Al Capone’s South Beach Mansion

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This Miami mansion was Al Capone’s beloved home in Florida. He owned it from 1928 until the day he died in 1947. In fact, he actually expired here in this house of complications from syphilis.

March 1938 image from: Fox Photos/Getty Images

March 1938 image from: Fox Photos/Getty Images

The white stucco home was built in 1922 and has only had a handful of owners. Undoubtedly, Capone was its most famous occupant.

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It is bewildering then, to read that the current owners did not know it was Al Capone’s house when they bought it; they didn’t even know who Al Capone was.

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Apparently, they were recent immigrants to the United States. And it was not an individual or family who most recently purchased the home, but an Italian-based investment company.

What? How could they not have known who Al Capone was – one of the most famous Italian-Americans in the 20th century!

The Chicago-based gangster spent time at hideaways all over the Midwest and Florida – I profiled Capone’s stopover in Tennessee not too long ago – but his beloved white winter home on South Beach’s Palm Island was legendary. You see, that is where he planned the infamous 1929 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and that is where he actually was when the massacre occurred, conveniently giving him a solid alibi.

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The only thing the feds could pin him with was tax evasion. He did time for that but strangely, was able to keep his 6,100 square foot mansion in Florida. He returned to Palm Island after his release from prison in 1939, and a subsequent hospital stay for neurosyphilis related dementia. By the time he retired to the mansion, he was deemed to have the mental capacity of a 12-year old.

Pictured below is Al Capone with wife, Mae, their daughter and son-in-law in front of the Mediterranean Revival mansion after he was paroled:

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His wife Mae must have been some kind of underworld saint to care for the unruly grown man when he had the mental capacity of a tween. I really don’t know much about her, but I imagine her as a long-suffering wife who had to put up with Al’s infidelities and gangster secrets along with his mental ailments. But she stood by him until the end. It probably didn’t hurt that they lived in a luxurious house that was considered ostentatious at the time.

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The gatehouse view from the road is depicted above. The property is actually a walled compound with several buildings including a gorgeous 2-story pool house.

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The main house:

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Have a look inside…

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The investment company that currently owns the house bought it in 2014 for $8 million and has put over $1 million into renovations with the intention of renting it out for film scenes and special events.

They gutted the place but tried to leave some original fixtures, like this intricate one:

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Below is a before picture of what the house looked like in the listing photos prior to renovations:

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It’s difficult to think that this serene tropical abode was from whence Mr. Capone orchestrated his brutal St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago on a cold winters day.

Who me? I was on vacation in Florida!

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But the black and gold art deco bathroom makes me think that Al Capone did in fact spend some time here.

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Something about the opulence and severe colors just smacks of Chicago mob boss status – don’t you think? Scarface-esque.

The rest of the house is pretty sterile and doesn’t really give any hints as to the former occupants.

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A beautiful loggia outside…

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View from the second floor of the pool house looking toward the main house:

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It is said that Capone swam often and in fact had a swim shortly before he dropped dead of a syphilis-related heart attack in a second floor bathroom in late January of 1947.

His former home at 93 Palm Ave just became available for party rentals this fall – which I think was a brilliant move by the owners who didn’t even know the history they had on their hands when they bought it.

I think old Scarface would be cheery knowing that his former Florida vacation home is now on display for all to see.

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He did like to flaunt his wealth.

Sources:

www.yahoo.com/realestate/al-capone-miami-home

en.wikipedia.org/Al_Capone

www.miamiherald.com

miami.curbed.com

 

 

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