Extravagant homes, flashy cars, designer bags, ridiculous plastic surgery and diamonds galore. All are par for the course in Miami, where the rich show their assets in luxurious fashion. Status is all about appearance in the 305, and displays of wealth are not modest. Sorry to our more reserved peeps in the Northeast. We like to flaunt what we got!
There certainly was a lot of wealth on display Friday night for newcomer Bill Dean’s birthday bash at his $40 million casa on Pine Tree Drive. While people have been hearing about Terra Veritatis—and driving by the construction site—this was the first glimpse of the mega mansion. Fittingly, it was a black tie affair hosted by Michael Capponi, who, in addition to being the biggest nightlife promoter in Miami, also runs one of the most prodigious construction companies. (His Capponi Construction Group built the compound.) Capponi enlisted his good friend, and fellow philanthropist, Sarah Arison for co-hosting duties.
Tuxedo-clad guests circulated around the 2.35-acre property on Friday night and marveled at features like a self-contained two-story nightclub, four outdoor hot tubs, tennis court, gym and 600-feet of waterfront frontage. In total, the property boasts over 18,000-square-feet of living space with seven bedrooms, spa, four guest suites and the nightclub (which doubles as a pool house).
While the weather on Friday was unseasonably cool, that didn’t stop most of the women from getting decked out in a stunning array of floor-length gowns. I was pretty impressed that 90 percent of the guests adhered to the dress code.
I ran into a lot of local Miamians including DJ Irie, Eric Milon, Tara Solomon, Nick D’Annunzio, Dana Dowd, Bart Hoover, Joey Goldman, Steven Rosenthal, “Sir” Ivan Wilzig (clad in his signature cape) and, of course, Capponi. Also making the scene were Anthony Shriver, Claudine Smurfit, Thomas Kramer, Vanessa Grout, Lisa Hochstein, Katrina Campins, Norma Quintero, Martina Basabe and Michael Saylor. Even better, the bimbo quotient was pretty low, all things being considered.
Another cool (temporary) feature was the artsy installation called the “sOap bubble.” The clear dome sat on the great lawn and kept visitors warm and intoxicated with flowing cocktails. It was such a focal point that revelers were taking pictures all night.
It was a sophisticated evening with plenty of alcohol and party conversation. Since this was conceived of as a bachelor pad, I’m not sure, going forward, how civilized future parties are going to be. And that’s okay, because, as I pointed out earlier, it’s more fun when Miamians aren’t on their best behavior!