Inside Miami's Utterly Bonkers Manmade Water Fortress

Posted: March 28, 2012  |  By: Sarah Firshein [Curbed]

Some properties are so outrageous that the souls who run real estate blogs hope and pray that they will eventually come on the market. This is one of them: the low-lying water world that Miami architect Charles Sieger (known for multi-million-dollar residential high-rises) built for himself smack in a land-locked Miami neighborhood. Now that moat-surrounded castle is for sale for the first time since its completion in 2007, with a list price of $10.9 million.

As if to reveal Sieger's deepest personal obsessions, everything about the property is painstakingly symmetrical, from the quite-obviously manmade lake to the diamond-shaped courtyard to the pair of concrete gazebos (accessed by stepping-stone paths) jutting out to either side of the house. The eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom, 10,100-square-foot interiors have a bright, airy, double-height living room, but the ornate wrought-iron rail running around the second story creates a moody, almost Gothic feel (as do many of the furnishings). And if Stonehenge and the Roman Forum were to have an extremely modern baby, it would likely resemble that sculpture garden out back.

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