She also added blue shadow marble flooring, imported from Brazil, in the living room.
“I didn’t want to use carpet or area rugs,” she said, rather she wanted to “create a design with the floor. We created a design with the slabs. That was reflecting the middle of the property. The design is perfectly centered between the front door and the back door, everything is perfectly aligned.”
The floor alone cost about $250,000.
The home also got new plumbing, electrical wiring and landscaping. “We removed every floor, almost every wall,” Bates said.
The space includes a nearly 3,000-square-foot master suite with ensuite bathrooms; private balconies; a beauty treatment/ massage room; fitness/gym areas and a coral stone fireplace. The oversized garage features space for any size vehicles including a luxury bus.
The Bates purchased the home as an investment in
2016 for $3.7 million.
If it sells at the asking price, it would be the highest grossing property in the county: The most expensive single-family real estate in Broward’s history is a Fort Lauderdale property that sold for $27.5 million in
“It’s not really a remodel, it’s a rebuild. It would be a pity to knock the house done. The house structurally was perfectly done,” said Bates, whose jobs included the lavish Ocean Drive estate of famed fashion designer Gianni Versace.
After Versace’s death, his family sold the property. Bates said the new owner hired her to decorate the home since the Versace family stripped it of personal items and artwork. Then, when it was going to be sold as a hotel, she said she was hired to decorate it a second time. The Villa Casa Casuarina now is part of the Victor Hotels group, which acquired the mansion at a 2013 auction for The same decorator who had a hand in styling the Versace mansion is selling the Fort Lauderdale home of another notable she also designed. Interior designer Katia Bates and her homebuilder husband bought the house on Bontona Avenue in 2016 for $3.7 million and it has been a work in progress since. The home, at 529 Bontona Ave., has six bedrooms, nine full and one half bathrooms, and 750 feet on the water with enough dock space for a mega-yacht.
View unique real estate properties and celebrity homes at SunSentinel.com/PrimeProperty. The house itself has “pedigree,” Bates says, because it belonged to Bonnie Huizenga, the sister of legendary businessman H. Wayne Huizenga, who was the founder of companies including Waste Management, Blockbuster and AutoNation.