$27 million Miami home is built on a platform to protect from rising waters

Miami, one of the most-visited cities in the world, could be partially underwater and unlivable within 80 years, according to scientists.

Miami and Miami Beach already struggle with serious flooding related to sea-level rise, even when there is no rain. The flat, low-lying areas are surrounded by rising seas, and the ground underneath is mostly porous limestone, which means water will eventually rise through it. 

But that hasn’t stopped the wealthy from continuing to flock to the sunny Florida city and buying up luxury real estate.

More and more high-net-worth individuals and families from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey, California, and Illinois are moving to the Miami area to take advantage of Florida’s status as a no-income-tax state. And many of them want to be in prime waterfront locations, Dora Puig, the top real-estate broker in Miami, told Business Insider earlier this year.

Enter Max Strang, a Florida architect who designs oceanfront homes for the wealthy with rising sea levels in mind. One of Strang’s recent creations, a 12,700-square-foot Miami Beach mansion, sits on an elevated platform and stilts 13 feet above sea level. It just hit the market for $27 million, Douglas Elliman exclusively told Business Insider.

Eloy Carmenate and Mick Duchon of Douglas Elliman hold the listing for the seven-bedroom home, which includes 7,400 square feet of terrace space and 151 feet of waterfront.

Take a look inside the elevated Miami Beach mansion.