David Guetta Moves to Edgewater: "This Is a Little More Cool, a Little More Cultural"
Photo by: Nabil Elderkin Hey, what's David Guetta looking at? Why, it's the Wynwood Art District!
David Guetta is something of a perverse pioneer. He's a true trailblazer, even if we don't all necessarily want to follow his path.
Several years ago, the scraggly-bearded Frenchman brought dance music to the masses unlike anyone before him. And today, he still sits atop the pop charts, alongside Miami natives and residents like Pitbull, Flo Rida, and Lil Wayne. So why not join the rest of these hitmakers by moving to the MIA?
However, unlike most other stars, David Guetta hasn't chosen a long-established celebrity enclave. The "Fuck Me, I'm Famous" DJ is once again poised to lead the way -- but not in a musical sense. He is joining the real estate takeover of non-SoBe Miami, essentially becoming the latest face of mainland Miami gentrification.
Get ready, hipsters ... Guetta is officially moving to Edgewater.
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"One of the reasons that got me excited about this project was the neighborhood," Guetta told us.
We met him on NE 31st Ave. right off Biscayne, along the bay. It's the future site of two chic skyscrapers situated on a one-acre plot of land to be called Paraiso Bay. You may have seen conceptual pictures on bus stops in downtown Miami. Imagine a pair of silver towers, covered in strange, effervescent bubbles.
"Being from Europe, I always thought that Miami was only Miami Beach. And like everybody from France, that's what we think," he added. "Of course, it's amazing, but for me to buy a place, I need also something else. Then I discovered the art district and the Design District and all of this, and I'm like, 'Wow, this is a little more cool, a little more cultural.'"
Yes, it seems the very thing that's made Miami livable for its artsy-fartsy dreamer kids is now the future playground of the globe-trotting upper class. Of course, rich people don't want to live next to Wood Tavern, so they're going to take over whatever grass clings to water.
"I would have never imagined this would exist," Guetta said. "It's like the perfect combination between a little bit of that European flavor and it reminds me of home. But at the same time, the sexiness of Miami and the beach and the beautiful weather."