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He may hail from Long Island, where he crooned about hometown steadies Brenda and Eddie, but Billy Joel took his love of the beachy life all the way to the top — or to the bottom — of the continental U.S. with his waterfront home in the Miami Beach real estate market.

With a tip of the hat to The Real Estalker, we have come to learn the Piano Man is now seeking to divest himself of the 9,200-square-foot mansion he bought in 2006 for $13.5 million in cash. Joel is asking $14.75 million.

The 7-bedroom 8.5-bath Mediterranean waterfront estate at 82 Lagorce Circle is located on the exclusive La Gorce Island. And at 8,881 square feet, the manse is not lacking for places for the talented Mr. Joel to relax or create. Word is that winters are when he flocked to this haven, which boasts expansive areas indoors and out that have breathtaking views of the Biscayne Bay.

According to listing notes, the home also has a “luxurious bar with wine cellar, gourmet chef’s kitchen, formal living and dining room, office and sumptuous master suite all of which showcase the finest details and finished. Perfect home for entertaining w/ outdoor summer kitchen. Over 150 feet of water frontage.”

Joel most recently made headlines for praising the rendition of his famous Piano Man ballad as played by a 6-year-old boy with autism. Joel said he liked the boy’s intro better than his own.

From Real Estalker, we get the lowdown on the neighborhood where Joel has splashed around these past six years:

La Gorce Island has long been a favored enclave by celebs and big bizness types with the dough and inclination to maintain a mansion in Miami. Cher once owned a big house just down the street from Mister Joel as did Latin pop/crossover star Shakira. Bee Gee Maurice Gibb bought a La Gorce Island mansion only the year before he died in 2003 and tatted up, dope-smoking rapper Lil’ Wayne is well known to have leased a colossal, 20,000-plus waterfront contemporary on La Gorce Island once listed for sale at $13,900,000 and that he may or may not have purchased last year.

In addition to the mansion in Miami Beach bought a few years after they were married for $13,500,000 and now up for grabs for $14,750,000, Mister Joel and his much younger third ex-wife Katie Lee bought a slew of high-priced East Coast properties, some of which have been unsuccessfully up for sale and others that have been sold off.

 

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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 Examiner.com. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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