Hip-hop Renaissance man Pharrell Williams once described how living in his Miami penthouse was like living in a reverse fishbowl. He could look out below and see everything happening, but no one could see him. Well, now it looks like Williams wants a new perspective.

The producer/singer/writer/fashionista has listed his 9,000-square-foot penthouse duplex at 2127 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33129 for $16.8 million. The 39-year-old artist bought the place in 2007 for $12.5 million.

The apartment features stunning 360-degree views of south Florida’s big city and Biscayne Bay and has 5 bedroom, 6.5 bathrooms, terraces everywhere and its own swimming pool. Judging from pictures taken for the incredible The Selby blog back in 2010, a lot of Williams’ incredible modern art and furniture collection has been set aside for staging purposes, but it’s clear the creatively gifted Williams made excellent use of the monstrous loft-like space to showcase his art collection, including pieces by Keith Haring.

Pharrell Williams captured at home by photographer Todd Selby. Source: The Selby

It’s not clear exactly where the talented Mr. Williams is heading next, but he’s given some clues about the grand dreams he has for his future housing desire.

“I love everything that Frank Gehry does. I wish I could have that man build me a Wayne Manor-style mansion, like his idea of it,” Williams said in a W Magazine interview that included a nice slideshow of him at home in his penthouse.

“And Zaha Hadid. I’d like her to do a house for me that is partially submerged in the ocean. Those would be my two dreams,” he said.

While his crib is being shopped in Miami, Williams is out criss-crossing the globe to promote his new book, “Pharrell: The Places and Spaces I’ve Been,” by art house publisher Rizzoli. The book was given a nice write-up this week in The New York Times.


About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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