Everyone wants an exclusive private island named after them. John Oliver La Gorce, former editor of National Geographic magazine, got that and more. In Biscayne Bay, slightly north of 63rd Street, an island, created in the 1920s, boasts his surname as does a nearby street and a country club/golf course.

For that he could thank his pal, Miami Beach co-founder Carl Fisher, who knew scratching La Gorce’s back would help garner favorable public relations and attract the super rich to his pet project. Today La Gorce Island features extra-large waterfront lots that begin in the 20,000-square-foot range and smaller interior lots that begin around 13,000 square feet.

Ninety-three mansions in every architectural style—Mediterranean Revival, Georgian, Ranch, and Post-Modern—designed by some of Miami’s most illustrious architects can be found behind the front gate manned by a 24-hour security guard. Safety also comes via a private security boat that patrols the island’s perimeter.

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