That sucker is getting leveled, y'all! Well, maybe…if the preservationists don't keep the case going in our legal system. The house was recently purchased by the reality couple who wanted to tear down the dilapidated structure and build their dream home. At that point, the Miami Design Preservation League found a cause and have been blocking the Hochsteins' plans.
The preservationists in Miami must be seething right about now! No, nothing has been decided about the historical designation of Real Housewives of MiamiLisa Hochstein's Star Island mansion (yawn), but the reality star is making sure she is enjoying the property while she can.
Many people want to bar the plastic surgery power couple from demolishing the 88-year-old estate to build a new McMansion. However, until they are given the greenlight for their "improvements," Lisa and her husband plan to milk the house "as is" for all it's worth…Bravo style.
The couple purchased an estate on Star Island at auction for the low, low price of $7.6 million. Lisa and Lenny intended to tear down the dilapidated structure on the foreclosed property and build their dream home in its place. Unfortunately, the pair's plans have been put on hold. They are now in a legal battle with the Miami Design Preservation League after the group's attempts to label the existing house as a historical landmark. If the preservationists are successful, then it's ciao to the new casa.
The home in question was designed in 1925 by famed Miami architect Walter DeGarmo famous for the popular Mediterranean-Revival style of historic Miami. When historic preservation groups got wind of the Hochsteins' plans they immediate swung into action and fought to deny the demolition.
Lenny and Lisa bought the home in a foreclosure auction sight unseen. No inspection was done at the time of purchase. Lenny claims they had initially planned to renovate the existing home but then discovered serious structural damage including a sinking foundation and decided it could not be salvaged. The home was NOT zoned a historic property at the time of purchase.
Preservation groups believe Lenny and Lisa planned to tear down the house all along and they are standing up to wealthy homeowners to protect their city.