Kardashian reality show house hunts on DiLido, North Bay Road

714 W DiLido, proposed home base for Kardashian reality show

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Kardashians — the reality show family featuring Kim and Khloe and Kourtney and sporty spouses and significant others– then you don’t live on DiLido Isle on the Venetian Causeway.

Or one of the Sunset Islands. Or North Bay Road.

DiLido residents were buzzing Thursday morning after learning that representatives of the Karadashian’s reality venture were going door-to-door near 714 W. DiLido Dr. seeking signatures in support of allowing the property to be used as the Kardashian’s home in an upcoming season of reality installments.

The property, according to Miami-Dade property records, is a six-bedroom, five-bath bayfront home on northeast portion of DiLido, owned by lawyer Dale Hightower.

The Kardashians are seeking a Miami Beach home they can use for three months of continuous filming. That is far beyond any use allowed in Miami Beach’s code, said Graham Winick, film and event production manager for the city of Miami Beach.

To get permission to use a single-family home in that way, Winick said, a production company must first get permission from all adjacent property owners (in this case there are two), and then 90 percent of the homeowners within a 500 foot radius of the house.

If that happens — a big if — then the city would convene a review board to evaluate the filming request. But that process wouldn’t even get to that stage without the okay of the neighbors.

“We are very industry friendly, but not at the expense of residential needs,” Winick said.

Many Miami Beach homes have been featured in television series and films. Magic City and Burn Notice, as well as telenovelas, frequently use Beach venues. Filming is supposed to begin in a few weeks at a home on Pine Tree Drive for the movie Iron Man 3.

But because the filming is usually for only a day or  two, or a period of days, Winick said.

The survey by the Kardashian crew alarmed DiLido residents, who alerted each other through a Venetian Isle e-mail group and urged residents to call Winick’s office.

DiLido resident Marc Cooper framed it this way in an email to his neighbors:

“They are seeking a permit to film the Kardashian reality TV show at 714 W. Dilido. They propose to have the Kardashian group live in that house and film continuously for three months, with a constant film crew and supporting people following the Kardashian’s coming and going, as well as their daily life.

“This seems outrageous for a residential neighborhood…. Although they promise that their impact will be minimal, my guess is that it will not be.”

In a previous season of Kourtney and Khloe take Miami, the Kardashians used the penthouse of the Bentley Bay Hotel on Ocean Drive as their home. Because it was in a commercial building, a hotel, no special permissions were required. But this year, because older sister Kourtney has had a baby, they are looking for a single-family home environment, Winick said.

The DiLido house isn’t the first place they sought, Winick said. And the DiLido neighbors haven’t been the only onse to call and complain.

First, they attempted to get the okay from neighbors for use of a home on one of the Sunset Islands. They failed.

Now they are looking at the DiLido house and another home on North Bay Road between 46th and 47th Street, Winick said. Neighbors of that home have been calling as well.

19 responses to “Kardashian reality show house hunts on DiLido, North Bay Road

  1. Negra Rosencopper

    We should be welcoming filming – it spotlights our beautiful city, including our residential neighborhoods.

  2. Thewre is no North DiLido Drive. Its either East or West

  3. Negra, You don’t have to be a neighbor to these clowns. We do.

  4. The Real World Miami filmed for over 5 months on Rivo Alto Island, were the permits the same back then?

  5. 3 months of a circus-like environment in exchange for cocktail fodder? Sorry, if I’m a neighbor, there’s no way this goes down.

  6. I was in the Real World house when the show filmed on Rivo Alto, back in 1996. The difficulty with these shows is not the actual filming–that is actually very low-key and uninteresting. The Kardashians’ shows also do not feature big parties–they usually show domestic (boring, in my opinion) situations, which are the opposite of big parties. They cannot have loud music in the background–they can’t even play TVs!–because it would interfere with editing. So the house will be relatively quiet.

    When these shows film, there are virtually no structural changes made to the exterior of the house–other than extra lighting, which usually improves the appearance of the house, to be honest. These shows do not use typical production “flood lights” and other obtrusive elements used in a conventional production set.

    HOWEVER, the problem arises with the 20+ cars parked on the street, because of the film crews and production staff. That is a very legitimate concern, especially in an area like DiLido where the streets are narrow.

    The residents of DiLido will not benefit from complaining about noise, construction, or technical nuisances–because those issues will not be a problem, so the complaints will be dismissed. Instead, the residents need make sure the streets are not blocked by all the rental cars from the crew driving in and out every day; they also should ask the hours of filming, because if it films 24 hours a day then production crews will be coming in and out at 2 a.m., and that is annoying for anyone living next door.

    They also should insist that security officers are hired to keep photographers (and regular fans of the show) out of the neighborhood, since the address will certainly be posted on the Internet.

    Other than that…it won’t be a big deal. It won’t benefit the city financially because it’s not a big enough production; it won’t cause any major problems for residents; it will be mildly annoying and then be over.

  7. What about all the paparazzi stalking them to get photos? These photographers will be staking out the neighborhood creating extra traffic and invading privacy. The Kardashians welcome the paparazzis for free publicity!

  8. This is just so trashy. Doesn’t anyone care that the neighborhood
    will then become a destination for looney tune celebrity hounds?
    These Kardashians have no taste, no value and nothing to say.
    So, really, what does that have to say about their large following?

  9. when you can afford to live in an upscale exclusive area why would you sign your rights away to showcase “rich” white trash invaders

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  12. agreed we dont need them coming in and trashing our neighborhoods…enough of reality shows !

  13. You don’t wont the paparazzi around, nor the extra cars, however,, I’d rather watch a family reality show w/ & w/out drama, then watch a show w/killings.

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