Al Capone’s Mansion Saved from Demolition, Sells for a Kingpin Sum

by Michael Freeman

Al Capone or “Scarface” is synonymous with the term “gangster.” Though he passed away more than half a century ago, his legacy remains in many forms. One longstanding piece of that legacy is his mansion, which was saved from being demolished and sold for a kingpin sum.

Snugly situated in Miami, Florida, Capone breathed his last there after dying from a heart attack in 1947. Though originally slated for demolition, a local campaign managed to preserve the estate. Developers Todd Michael Glaser and his business partner, Nelson Gonzalez, originally purchased it for $10.7 million in August. But the property sold yet again for a massive $15.5 million, the New York Post reports.

The house is a piece of crap,” Glaser bluntly told ClickOrlando. “It’s a disgrace to Miami Beach.” The house stands three feet below sea level in a city already reeling from rising waters.” However, local Floridians disagreed. Creating an online petition to halt the mansion’s destruction, it accrued more than 25,000 signatures.

“Miami Beach risks losing an important part of not just our local history, but of US history if this demolition is allowed to proceed,” petition organizers stated. “The loss of this landmark structure and its replacement with a new oversized home will have a long-term negative impact on the community.”

Luckily, the petition led the developers to withdraw their local Design Review Board application. Had they gone through with it, the board would have decided the mansion’s fate.

Possessing seven bedrooms and bathrooms, it originally sold in 1928 for $40,000. It’s a Spanish Colonial-style waterfront mansion, complete with a beautiful Biscayne Bay view. It also possesses a private beach, gatehouse, and a 30-by-60 foot pool.

Plus, you know, Scarface lived there.

‘Goodfellas’ Star Joe Pesci Finally Sells Multi-Million Dollar Mansion

Though not a real-life gangster and criminal, Joe Pesci certainly comes to mind when you hear the word. After repeatedly trying to sell his multi-million dollar mansion, he finally did, and for a fine price.

Buying the house in 1994 for $850,000, Pesci tried on and off since 2019 to sell his home. He says nothing is wrong with the New Jersey house, he just wants to spend more time in California. The New York Post wrote last week the home went under contract for a cool $6.5 million.

The Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat said the house appraised at $3.2 million, meaning Pesci really came out ahead. The eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom home measures at 7,291 square feet. Additionally, it has its own dock, as well as a heated pool and terrace spa. As if that wasn’t enough, boat-owners would love it, as it has its own dock.

Pesci also littered movie knick-knacks and decor from his own films throughout the house. Is this a house fit for a gangster or a king?