It’s always summer in Miami. The popular city in Florida is a haven for the rich and the famous, and as soon as one celebrity sells their real estate in Miami, another celebrity moves in. Beaches, booming nightlife, and world-class eateries make Miami one of the best tourist cities and a city that attracts all kinds of celebs. What celebrities live in Miami?
What Celebrities Live In Miami?
- Gloria Estefan
- Julio Iglesias
- Sylvester Stallone
- Alonzo Mourning
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Sean “Diddy ” Combs
- Shaquille O’Neil
- Floyd Mayweather
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
- Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen
- Ivanka Trump
- Alex “A-Rod” Rodriques
Many celebrities have come, many have left, and many have made glamorous Miami their forever home. Celebs are rich and are some of the few who can afford some of America’s most exclusive real estate. Check out Star Island, Coconut Grove, Palm Island, and the high-security Indian Creek Island if you want to know where the rich and famous lay down their heads at night.
Celebrities Living In Miami
Let’s go on a journey to find out which celebrities call Miami their home, which celebrities had to call Miami farewell, and how astronomically priced some of these celebrity mansions cost.
1. Gloria Estefan
Seven-time Grammy winner, and one of Miami’s most respected celebrities, Gloria Estefan, has been living in Miami since the ’80s. Gloria and her band, Miami Sound Machine, made waves back in the day, and the super-famous Latin superstar and her husband Emilio Estefan own various properties in Miami.
The power couple recently sold one of them, a waterfront Miami Beach home located on the popular Venetian Islands. The house sold for a cool $13.7 million, banking the Estefan’s millions as they purchased the property for only $1.2 million in 2000.
In August 2021, the couple also managed to sell their almost 8,000 sq foot “guest house” called Nena’s Villa, which is located next to the mansion of Sean Combs, aka “Diddy.” The property, situated at the entrance of Star Island at 1 Star Island Drive, was purchased by nutrition power couple Roger and Sloan Barnett for a massive $35 million. The Estefan’s home is also located on Star Island.
2. Julio Iglesias
The best-selling Spanish singer owns many properties in Miami. With the idea of assembling properties for his children, the crooner bought lots 4, 5, 6, and 7 in Indian Creek Island, totaling 800 feet of waterfront, facing Biscayne Bay.
Iglesias put these multiple parcels of land, labeled as the most private and exclusive real estate in Miami, on the market for a combined total of $150 million in 2017. Indian Creek Village has 40 properties and houses the wealthiest in the country.
3. Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester “Rocky” Stallone directed and starred in one of the best sports movie franchises of all time. And the people of Miami will probably run into “Rocky Balboa” in the coming years, as Stallone and his wife recently purchased a $35 million estate in Palm Beach.
Stallone is no stranger to Miami. He graduated from the University of Miami’s acting school, earning himself a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1998. Previously, Stallone owned property on Biscayne Bay and had the likes of Madonna, Julio Iglesias, and Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees as neighbors.
4. Alonzo “Zo” Mourning
Miami Heat fans called him the “Minister of Defense” or “Zo .”The 7-time NBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medal winner, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year, 2-time Block Champ, and most importantly, 2006 NBA Champion; is a celebrity beloved by the whole of Miami, especially basketball fans.
After helping Miami Heat to their first NBA Championship, Mourning called time on his career in 2008, retiring his iconic number 33 shirt. Today, the legend of a human being continues to do great work in the Miami community through the following philanthropy project:
Mourning’s organization helps children from disenfranchised communities, providing extracurricular and educational activities. The foundation has raised over $25 million since 1997.
5. Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger is an American icon. The fashion titan recently sold his mansion located in Golden Beach for a whopping $24.5 million to Cordone Capital CEO Grant Cardone. Hilfiger and his wife, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, lived in the colorful property, interiorly designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, located at 605 Ocean Boulevard from 2013 until they sold it.
The Hilfigers are only moving 66 miles from their beloved Miami. They bought a smaller $9 million home in Palm Beach while waiting for construction to finish on a larger estate located on the island.
6. Sean “Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy, Swag, Love” Combs
As mentioned earlier, Sean (choose your favorite nickname) Combs, “Love” to his loyal followers, resides in Star Island, Miami. The famous rapper, entrepreneur, actor, and owner of various clothing lines is worth over $700 million.
The three-time Grammy winner, and nine-time artist name changer, spent $14.5 million on his mansion, which features nine bedrooms.
7. Shaquille O’Neil
Shaquille O’Neil, or Shaq for short, is Miami’s biggest resident. “Big Diesel” had a massive NBA career where he played for the L.A. Lakers for 2 decades before moving to the Miami Heat, moving into a mansion on Star Island with 11 bathrooms and 8 bedrooms, costing him a cool $16 million. Small change for the big man.
The giant of a man turned 50 last month, taking over local hotspot Prime 112, celebrating in style with his celebrity buddies and family.
8. Floyd Mayweather
Love or hate him, Floyd “Money” Mayweather will go down as one of the best boxers of all time, holding an undefeated boxing record of 50-0. Fittingly called “Money” as he was as good a businessman as a boxer during his career, fighting in the biggest pursed fights of our time, Mayweather has money to spend.
After selling his home in Miami Beach, Floyd recently dropped $ 18 million on a waterfront property on the artificial Palm Island on Biscayne Bay. The three-story palace features a 5,000 sq. Foot rooftop deck, patio with a pool, private dock, movie theater, gym, 9 bedrooms, and 10.5 bathrooms.
9. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“Can you smell what the Rock is cooking?” used to be Dwayne’s question in the WWE before slapping the answer out of his opponents. After WWE, Johnson branched out to movies, created his own tequila brand, and is one of Hollywood’s “biggest” stars.
Johnson loves Florida, as he owns more than 10 estates in the area and has admitted he loves to live there. The “Black Adam” star used to own a 13,000 sq foot mansion which he bought from Miami Dolphin Vernon Carey. Johnson owns properties worldwide but is especially invested in the Miami area.
10. Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen
Seven-time Super Bowl winner, Tom Brady and his model wife Giselle Bundchen, is the newest celebrity residents on Indian Creek Island, fittingly referred to as “Billionaire Bunker” due to the slew of wealthy celebrities calling it home.
Brady and Bundchen paid $17 million for their 5,000+ sq. foot property and will be able to enjoy a round of golf daily, chilling in the clubhouse while being protected by a 13-person private police force night and day. Retiring has never looked so good.
11. Ivanka Trump
Daughter of “The Don,” 45th American President Donald Trump, Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner bought a prime plot of land from Julio Iglesias last year. The plot of land is found on Indian Creek Island, in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
The celebrity couple also bought a property from Iglesias a couple of years ago, very close to their new piece of land. Ivanka and Jared are geared to become settled Miami celebrity residents in the coming years.
12. Pitbull – Armando Christian Perez
The Cuban-American rapper /pop artist is a well-known son of Miami. Born and raised, the rapper has always called Miami his home. Talking about Pitbull’s home, there is currently great controversy surrounding property in Pinecrest, Port Saint Lucie, which requires some urgent TLC, according to upset neighbors. The property supposedly belongs to Pitbull.
Pitbull opened his restaurant, iLov 305, in South Beach, but according to reports, the restaurant is closed, under revamp, and will re-open at a new location. People who attended the opening night declared it was a night to remember; it’s a pity it didn’t make it past a year.
13. Alex “A-Rod” Rodriques
Retired 14-time All-Star baseball legend, Alex Rodriques, co-owns a $32 million mansion with ex-fiancé Jennifer Lopez (who recently got married to former fiancé Ben Affleck), situated on Star Island. For now, “A-Rod” lives happily in the beautiful secluded mansion.
Celebrities Who Lived In Miami
With millions of dollars at their disposal, celebs seem to move around a lot. Buying and selling properties seem to be a common side hustle of the rich and the famous. Many celebrities have stayed in Miami or own real estate in Miami without ever living there.
Imagine living on a private island with a zip code so expensive that access to the island costs a whopping $250,000. Oprah Winfrey was a longtime resident on the super-private Fisher Island, living in a condo that was once one of the most expensive real estates in Miami, which she paid $20 million for back in the day.
Sultry Sofia, megastar of “Modern Family,” owned a Miami Beach studio in The Lofts at Harding in North Beach, which she bought for $165,000 in 2007. The Columbian actress and model lived in the unit during the middle 90s. She sold the beach studio for $150,000 in 2017.
Gianni Versace, the larger-than-life Italian fashion designer, fell in love with an old home while walking with his sister, Donatella, on South Beach. After acquiring the old house, he spent $32 million revamping the historical building. Making sure to respect the historical elements of the house, he received an award for preserving the history.
Each room was designed to reflect a different dream of the great man. In 1997 Gianni was gunned down on the front steps of his beautiful home, and Miami lost one of its greatest residents. The Versace home was transformed into a hotel and tourist attraction after his death.
Miami lost a popular resident and star of the hit movie “The Martian,” Matt Damon, in 2014 when he sold his Mediterranean mansion in Miami Beach.
Victoria’s Secret model, Adriana Lima, used to call Miami home. Lima bought a property on the 300-acre Indian Creek Island, located in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, in 2009 for a cool $9 million. The island is known for its celebrity residents. Lima reportedly sold the property in January 2022 for a staggering $40 million.
Lebron James was once a Miami local, famous for being one of the best basketball players of all time. His $13 million estate was located at 3590 Crystal View Court and included all the amenities that celebrities seem to appreciate; a movie room, more than a handful of bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, an infinity pool, wine cellar, chef kitchen, and a terrace taking in the view of the bay in Coconut Grove.
The “Material Girl” used to call Miami her material home back in the day. Madonna used to own a villa located at 3029 Brickell Avenue. The Tuscan-styled villa has 9 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a tennis court, private dock and offers the owner a beautiful view of Biscayne Bay.
She sold the property for $7.5 million to a dog-friendly trust where Gunther, a German shepherd, is the beneficiary. German countess Karlotta Liebenstein set up a $500 million trust for her dog, Gunther III, where handlers are appointed to ensure that all generations of “Gunther” live a royal dog’s life.
Gunther is the master of the villa, literally sleeping in Madonna’s old custom Italian bed. Gunther goes on holiday, eats caviar, and enjoys the views of Biscayne Bay when he relaxes. The dog has “decided” to put the villa on the market for $31.7 million.
Miami has become the mecca for the rich and famous, the wealthiest of wealthy, and it’s obvious why that is. Miami is awesome all year round and can only be described as paradise and home to the stars.