“I want somewhere with a big garden for my dogs and some stabling. I also need more bedrooms to accommodate our extended family.”
Needs somewere bigger: Hilary Devey is selling her eight-bedroom property in Miami
The Dragons’ Den personality has listed her current Miami property with One Sotheby’s Realty for £5.29 million. Known for her flamboyant dress sense, Devey’s choice of interiors are every inch as extravagant.
“I have completely redecorated the whole house and furnished it with beautiful Versace homeware, antique furniture and top-of-the-range fabrics,” she adds. The bathroom in the master suite is fitted with tiles burnished with 24-carat gold.
Star quality: the mansion has extravagant interiors
The waterfront mansion in Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, a private gated community, has eight bedrooms.
HILARY DEVEY: MY HOME
When did you buy the property and how much did it cost?
The property was purchased in September 2011 and had a multimillion dollar price tag. It has had over $5 million spent on it.
It is a lovely house. Please can you explain what you have done to it? Have you done any extensions?
I have installed hurricane glass to all windows (over 100) and completely remodelled the interior. Outside I have replaced the swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and installed a summer kitchen with the most advanced appliances in the USA. There is a rotisserie which will take 6 chickens, and 6 separate grills. It has a fish station and under the BBQ a large cool cabinet for fish and meat. In the centre there is a sink with drawers underneath for sauces and relish, a wine cooler and a top of the range fridge/freezer in stainless steel. I have also installed an outside cloakroom.
I have sealed the roof, fitted new guttering, new hurricane garage doors, new electronic security entrance gates, new fountains and landscaping.
In the interior I have built a new kitchen with built in Miele ovens, microwaves and espresso bar. There are also top of the range built-in induction hobs ovens and the kitchen surfaces are finished in black granite. The Style of the kitchen is similar to those exquisite ones designed by Clive Christian. It is one of the easiest kitchens to cook in of any of my properties.
I have completely redecorated the whole house and furnished it with beautiful Versace furniture, antique furniture and top of the range fabrics. I searched worldwide for the best quality antique furniture and found some unique pieces that are irreplaceable, including a wonderful 17th century tapestry which I am currently having restored. All the sofas and chairs have been hand made to my design and covered in the most exquisite French materials. The Swags alone cost over $400,000. I have installed a kitchen adjacent to the master suite, and the bathroom has been fitted with the most beautiful tiles burnished with 24 carat gold.
I have used the best quality marbles for flooring and bathrooms and have installed fabulous crystal chandeliers in the living areas. These all have electric controls to lower them for easy cleaning!
I have renewed the air-conditioning system and plumbing, and installed new bathrooms.
Is all the interior decor your design? What was your inspiration behind the look?
Yes totally. I am a fanatical interior designer and a total perfectionist. Everything has to be in its place and perfect to give it that WOW factor, but also to be easy to live in as it proved to be at Christmas when I had 11 guests staying at the house. I certainly don’t go for the ‘beige’ and straight line look of modern décor which seems to be so prevalent in today’s market.
Although full of beautiful objects everything has a purpose and the home is well lived in. It is not a museum! Christmas proved that people can come in, throw their shoes off sink into one of the many sofas or relax by the pool or in a quiet corner reading their books or playing on their tablets.
Have you had any fun parties there? Or got any good anecdotes to tell about your time in the property?
I have had loads of fun parties at the house. I have two dining areas inside and four outside as well as the dining kitchen and the outside kitchen because it is so good to have barbeques outside in the beautiful weather and then lounge around the pool.
Aside from your Miami home, is it correct that you own properties in London, Spain and Morocco, as well as the southern wing of a stately home in the Midlands?
Yes that’s right. I seem to collect properties but they all have a function and as you all know they are all used as my travelling office!
Why are you selling up?
I am looking for a bigger home in Florida with more land. I have a wonderful dock and boat lift with sea access but I am a committed landlubber. I love gardens and plants and I am looking for somewhere with a big garden for my dogs and some stabling. I also need more bedrooms to accommodate our extended family. I also like renovation projects.