Architecture & Design

The Temple House, South Beach's Largest Home, Can Be Yours for a Cool $17 Million

Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen the inside of the largest home on South Beach. It was the filming site of One Direction's "Best Song Ever" music video. It was the photo shoot location for a Kardashian Christmas card. And it's hosted dozens of private events -- upscale weddings and corporate shindigs for the likes of Microsoft, Nike, and Sony.

Now, the Temple House, at 1415 Euclid Ave., is on the market -- for a cool $17 million.

The price -- more than $1 million per 1,000 square feet -- might seem a bit steep. But Darren Weiner, managing member of Antigen Realty who's brokering the sale, said in a statement that this house is actually a steal. "Taking into consideration that multiple condo units in the neighborhood have sold recently for between $21 million and $34 million, without the size, privacy, or substantial revenue-generating capabilities of the Temple House, this is a tremendous value for the savvy end-use buyer or investor at $16.925 million."

The property, measuring 16,350 square feet, was built by art deco architect L. Murray Dixon in 1933. (Dixon is also known for designing the Tides, Victor, and Raleigh hotels.) It hasn't always been a home; the property was converted into a temple (hence the name) by midcentury modern architect Lester Avery in the '60s and was returned to use as a residence in 2003.

Now, its website describes, the Temple House boasts five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, and a host of upscale features: a private outdoor pool deck, two-car garage, brand-new elevator, and "over 50 tons of air conditioning," which was a thing we didn't know could even be measured in tons. Prospective buyers can also expect "30-foot ceilings in the 6,600-square-foot great room, theater room, 1,200-square-foot kitchen, state-of-the-art lighting and audio system, new terrace pool with iridescent mosaics and waterfalls... imposing and majestic."

Imposing, majestic, and kind of sterile, no? The site looks like it still has more of a "swanky corporate event" ambiance than a homey feel. But hey, maybe that's what multimillionaires are looking for these days.

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Ciara LaVelle is New Times' former arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University and moved to Florida in 2004. She joined New Times' staff in 2011.
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