Toronto already experienced its first snowfall of the season on Thursday morning. For those looking to get away from the harsh realities of Canadian winter, you can rent Al Capone’s former Miami home for US$35,000 a month, or simply purchase the historic property for $12,950,000.
The private beach house with a waterfront view on Palm Island hit the market in 2018 for $14,900,000, but then was put back around a year later for the prior mentioned price point. It’s located at 93 Palm Ave., Miami Beach, and is listed by Nelson Gonzalez from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices EWM Realty.
Over the years, it has gained notoriety as the place where Capone planned the Valentine’s Day Massacre during the Prohibition-era. When seven rival gangsters were killed in Chicago, Capone used the mansion as part of his alibi. But he also liked the property so much, that when he was released from prison for tax-evasion in 1939, he decided to live in the home until his death in 1947.
The entrance to the 30,000 square foot lot may seem small for one of the biggest Mafia bosses of all-time, until you find out that it is the guest house that Capone once used as a gatehouse. It was built by the Chicago mafioso when he bought the property in 1928 for $40,000. Now, it holds a two-door garage, two bedrooms, one-bath, and a living room that features a uniquely tiled fireplace.
These are part of the initial renovations that Capone made for security reasons. With $70,000, he added the gatehouse, seven-foot-tall concrete walls on the lot line, as well as searchlights, to go along with a two-storey pool house for his guards to keep watch.
Once you past the guesthouse, you’ll enter the original grotto, leading you to the main property that Capone initially purchased on Biscayne Bay. At around 6,000 square feet, it’s also been fully renovated for a clean look by MB America, which purchased the home in 2014 for $8,000,000 in 2014, then proceeded to spend over $2,000,000 in renovations.
The main two-storey villa features four-bedrooms and three-baths, which all receive their fair share of sunlight. There are also some original pieces from Capone, such as a black and gold Art Deco powder room, the porch, and the fireplace in the living room.
Moving past the main villa, you’ll find a 60×30-foot pool and a pool house. The pool was made so large because Capone wanted a bigger pool than that of the Biltmore Hotel, which at the time was the largest in the area.
The pool house was used by Capone’s men to keep watch. Now, along with its views, it holds a bedroom and bathroom, and offers direct access to the private beach and the 100-feet of waterfront.
Down by the beach, you can enjoy your alone time by the dock after a long day of business. For Capone, legend has it that “it reminded him of the sunny shores of Italy.”
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