Al Capone’s Florida Estate Up For Grabs
Notorious gangster Al Capone’s Palm Island estate is now on the market, according to The Bottom Line. 65 years after the mobster’s death, the beach-side mansion is available for purchase by those with a love of gangster lore and quite a bit of money in the bank account.
After making a name for himself on the mean streets of Chicago, Capone decided to move to Florida in 1928. Instead of moving into a quaint, quiet abode in a small suburban neighborhood, the gangster opted instead for a gorgeous house positioned next to a picturesque beach.
NBC News reports that Capone bought the property from a member of the Anheuser-Busch family for $40,000 in cold, hard cash. He soon began renovations on the mansion, which would become a place for criminals to hang out and unwind when things were getting too hot. It’s also allegedly the location where Capone would mastermind the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.
For the exceptionally morbid, perhaps all it takes to close the deal is knowing that Capone died in one of the guest rooms positioned towards the front of the house. According to legend, he chose this room for his final days so he could keep an eye on who was coming and going.
As far as the property itself, Jorge Alonso of Prudential Douglas Elliman Florida paints a very pretty picture. Although the house has undergone a number of renovations since Capone’s passing, the current version still remains true to the house’s original “old Cuba, Havana style.”
“The home has high ceilings, great moldings, the construction is amazing and they made sure the architect kept the original things,” Alonso explained.
However, since the estate will set you back at least $36,000 per month for the next 30 years, chances are very few people are going to be placing a bid on the gangster’s former homestead.
Would you live in an estate previously owned by Al Capone?