Inside Gianni Versace’s former Miami mansion home with 24-karat gold swimming pool

These incredible pictures inside the Versace Mansion reveal the extravagant lifestyle of the late fashion designer.

Gianni Versace spent £28million renovating the three-storey building after he purchased it in 1992.

His death on July 15, 1997 shocked the fashion world.



The South Beach mansion is now a luxury hotel

He was tragically shot dead at point blank range on the steps of his Miami mansion by serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

The 27-year-old had previously killed at least four other people over a three-month spree before turning the gun on the charismatic designer.

But he evaded justice after taking his own life as the police closed in on him eight days after he had murdered Gianni.



Stunning pictures from inside Versace’s mansion have been revealed

The story hit the spotlight last year after hit show The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, which first aired on BBC2, dropped on Netflix.

But it wasn’t just the dramatic plot that caught everyone’s attention.

The incredible Versace mansion still stands today and was used whilst filming the hit show.

Its stunning interiors delighted viewers who were hooked on the dramatic and tragic storyline.



Versace spent $33 million renovating the house

After Versace’s tragic death, family members sold the property for $41.3 million and it was turned into a luxury hotel, Villa Casa Casuarina.

But the breathtaking mansion still retains a lot of original features and designs, with only a few tweaks.

Guests can now stay the night in one of the hotel’s ten custom suites in the incredible property on the popular Miami Beach.



Gianni Versace was gunned down by a serial killer

The fashion icon splashed out millions renovating the 19,000 square foot mansion as well as knocking down a hotel next door to expand his garden and swimming pool.

And the plush home still showcases the late desinger’s flamboyant taste, with animal prints galore.

Perhaps the most over-the-top feature is the mosaic swimming pool, which is made up of tiles imported from Italy with thousands of them made from 24-karat gold.



The 54-foot mosaic pool is lined with 24-karat gold

In 2005, Kelly Clarkson jumped in the golden pool fully clothed after winning a VMA trophy and attending Snoop Dogg’s after party at the home.

In the mansion’s hallway, a water fountain carved from statues creates a dramatic centrepiece.

The house was modelled after a the oldest building in the Americas, a house owned by Diego Columbus, Christopher Columbus’s eldest son in the Dominican Republic.

And it was originally built in 1930 by the architect, author, and philanthropist, Alden Freeman.

A history fan, Freeman even brought back a brick from Alcázar de Colón that still stands at the right side of the main entrance to the mansion.

Before Versace’s death, the villa was a celebrity hangout for all of his friends, and they could use hidden passages to get about the property unbothered.



Versace sparred no expense on his home

Meanwhile, each lavish suite included a king size bed, plush furniture, alongside a separate living room.

Famous overnight guests included Madonna, Elton John and Princess Diana alongside fashion icons like Diane von Furstenberg.

And the celebrities still flock in droves to the luxury hotel with guests including Justin Bieber, Drake, Kylie Jenner, Kim and Khloe Kardashian and rapper Drake.



The hotel was modelled on one in the Dominican Republic

Casa Casuarina general manager Chauncey Copeland told People Magazine that Versace fans still leave flowers on the infamous front steps.

He said: “The Versace mansion is the third most photographed [house] in the United States, behind Elvis’s Graceland and the White House.”

And some guests even try and go a step further, he revealed.

“You do get the occasional ghost hunter,” says Copeland. “We’ve had a few people coming in over the years and try to sense his spirit.”



Fans still flock to the villa to lay flowers in tribute

Speaking about the mansion becoming a hotel, Mr Copeland told Money magazine: “We actually have preserved what Versace created here and just augmented it with some modern touches for the convenience of our hotel guests and restaurant patrons.”

Today, the hotel includes an exclusive bar and restaurant, alongside a rooftop lounge.

Prices start from £430 per night, with more information available here.

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