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As a young man, Peter Loftin established his entrepreneurial career by transforming a small telecom start-up into BTI, one of the largest privately held companies in North Carolina. Upon the completion of a merger between BTI and ITC DeltaCom, Loftin turned his attention from the telecom industry to real estate, purchasing the former South Beach estate of Gianni Versace and converting it to Casa Casuarina, one of the most exclusive, invitation-only membership clubs in the country.

With the success of Casa Casuarisa under his belt, Loftin felt a desire to return to his home state of North Carolina. The growth that Raleigh has experienced, coupled with the desire of its residents to maintain the city’s “natural” charm, made it a perfect time for Loftin’s vision of a truly first class community to become a reality. Peter himself owns an estate at Still Creek, with a gorgeous view of Falls Lake. He looks forward to sharing this beauty with his neighbors.

Casa Casuarina

Casa Casuarina, the famed Versace Mansion, a five star diamond leading luxury hotel is located in the heart of Miami Beach. The property wasor iginally built in 1930 and was the private home of Standard Oil heir Alden Freeman and then purchased in 1992 by world-renown fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was personally involved in the redesign of the Mediterranean Mansion, renaming it to its original; Casa Casuarina. Now a luxury boutique hotel, Casa Casuarina has hosted numerous celebrities throughout its history especially within the last year, welcoming guests such as Eva Longoria, Deepak Chopra, Duchess Sarah Ferguson, Jamie Presley,Tom Cruise , Katie Holmes, Bill and Hillary Clinton among many others. The beautiful Casa is now owned and operated by renowned entrepreneur Peter Loftin who has worked diligently to preserve the integrity of the past owners, maintaining the unique and original beauty throughout the house. Each suite, originally designed by Gianni Versace was referred to as ani dividual “jewel box” which boast with inlaid wood and marble floors, lavish stained glass windows, Italian mosaics and hand-painted frescoes.

The mansion’s New-American inspired restaurant, Loftin’s 1116 Ocean offers a magical ambiance offering unique delicasies such as blackened salmon topped with fresh shredded horseradish served on a 250 million -year-old Himalayan Sea Salt block, the purest salt known in the world. The overall culinary experience is second to none throughout Miami Beach.

Also a private membership club, Casa Casuarina offers members and guests exceptional amenities such as the private Davidoff cigar and backgammon lounge, our Tiffany Lounge which overlooks the Italian designed mosaic pool and oceanside cabanas.

As a premier event venue, Casa Casuarina hosts numerous private social events with many holding live performances by notable artists such as Natalie Cole, Joss Stone, Jon Bon Jovi and others. The enchanting atmosphere at Casa Casuarina leave guests with unforgettable memories of their personalized party, wedding or dinner.

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Miami Beach, FL (Jan. 27, 2009) – Once one of the most exclusive places where only private members were permitted access, Casa Casuarina’s Loftin’s at the Versace Mansion, opened its doors to the public allowing everyone to enjoy the iconic Miami Beach mansion. The upscale, New-American inspired restaurant embraces the magic and allure of the famed mosaic-tiled mansion formerly owned by Gianni Versace, and offers al fresco seating for 120 guests between the front terrace, the central courtyard and at the mansion’s breathtaking grotto pool. Under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Dale Ray this historic oasis with quixotic décor offers delicate signature dishes especially prepared to beguile guests on Valentine’s Day.

Casa Casuarina owner Peter Loftin encourages all his guests to try his personal favorite, the “Loftin’s Specialty,” a blackened grouper served on a “Hot Block” of Himalayan Salt, with freshly shredded horseradish. Loftin’s à la carte menu will be available, however, guests have the option to sample the restaurant’s prix-fixe menu and indulge in a five-course Valentine’s Day offering for the price of $125.00 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Loftin’s 1116 Ocean’s Valentine’s Day menu features many options to entice the taste buds including:

Maine Lobster Ceviche Sea Scallop Cauliflower Puree, Osetra Caviar Foie Gras Torchon Mushroom Marmalade, Frisee Prime Bone-In Rib Eye for 2 Truffle Roasted Potatoes, Spinach Gratin Fresa Pannacotta

Red Fruit Jelly, Pistachio Tuile, Blood Orange Macaroon

In-room dining is also available at Casa Casuarina’s luxurious suites for guests desiring unparalleled comfort and opulence. Each suite will be fully equipped with Valentine’s Day essentials including: one complimentary bottle of Dom Perignon, sweet strawberries for sharing, fresh cut roses and petals, a delectable strawberry pate de fruit accompanied by lavender macaroons and full butler service for the evening.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to experience first class “New-American” cuisine with the backdrop of immaculate and distinctive beauty. Open Monday to Sunday for dinner, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., Loftin’s at the Versace Mansion is located at Casa Casuarina, 1116 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Valet parking is available. For more information and reservations, please call 305-672-6604 or visit our website:

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For information regarding Still Creek Estates or development, please contact:

John Young, Custom Home Specialist Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Builder Services 1244 Alpine Creek Drive Raleigh, NC 27614 Office: 919-870-0399 Cell: 919-271-8820

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