13 April 2015

Eddie Irvine sells luxury Miami house for $10.5m


Ex-Formula One driver Eddie Irvine may be taking life slowly following his retirement from racing, but he appears to be very much in the fast lane of the property business.

The north Down man’s American company, Eddie Irvine Homes, has reportedly sold a luxury property in Miami Beach for a cool $10.5m (£7.1m).

The 6,612 sq ft home is based on the secluded Venetian Islands estate, and was for sale strictly to the wealthy.

Irvine never lived in the home, but he did offer it for rent at $100,000 a month.

The property boasts stunning panoramic views around the Biscayne Bay.

The six-bed house, which was built last year, includes a summer kitchen and two large terraces, ideal for the playboy lifestyle. Julian Johnston, of Calibre International Realty, told Florida real estate news website The Real Deal that the house was worth every cent.

“The master bedroom is the best part of the house,” he said. “You feel like you’re on a yacht.”

It is unclear exactly how much Eddie paid for the site, however, public records state that it was purchased by another company in 2011 for $1.6m prior to his interest.

Irvine has four sites in the south Florida area, with building work well under way at one and work about to start on another.

All are destined to become playgrounds for the rich and famous.

In 2013, the 49-year-old sold a similar property in the US state for $7m after shelling out $2m for the building site in 2010.

And just last year, Irvine dropped the price of his luxury Dublin bolthole to just £3m after nearly 10 years of trying to offload the property.

The ultra- modern bachelor pad at Sorrento Road, in the exclusive village of Dalkey, boasted all the mod-cons and an array of famous neighbours, including U2’s Bono and The Edge.

Irvine raced for Ferrari, Jordan and Jaguar during his F1 career and was runner-up in the world championship in 1999.

Bookmakers have put him at odds of 25-1 to feature in the BBC’s revamped Top Gear following the departure of Jeremy Clarkson.

View this and more articles on the Belfast Telegraph.

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