First-Ever MetaReal Mansion Launched by Meta Residence and ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Meta Residence, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Voxel Architects recently will collaborate on the building and selling of a luxury mansion in Miami that will also come with a virtual counterpart. The first real-world mansion using NFT technology inside of The Sandbox metaverse. The purchaser of the NFT asset will also acquire ownership rights of the physical home.

“We are building a rare lifestyle experience that blurs the lines between the metaverse and reality,” says Gabe Sierra, president of the joint venture between the three companies. “Never before has a project like this been delivered, and we are proud to offer the buyer of this NFT a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the first MetaReal mansion ever created.”

Located over one acre within one of Miami’s most sought-after neighborhoods, the 11,000 square-foot home will feature seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The virtual version will be a mirror image of the property. Michael Martinez with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is the exclusive sales agent for the project and plans to execute the transaction on the Ethereum blockchain. The metaverse mansion is expected to list for auction in 2022 with a yet-to-be-disclosed listing price. 

“Being able to leverage my expertise to pair a homeowner with real and virtual property is something I never imagined being a part of, it’s exhilarating,” Martinez says. “We look forward to finding a buyer for this spectacular property and being involved in a momentous deal in this new era of homeownership.” 

The joint venture has also acquired the equivalent of over 40 acres in the metaverse for future projects that may include homes and commercial properties, marketing and gaming endeavors. 

“As a company, we push boundaries and constantly evolve with the changing dynamics of the industry—always on the cutting-edge of real estate, art and technology,” says Daniel de la Vega, president of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. “We believe that the metaverse will play a role in the future of real estate in one way or another. This deal represents a bold move to support our clientele where the real and virtual worlds converge, and we look forward to presenting the property to our unrivaled global network.”

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.