Design Review Board to consider giant house on DiLido Island

Front view of proposed home at 206/212 W. DiLido Dr.

Front view of proposed home at 206/212 W. DiLido Dr.

Most of the attention at Tuesday’s Miami Beach Design Review Board meeting will be focused on the request from Real Housewife 0f Miami’s Lisa Hochstein and plastic surgeon hubby Leonard to knock down a 1925 Walter DeGarmo house on Star Island — replacing it with a mega-mansion.

But at the same meeting, the design board will consider another proposal — to knock down two homes (on two lots) on DiLido Island on the Venetian Causeway and replace them with one huge house.

appraiserThe address of the existing homes are 206 and 212 W. DiLido Dr. Each lot is 10,500 square feet, and according to the Miami-Dade Property Appraiser website, both homes were purchased by Ahmad Lee Khamsi — 212 W. DiLido in May 2011 (for $2.6 million) and 206 W. DiLido in June 2012 (for $2.28 million).

Khamsi is a telecom and cable executive who heads Supercable, which provides digital cable service in Venezuela and Colombia. He lived in the Boca Raton area for more than a decade.

Both existing homes were built in the 1950s, and are just under 3,600 square feet each.

The new home design is just under 12,000 square feet, plus a large roof deck. It was designed by architects Choeff+Levy. Miami Beach Design Review staff called it “very handsomely designed.”

Petitioners against it say it’s out of scale for the island.

But in an email to Venetian homeowners, Venetian Island Homeowners Association president Juergen Brendel wrote:

These larger new high end homes will sell for much more per sq ft and enhance the value of all the nearby houses and lots. Opposing such development would be scaring all the ones that are currently paying high $$$ for our members. We should not do this.

He has also hired one of the best architect firm in the world from South Africa and is paying millions in design fees. We should encourage this it will raise the caliber of the neighborhood!

In any case, the 2 houses being replaced are really ugly and in disrepair. They need to be changed!


5 responses to “Design Review Board to consider giant house on DiLido Island

  1. With a homeowners association president like that, who needs enemies!?! This would dwarf the largest house on the island by 45%. It just doesn’t make sense. Also, many of the newer construction homes are languishing on the market, with several in foreclosure. This does nothing but bring down the property values. Lets get it together before the islands lose all of their historical relevance!


    Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Pingback: DiLido property owner withdraws plan for two-lot mansion | Belle Isle Blog

  4. Stacchino, your statements are misleading..if you look at the Venetian Islands as a whole, this would not even be the largest home, much less the largest by 45%. Additionally, over the past 2 years, it has been the modern new builds that have sold the fastest and seen the greatest price appreciation while the older traditional style homes have languished and seen an increase in sellers. His home would improve the island and not destroy any of the existing ambiance.

  5. @Ale Michaels,
    Thanks for your note. Unfortunately you are mistaken. The largest house on all of the 3 Venetian Islands that are in Miami Beach is 11,824 square feet – on a 30,625 square foot lot in San Marino (0.39 unit-to-lot coverage). The design mentioned in this article is for an 11,906 square foot house, which would be bigger than the largest house – so actually it would be the largest one in all of the 3 Venetian Islands in MB (with 0.56 unit to lot coverage..). The 3rd largest is 9,097 – 31% smaller than this one and with a more neighborhood-consistent 0.34 unit to lot coverage.

    Per your note about the modern new builds selling the fastest and seeing the greatest price appreciation – any examples you care to share? I see many of the homes being for sale now at much higher prices than they were purchased for, but I don’t see a lot of actual sales. For example, 227 E DiLido, which I’ve mentioned as an example of outsized homes on DiLido – has been on the market for a very long time (several years it seems)… still no takers. Doing a quick check of 20 of the largest homes sold this year, none of them are these new construction homes.. I’m not sure where you are getting your data from but would love to know about some examples based on actual sales.

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