Famed artist Chuck Close closed on an upscale beachfront condo in Miami Beach, FL, where he spends the winter as a New York snowbird.
Early in his career, Close was known for making photorealistic portraits so detailed it was hard to tell if they were photographs or not. Later, after a medical condition left him largely paralyzed, his artwork transitioned into large portraits using unconventional media.
In January, he purchased a 1,316-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Miami for $3.4 million. He’s a big fan of the building—it’s the second unit he’s purchased there so far, listing agent Lourdes Gutierrez said.
The apartment is located at the Setai Miami, an upscale, 40-story building completed in 2004. It operates as a full-service condo hotel, where buyers can place their units into a hotel rental pool (and generate income when they’re not around) or keep them exclusively for themselves.
Close’s 25th-floor unit features floor-to-ceiling windows in each room, offering amazing views of Miami Beach’s golden sand, palm trees, and azure waters. A balcony with glass railing runs the length of the unit.
The unit was recently renovated and upgraded to one of the Setai’s top interior design packages. The kitchen has custom cabinets, stainless-steel appliances, and dark countertops. The master bedroom has a floor-to-ceiling headboard with built-in lighting. Both bathrooms have dark-tiled walk-in showers. The master bath has a separate soaking tub.
The apartment was listed in mid-January for $4.2 million, which means Close picked it up for $800,000 less than the asking price.
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