Al Capone’s jaw-dropping Florida island hideaway will be demolished
Famed mobster Al Capone’s legendary home on Palm Island in Miami Beach will meet the wrecking ball.
According to the Miami Herald, the new owners of the nine-bedroom, Miami Beach house bought it for $10.75 million this summer and plan to make room for to a new two-story modern spec home.
“The house is a piece of crap,” said developer Todd Glaser to the Herald. “It’s a disgrace to Miami Beach.” Glaser told the publication the home sits about 3 feet below sea level, has flood damage and standing water underneath it.
Built in 1922 and located at 93 Palm Ave., the four-bedroom villa featured a pool, a 100-feet of waterfront on Biscayne Bay and a two-story cabana.
Purchased by Capone in 1928 for $40,000, the 6,077 square-foot house was his permanent residence for a short period of time before he was sent to Alcatraz, reports Herald. Capone reportedly planned the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre from the residence, and later provided proof he was there as his alibi.
After he was released from prison, the home was also Capone's final residence until his death in 1947. Capone's widow, Mae, sold the home in 1952.
This gallery originally appeared at Creative Loafing Tampa. All photos via Realtor.com