This mega waterfront mansion, located on Bay Lane in Key Biscayne, FL, is owned by Edgardo and Ana Cristina Defortuna. Edgardo is a prominent real estate developer (has built hundreds of condos in Miami) and is the founder of Fortune International Realty. The couple purchased the property in 2002 for $5.4 million. At the time, former president Richard Nixon’s compound, dubbed the “Winter White House”, occupied the land. They initially wanted to expand the property but ultimately  tore it down. Then in 2005 they purchased an adjoining property for $8 million to make one big property. They built this huge 22,000 square foot mansion in its place. All in all they spent around $20 million to build their dream home. The home features 3 gated entrances, a courtyard 6 bedrooms, rotunda foyer with 26 foot ceilings and Y-shaped marble staircase, formal reception rooms, a “quincho” (Argentine term for a covered barbecue area), gym, spa, playroom, beauty salon, infinity swimming pool and more.

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  • Daniel

    I like it a lot. The exterior is very easy on the eyes. Interior has some nice spaces. Developers take note: you can have a GORGEOUS staircase and not have it be a double bridal. Not crazy about the white Miami modern interiors that seem to be in every single new house down there, regardless of exterior style. Overall, a lovely home.




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  • Marko

    I thought the exterior looked lovely in the first photo, even if the picture looked a bit overexposed or perhaps it was a cloudy day.

    But the waterfront facade is hideous. A venomous and cavernous beast, it reminds me of a ton of similar back facades of Newport Coast houses in cookie-cutter upscale neighbourhoods. Hideous. Just look at it.

    The office in this house is equally despicable, all that dark-wood paneling… More suited to a Texas Colonial or something like that.

    Why was there no mention of the architect?

    It seems as if The WSJ was really late to jump onto this one, it’s been covered by many newspapers and magazines in the past few years.




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  • Marko

    By the way, what is that little pool in the front yard? A fountain of some sort?

    The staircase is a poor man’s version of the staircase in the Château de Compiègne.




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  • Marko

    I thought the exterior looked lovely in the first photo, even if the picture looked a bit overexposed or perhaps it was a cloudy day.

    But the waterfront facade is hideous. A venomous and cavernous beast, it reminds me of a ton of similar back facades of Newport Coast houses in cookie-cutter upscale neighbourhoods. Hideous. Just look at it.

    The office in this house is equally despicable, all that dark-wood paneling… More suited to a Texas Colonial or something like that.

    Why was there no mention of the architect?

    It seems as if The WSJ was really late to jump onto this one, it’s been covered by many newspapers and magazines in the past few years.

    By the way, what is that little pool in the front yard? A fountain of some sort?

    The staircase is a poor man’s version of the staircase in the Château de Compiègne.
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  • opinionfree

    Pictures #2 and 6, actually say (hard gulp) mansion.
    Picture #7, is more reminiscent of a discount shopping center.
    How? Why? No.
    I have a hard time reconciling, that the same person, designed the front and rear façades on this house.




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