Loftin loftily said he wants the public to continue to have access to what he calls a "work of art." Versace did expensive renovations at the house, which was built in the Thirties, ripping down the Art Deco hotel next door and building a spectacular mosaic pool, waterfall and orchid-filled garden that remains exactly as he left it. Casa Casuarina boasts an elaborate central courtyard, 13 bedrooms, marble floors, indoor and outdoor dining rooms, multiple reception areas, floor-to-ceiling trompe l’oeil works, a deck on the roof and an observatory with a telescope that allows one to see exactly what the boys and girls frolicking on the beach in front are up to. The house is in generally good condition.
Complicated Florida laws still allow you to make your home into a castle and shield it from creditors. Any takers?
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are spending a few days at one of the family estates, Birkhill Castle, in Royal Deeside in Northeast Scotland. Charles has brought in Catherine Goodman, the director of his drawing school in East London, to give Camilla lessons in watercolors, the better to accompany him on his painting expeditions in Italy this summer, which are so dear to his heart, and maybe to Camilla, his heart’s desire.