The historic waterfront estate owned by the late Sir Edward Porter, Miami fashion educator, is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years and is listed for $12.9 million by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.
“The estate was the home of our grandparents, and we feel like it’s time for us to let it go as well,” said Mikhael Porter, the Porters’ grandchild and listing agent of ONE SIR. The estate is co-listed by Mikhael Porter, Mirce Curkoski, and Albert Justo.
The Miami Beach estate located on North Bay Road was built in 1924 by the mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey, Frank Hague. According to the listing agent, the last time the estate was on the market was back when Porter and his wife, Lady Anna Lee Porter purchased the property for $100,000 in 1965. In 1966 the couple co-founded Miami’s International Fine Arts College, now known as the Miami International University of Art and Design.
The residence has nine bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, and three half bathrooms. It features 8,521 square feet of living space including the living room with a 22-foot-high ceiling, the kitchen with original 1920s Spanish tiles, sunroom and bar, and a suite with a separate entrance for guests. Upstairs you’ll find the master suite and three additional bedrooms. The room above the master suite has beautiful panoramic views of the waterfront and downtown Miami. The home also includes hurricane-impact windows and central heating and air conditioning.
The $12.9 million estate sits on a 25,410 square foot lot with 120 feet of waterfront property as well as a private dock. It features fruit trees, a classic Mediterranean pool, and a three-car garage.
“The home has been unchanged since the 1960s, so most people will want to update the house,” Mr. Porter said. “It’s a unique property that offers creative opportunities at every turn. You can blend Mediterranean with modern, or completely rebuild with a design of your own.” Zoning also allows an additional 4,000 square feet to be added to the residence.