The property at 420 Hibiscus Dr. — just off the MacArthur Causeway on the 0.1-percenter playground that is Hibiscus Island — was built in 1937. Compared to other Florida buildings, that might as well be the Stone Age: The structure is so old it's been deemed "architecturally significant" by the Miami Beach government.
So, naturally, a billionaire wants to bulldoze the place. According to public filings first published yesterday by the real-estate blog the Next Miami, superdeveloper Moishe Mana — who owns some of the most prominent real estate in town — wants to plow over the existing structure on Hibiscus Drive and build himself an stupidly ornate new home.
According to city records, Mana wants to demolish the historic residence to build some sort of modern, boxy glass monstrosity that, notably, would break local zoning laws. Mana wants his mansion to stretch 28 feet tall — four feet higher than Miami Beach zoning codes allow. His estate would also boast three floors, a bayfront infinity pool, a water-lily pond, a glass atrium, a spa and steam room, a double-height walk-in closet, an escalator, and a goddamn glass elevator.
Mana is also now buying up large tracts of land in Miami's rapidly gentrifying downtown. He seemingly cannot be stopped. In the past few years alone, Wynwood officials have blasted him for using "bait-and-switch" negotiating tactics with city board members, and he's even been sued by a local contractor who said Mana had stiffed him out of $500,000 and was using "Trump tactics" to avoid paying the money. (The case was eventually settled out of court in 2017.) But God forbid a billionaire live in a substandard palace!