The former Versace mansion with large numbers of tourists at its gates
A cult location for fashionistas
If you are in the South Beach area, whether you are a fashionista or not, there is one place that could be of interest. As you walk along Ocean Drive, you will know you have found it when you see a group of tourists taking photos by a large, iron gate. On this very spot, number 1116 Ocean Drive, you will be in front of the mansion that used to belong to the designer Gianni Versace. The fact that the fashion designer used to live there, and that he was killed just outside its gates, gives the place such a morbid fascination that few people can resist having a photograph taken in front of its gates. The mansion, Mediterranean style and built in 1930, was bought by the Italian creator in the nineties. After a top to bottom renovation, he made it into a living illustration of opulence. The mansion lost is links with the Versace family some years ago and used to house a supremely luxurious boutique hotel and restaurant called The Villa by Barton B. Currently (2013) it is closed to the public... and for sale.