Celebrity Gardens: Al Capone

Al Capone's Miami cabana house and swimming pool

The stunning Miami Beach mansion once owned by notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone has been lovingly restored to its 1920s splendour by property company MB America. Built in 1922, the seven-bedroom Florida villa and sprawling 30,000 square foot garden estate now provide the perfect backdrop for TV, film and photo shoots.

Featuring lush gardens lined with palm trees and green bushes, the property includes 100 feet of water frontage on Biscayne Bay. There’s also an impressive two-story cabana house situated next to a large swimming pool, plus a decked veranda and Art Deco powder room. It even has a private sandy beach and garden grotto ornaments made of red coral.

“Since it became Al Capone’s retreat, this house has played an important role in South Florida life and has been a true inspiration with its fascinating history and architectural significance,” says Dr Paul George, Professor of History at Miami-Dade College. “Thanks to MB America and the private investor who owns the property, one of Miami’s most iconic buildings is back to its original glory and preserved for generations to come.”

Al Capone originally paid $40,000 for his 93 Palm Island mansion back in 1928. If sold today, the likely asking price would be anything from five million dollars upwards. Who says crime doesn’t pay?

Al Capone’s Miami Mansion

Al Capone's Palm Island estate in Florida

Gardens of Al Capone's Miami home

Gate house of Al Capone's Florida estate

Al Capone's garden grotto

Indoor patio of the Al Capone home in Palm Island

Al Capone's swimming pool

FBI photo of Al Capone

Five Al Capone Facts

  • Al Capone was apparently staying at his Miami mansion when the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre took place in 1929
  • He was prosecuted for tax evasion in 1931
  • During his imprisonment, Al Capone swapped the luxurious lifestyle of Miami Beach for the spartan reality of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay
  • Robert De Niro played Capone in The Untouchables movie, also starring Kevin Costner and Sean Connery
  • Al Capone died in his home on 25th January 1947

Images Credit:

FBI
http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/history/famous-cases/al-capone

MB America
http://www.mbamerica.net/venues-hospitality-about/#93palm

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