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"Boob God" and Real Housewife Win Latest Battle in War to Tear Down Star Island Mansion

Categories: Unreal Estate

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Star Island's most notorious residents have won the latest battle in their war to tear down a mansion they own on the island in order to build their dream home. The Miami Beach City Commission voted today not to designate the 1925 home as historic.

See also: Real Housewife Made Rosie O'Donnell Flee Star Island

Leonard and Lisa Hochstein received permission to tear down the home last March, but the Miami Design Preservation League stepped in and began proceedings to have the home protected under historic status.

The saga has partially played out on The Real Housewives of Miami, of which Mrs. Hochstein is a cast member. Her husband, Leonard, is a well-known plastic surgeon known for his specialty in breast augmentation, earning him the nickname "Boob God."

The Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board had sided in favor of the Preservation League, but the planning board, city administration, and now the city commission have sided with the Hochsteins. The commission voted unanimously against protecting the existing home.

The Preservation League, however, has filed a lawsuit challenging the city's approval of demolishing the home. The ultimate fate of the hosue could hinge on the outcome of that suit.

The Hochsteins have long argued that the home had not been maintained by its previous owners and is beyond repair.

"We then went to the City of Miami Beach to get permission to demolish the home and build a new one," Mrs. Hochstein wrote on a Bravotv.com blog last August. "It was at this time a group of preservationist decided to take advantage of this situation. They wanted free publicity by opposing us in an attempt to designate our home as a historic site in Miami Beach, which is something that has never been done in the history of Miami Beach to single-family home.

"It seems very strange to us that they never cared about this home in the past while it was allowed to deteriorate. They also didn't take much interest in the other homes that were demolished before or after."

The Preservation League states that 24 single-family homes have been designated historic in Miami Beach, but usually through the owners' wishes.

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verdisvioletta
verdisvioletta

I know the house that they are talking about. I have been in it years ago and even then it was piece of s#*t. It has been falling apart for years and there was no preservationists there while it was crumbling trying to make the owners keep it from falling into disrepair. Forget who the people who are that bought this property- forget your personal opinions of them. When a person buys a property that has been left to literally ROT away to the point of it being EXORBITANT to repair...I am talking TAKING IT DOWN TO THE CONCRETE and replacing studs and lathe, new roof and custom rafters- NOBODY should be forced to do that. The "preservationists" should not be able to crop up when a wealthy person purchases a property and hold them up financially to make repairs they do not want and are not fiscally responsible. New Times, why don't you post some photos of this "historic" property which has been COMPLETELY IGNORED by these "preservationists" until now. The public would be appalled that a government agency would be forcing anyone to repair this. 

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

I can only guess how the couple met...she must have been his patient...

Christina Tozzano
Christina Tozzano

These superficial vacant creatures make me ill. I admire his education but he apparently is a vapid person with a rebuilt wife who has no business giving an opinion on anything other than Birkins and $$$$$ she didn't earn. History matters. You're fake superficial surrogate existence does not.

Daniel Lopez
Daniel Lopez

If the house were built right to begin with, it wouldn't be falling apart. Private property, they should be able to do as they wish with it.

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

she looks 50 and her tits look 20...too funny.

Cisco Fran
Cisco Fran

Is that who I think??? Princess Mandy Mo

Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon
Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon

The preservationists have a distorted view of "history". Why not protect real Miami history, not movies.

Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon
Jessica Bailey Weatherspoon

Miami "history"???? The movie was mostly tapped in California. If a real scar face lived there, okay, but regardless, they bought it, they should keep it.

yeah1
yeah1

This is ridiculous, that was the most beautiful home on Miami, Beach!  Use common sense people!  It was historic!


Naté Londoff Kendall
Naté Londoff Kendall

I'm just still on the fact that they call her husband the boob god....looking at the picture, we really need to find another title for him..;)

Anthony Pizzarelli
Anthony Pizzarelli

It's private property rights and that's just how it is. Some good is coming from the sale in the movement to identify and make eligible homes for Certified Preservation. It's good to have these tokens in our community and when one falls, it's nice to know it may help pave the way for others to live on as time allows. a.

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Her tits look fake.

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