ICON :: Al Capone Miami Villa for sale!by ams on Jul 27, 2012 • 1:34 pm
If you’ve always dreamed of living like an original ganster, you’ll be pleased to hear that a massive compound on Palm Island in Miami, which previously belonged to Al Capone, is available for $9.95 million. The waterside lot is roughly the size of a football field and features a huge pool, recreation room, private dock, ornate plasterwork and a black-and-gold Art Deco powder room that looks the same as when Capone used it.
Capone originally bought the home during the height of his power in 1928, snagging it for just $40,000, and held on to it for a good few years, almost managing to keep it through his decade-long sentence at Alcatraz. Last year Peter Corsell, founder of the energy solutions conglomerate Grid Point, bought it for $5.65 million with the intention of fully restoring it to its original gangster grandeur.
So far the house has attracted potential buyers from Russia, Brazil and France, not only because it’s a huge house, but because of its history. The home served as a cover for some of Capone’s famous gang killings, which he would cover up as fishing trips or lavish parties.
“Everyone thinks there is money hidden somewhere inside,” said broker Jorge Alonso of¬†Elliman Florida. “None of that is true. He did die there, though, in a room upstairs. It used to be creepy, but after the renovation it’s this charming little room. Everyone loves it up there.”