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A Florida mansion was listed last month for $85 million in one of the richest neighborhoods in the United States.
The seven-bedroom, 14-bathroom waterfront home is part of Indian Creek Village, an ultra luxe, super exclusive private island known as “Billionaire Bunker.” The 300-acre island in Biscayne Bay has about 30 homes, a country club and golf course. Celebrity neighbors include Tom Brady, Ivanka Trump and Julio Iglesias, one of the most successful and popular Spanish singers of his era.
The 23,000-square-feet mansion at 12 Indian Creek Island Road, situated on 80,000 square feet of land, features a wood-paneled library, movie theater, wine cellar, wet bar and cabana house, according to a Facebook post by Dina Goldentayer Real Estate.
“If sold for asking, this home would break the record for the most expensive sale in Billionaire’s Bunker. The current neighborhood record was a home sold in 2019 down the road for $50 million,” Forbes reported.
On May 27, David Chen went out on a “curiosity paddle” from nearby Oleta River State Park and posted his kayaking adventure on Facebook. His photos and video clips give an exclusive view to one of the world’s most famous neighborhoods. He “paddled by Beer Can Island (Sandspur Island) and Kayaking Cove island before crossing the very busy boat channel to Indian Creek,” he said in his post.
In addition to the mansions there, residents have access to the Indian Creek Country Club. The area has its own law enforcement, Indian Creek Village Police Department.
“The security appears to be tight around the island,” Chen said on his social post. “As I paddled around it, a police boat came cruising past twice.”
A former First Daughter of the United States calls Indian Creek home. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner paid $32 million for an empty waterfront lot on the island from singer Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias’ father, according to Business Insider.
Billionaire Norman Braman, an American car dealer and former owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, owns a home there, according to David Chen. Other notable residents, he added, include late Dolphins coach Don Shula and financier Carl Icahn.
Adriana Lima, a fellow Brazilian supermodel and former Victoria’s Secret Angel like Gisele Bundchen, previously lived in Indian Creek. News reports show Lima sold her mansion for $40 million.
In 2020, Tom Brady and his then-wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, bought a $17 million house in Indian Creek Island. They were married from 2009 to fall 2022.
Brady, 45, has seven Super Bowl rings, the most touchdown passes and wins, in the regular season and playoffs, ever by a single player. In 2019, Brady left the New England Patriots for a two-year, $50 million deal to play quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The 42-year-old Bundchen, one of the highest paid models in the world, is a Brazilian supermodel, author, environmental activist and former Victoria’s Secret angel.
In a video, Brady announced his (second) retirement from the NFL from a beach in Surfside in North Miami, which is close to Indian Creek Village. The location of the retirement announcement became a hot topic when someone collected sand from the beach where Brady filmed, placed it in a Mason jar, and then put it up for auction. The owner started the bidding at $677 in honor of the total of passing and rushing touchdowns Brady scored in his 23-year career.
As of 2017, there were 41 platted waterfront residential home sites (which are owned by 36 property owners with 29 estate homes), Indian Creek Village’s website states.
In the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930s, a group of Midwestern millionaires began to develop Indian Creek from a “muck-covered island into an exclusive enclave,” according to the village’s Comprehensive Plan. They purchased the mangrove swamp in 1928 to build a European castle-like country club.
The island was incorporated as Indian Creek Village on May 19, 1939. According to the Plan, there is no opportunity, need, or future plan for commercial, industrial, or multi-family residential development. There are no municipal owned lands or publicly dedicated rights-of-way on the island, which is limited by its small size and high property values.
The Village is accessed from the Town of Surfside via a 60-foot wide bridge, which connects tothe Island and a 1.6 mile, private two-lane roadway.
Contributing: Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY
Sangalang is a lead digital producer for USA TODAY Network-Florida. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @byjensangalang. Support local journalism. Consider subscribing to a Florida newspaper.

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