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Why Miami Is Becoming the ‘Russian Riviera’

27 Feb

Miami Waterfront Homes.

Miami Waterfront Homes.

On a recent afternoon, Miami real-estate agent Jill Eber is taking a Russian millionaire on a mansion-shopping trip.

“This is the Versace Room,” Eber says, walking into a vast living room of blue velvet sofas and gold French Imperial lamps. “It really makes a statement.”

The mansion, “Castello del Sole,” sits on an exclusive island on Miami Beach and has eight bedrooms, nine baths and a three-story foyer with fresco ceilings. The grounds include two yacht docks, a tennis court, guest villas, a five-car garage and a lagoon-style pool with over 100,000 gallons of water.

The asking price: $37 million.

“I like it,” says the Russian buyer, sliding on her Gucci shades as she admires the water views. “It’s a maybe.”

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