Messi Scores Fort Lauderdale Estate for Nearly $11 Million

Team Simpkin of Compass, the Official Real Estate Partner of Inter Miami CF, represented the soccer star during the transaction.

Inter Miami CF Lionel Messi has found his South Florida home after purchasing a Fort Lauderdale estate in the esteemed Bay Colony gated community for $10.75 million. The property is a stunning 10,500 square feet, with eight bedrooms, nine and a half bathrooms, a three-car garage and a pool. Team Simpkin of Compass worked with the utmost discretion to find Messi’s family their ideal property.

“We are endlessly grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing clientele and provide premier services across South Florida,” Samuel Simpkin says, Principal of Team Simpkin of Compass. “We believe our extensive market knowledge and keen understanding of our clients’ needs has led us to the successful sale of this property to the Messi family. Team Simpkin is the Exclusive Real Estate Partner of Inter Miami CF and has been assisting players and their families find homes and begin their lives in the area since Inter Miami’s inception. This is a full circle moment for us, myself having a soccer background and our team being deeply vested in the Fort Lauderdale community; it is truly an honor to help this organization continue to build its legacy.”

Since the inception of Inter Miami CF in 2018, Team Simpkin of Compass has been working closely with the club, providing real estate consulting services not only to athletes, coaches and staff but also to their families. As the Official Real Estate Partner for the club, Team Simpkin helps players who are relocating to the area from other countries. They assist in finding the right schools, doctors, banks and other life necessities to make the transition as smooth as possible. Acting as a bespoke relocation concierge, Team Simpkin is committed to providing the best possible service to their clients.

“We take immense pride in the relationships we have been able to foster with the team, their families and fans,” Donna Simpkin says, Co-Principal of Team Simpkin of Compass. “As lifelong South Floridians, Team Simpkin is incredibly invested in our community and works tirelessly to provide the ultimate service to our clientele. This transaction underscores Team Simpkin’s dedication to our clients, their families and their futures in South Florida.”

Team Simpkin of Compass was established with a commitment to make a positive difference in the lives of every client. The team takes pride in their relationship-driven approach to business, which has helped them build a vast network of clients and partners. Team Simpkin is dedicated to working with Inter Miami CF and clients in South Florida and beyond, with their most recent expansion into the northeast region, specifically Portsmouth, NH.

For more information about Team Simpkin or to inquire about their services, please visit ​​Teamsimpkin.com

Photos courtesy of MLS

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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.