So just who is the man behind the music…television that is? His name is William H. “Bill” Roedy, and as chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, he’s one man who can afford to live just about anywhere. So it’s pretty understandable that a modern-day castle—complete with gargoyles, watch towers, and a moat—was the property that caught his eye. Living like a real-life king is everyone’s dream, and Bill Roedy paid $4.42 million dollars to turn that dream into his Miami reality.
The king of MTV can now count designer Calvin Klein and Washington, D.C. architect David M. Schwarz as his high-profile neighbors, thanks to the acquisition of this desirable property. But what’s a real castle without a bit of cursed history? The 4462 N. Bay Rd. residence was ravaged by a fire last July, and Roedy plans to revamp the entire property, gutting it first in order to ultimately restore it to its former splendor. Previous owner was Windjammer Barefoot Cruises founder Mike Burke, who sold it to real estate investor Antonio Rodriguez for $7.6 million in March 2007. Rodriguez, hit by the economic downturn, never followed through with his ambitious plans to build an opulent modern residence in the old castle’s place. So the property fell into the hands of Roedy, and the rest is history.
Currently also the owner of a $1.5 million, three-bedroom oceanfront condo at Il Villaggio in South Beach, 61-year-old Roedy can count his Miami history all the way back to his high school years, when he graduated from North Miami High School and worked for the Miami Herald as a copy boy. The copy boy with the castle—sounds like the name of a new MTV reality show, perhaps?