Phil Collins would like his house back

A pedigree dating from 1929. Recent ownership by Jennifer Lopez. A prime Miami Beach dockside location. A colonnaded loggia overlooking a pool lined with Dominican coral stone. There’s a lot to praise about this seven-bedroom, 10-bathroom Mediterranean mansion, all 12,153 square feet of it.

But what’s making headlines is its salacious celebrity story, for the outrageously lavish home is at the center of a hot mess of a divorce between singer Phil Collins and his ex, jewelry designer Orianne Cevey. Their story didn’t end with their split in 2008, when Collins paid Cevey a nearly $47 million settlement. They got back together in 2016, then Cevey eloped in August to Las Vegas to marry another man.

Now Collins wants Cevey out, demanding she give up the following homey attributes, many of them featured in The New York Times Style Magazine: a wine cellar with temperature control for 600-800 bottles, an elevator, integrated security and camera system, Lutron lighting, Creston home automation systems, Petz impact windows, a private master terrace, custom-designed walk-in closets, a three-car garage, a lush royal palm forest, and a koi pond.

The Genesis frontman paid $33 million for the 5800 North Bay Road spread in 2015, though Zillow lists the value at a mere $23,642,553. Now that Cevey has hired armed guards to stave off eviction, it’s probably not an opportune time to have the property reassessed.

Drew Limsky
dlimsky@sfbwmag.com
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