as a requirement for redevelopment of historically significant houses like this, to have them moved and repurposed for another use in a location that all can enjoy. This house is lost from public appreciation by being on a private island. Let Mr. Miller build what he wants on his own property, but get some real benefit from granting the approval. Peservation needs to be a win-win scenerio.


spoken like somebody who has no understanding of preservation. So let’s see, any time someone wants to demolish an historic home, we need to find an empty lot to put the existing home on, to make way for the new McMansion in its place? That doesn’t seem like a scenario that benefits anyone.

Also, Star Island is not a private island. It is actually a public island with private properties. The homes on Star Island were oriented towards the water. They were designed in a manner to allow for the public to appreciate their beauty. It is one of the great aspects of how Miami Beach was designed. So no, moving it off of the water to some public place as a museum is not the answer that an educated public would accept. Sorry Lostbird.


Historic Miami. Unfortunately that term has been gone before it barely even existed.


I agree with Mark305. If I paid $20,000,000 for a house and demolished it to build another one, why should it matter to another who didn’t give me one dime to buy it? I’ll bet if I were to approach one of these “preservationist” people and ask him/her to give me a thousand dollars to help me purchase a so called “historic” house that cost fifteen million bucks, they would get away from me so fast it would put the roadrunner’s speed to shame.


Spoken like a typical self-interested developer. He paid $7M for the home and lot, not $20M. And it matters because it is publicly visible and in a very strategic location. Not to mention it is clearly historic and history matters to some people… maybe you should move to Aventura or Sunny Isles and hang with all your rich friends who don’t give a shit about anything but their own bottom line.


I’m always amused at how people can assume so much. I didn’t say this guy, Stuart Miller, paid “$20M for the home and lot.” And the lot is “publicly visible” to whom, other people who live on that island? Because the average Joe Shmoe living in Miami sure can’t see it. And it’s “strategically located” for what, as a drop-off point for an army waiting to invade mainland Miami? “Not to mention it is clearly historic and history matters to some people.” Um yeah, and signs that said “Colored people are not allowed on Miami Beach” after a certain time of the day are historic too, but I bet you’re glad they’re not around anymore for the tourist to gaze at. Don’t want that kind of history lingering around, huh? “maybe you should move to Aventura or Sunny Isles and hang with all your rich friends who don’t give a shit about anything but their own bottom line.” Really?…well go and tell all the organizations in MiamiDade that have received millions of dollars in charitable donations from developers like Perez, Colombo, Hollo, etc etc…to give that money back to all those rich people who “don’t give a shit about anything… Read more »


I would reply to this but you made it clear that you don’t understand in the least how historic preservation works, what the national standards are, or why it matters. Thankfully the people of South Florida have a slightly better understanding of this important issue. Good day.

Afi K. James

Although the new mansion looks more retro style


“you made it clear that you don’t understand in the least how historic preservation works, what the national standards are, or why it matters.” – Preservation305

Well Mr Preservation305, the onus is not on me to understand, people like you are in a battle with a few places around MiamiDade that are dissatified with you guys poking your noses in their business. There are a few articles written about it, and don’t take my word for it, research and find out yourself.


What places are you referring to? Do you mean a few places where uneducated local officials are trying to bend over backwards to developers in order to let them push out senior citizens from their homestead, and replace their buildings with luxury condos? Then yes, perhaps we are in a battle.. with stupid… but I think that our battle is for the public good, and we are happy to continue with it… South Florida is known for having a lot of ignorant people but happily our battles are succeeding and protecting property owners from criminal-level activity by developers. It is a thankless pursuit but somebody has to do it. Thanks for your support!


Does anyone notice on the “volumetric study” page that it is really just area? Volume would be cubic feet, not square feet. I crack myself up.


Seems you would do better living in a communist country somewhere Mr Preservation305, because you appear to be very fustrated with the mechanism of capitalism.


“The disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition is the great and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.”
–Adam Smith