The sprawling apartment in the architecturally-daring Icon Brickell, where Lopez and boytoy Casper Smart have been crashing, was in fact owned by HSBC Bank. It was one of 1276 condos seized by the bank in 2010 from developer Jorge Perez and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross‘ Related Group.
And now, it’s someone else’s — and JLo is likely going to have to clear out.
La Lopez and her soon-to-be-ex-husband Marc Anthony started leasing the home-in-the-sky as part of a marketing ploy in 2009. They were offered a sweetheart deal by Perez, who was then desperate to create a buzz for Icon.
In addition to low rent, the then-lovebirds had an option to buy for $1.7 million, according to web real estate columnist Kevin Dickenson.
The couple’s publicity machine made sure the gossip press believed the duo bought as many as 10 condos at the Icon, but public records never showed they purchased in the building. The claim they were owners in a building that Anthony deemed to be “the sexiest place in town” surfaced about the time Anthony bought a minority stake in the Dolphins.
Lopez is now using the place with choreographer man-child Smart. Tania Garcia, the Icon condo association’s manager, and Perez have yet to return calls for comment.
Dickenson, meanwhile, reports the HSBC held on to the condo for as long as it could since Lopez’ presence in celebrity-driven SoFla created positive buzz for the hard-to-sell tower. Neither the diva nor salsero Anthony however, expressed a desire to exercise the option.
Besides, a yet-to-be-identified buyer bought Lopez’ crib for $1.5 million, $200,000 less than Lopez’ option to buy. The deal reportedly closed Friday.
The $1.3 billion-waterfront Icon Brickell has had a rocky go of it since it was built in 2008 as its 1,800 condos in three separate 57-floor towers added to a glut of condos downtown Miami.
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