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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.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

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.