Arguably one of the biggest stars of the upcoming 'The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story' will not just be Ricky Martin lounging by the pool, but also the iconic Mediterranean Revival South Beach home of Gianni Versace. Since his murder (outside the front gates), the home has seen many incarnations as a hotel, which has thankfully helped preserve Versace’s over-the-top taste. The hotel now operates as The Villa Casa Casuarina and is back open for business since it was taken over for a few months for the cast and crew to film the TV show.
Here are just some of the many insane features:
-The 23,000-square-foot mansion has 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and a 54-foot-long mosaic pool lined with 24-karat gold.
-It is the only private residence on busy Ocean Drive.
-Versace reportedly had the pool made in Italy, broken down in sections, and mailed to U.S. where it was put together by a team of 75.
It has over a 100 million Italian mosaic tiles, and the design is shared with a scarf in Versace's South Beach Collection.
-Versace brought in the poolside statues from a 16-century chateau in France.
-The poolside rotunda's floor is rumored to contain a cryptic code.
Rates start in January around $1,100.