There’s a rumor going around right now that pop star Shakira could be selling her home in Miami Beach, and that the current asking price is $12.9 million. The price asked for the home in 2013 was 14.95 million, and this discount may help the property to gain more traction amongst potential buyers. The house is not currently listed on the multiple listing service, or MLS, and there’s no guarantee that the house is actually up for sale. Ben Moss, the managing director of the sports and entertainment division for One Sotheby’s International Realty, actually says that the house is not up for sale at all.
However, others dispute this claim. DesignTrend.com, the New York Post, and the Miami New Times all say that the property is indeed for sale, and that the asking price is $12.9 million. Shakira has been the owner of the home since 2001, and at the time, she paid a mere $3.38 million for the property. The home is 8,355 square feet and features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It is located at 3140 North Bay Road and is on Biscayne Bay. Click here to view all North Bay Road homes for sale here. It features a nursery, gym, dock, and much more. Some of the former celebrity neighbors include Ricky Martin and Matt Damon. Last year, Damon actually sold his neighboring home for $15.4 million.
While it’s still up in the air whether the sale is real, most of the signs seem to point to it, just that it will be a quiet affair. Given the fact that Shakira now lives in Barcelona with Gerard Pique and their son, chances are high that she’s looking to sell the home now that she no longer lives there. It’s a large property that’s too large for a vacation home for most people, so selling makes sense.
Why Don’t Celebrities List Houses on MLS?
When celebrities sell their homes, it’s often done rather quietly and for good reason. They do not often put their homes on the MLS, as it simply invites too many people who have no real intention of buying and who only want to see where a celebrity lived to come out to the property. This can be distracting and problematic when it comes to trying to sell these types of homes. Thus, keeping things quieter and private is generally the order of the day. This is a whisper listing, and it’s what the NY Post believes is happening with Shakira’s home. Given her high profile, this makes quite a bit of sense.
They will be able to limit the number of people who come through the home, and they will be able to prescreen the potential buyers to see if they are motivated and legitimate. This helps to keep provide the celebrities with a bit more privacy. You will find that most high profile people, whether they are singers, actors, athletes, or simply very wealthy, like to keep as many of the details of selling their homes private whenever possible.