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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

2015.

“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.

$41.5 mil­lion.

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.

PHOTOS BY KA­TIA BATES/COUR­TESY

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