It’s about as far from his Windy City stomping grounds as you can get. But you can get all of Al Capone’s storied mobster mentality — with a touch of whitewash — inside his newly-for-sale Miami Beach estate.
For $9.95 million, the beachy 1922 estate — originally built for brewer Clarence Busch of Anheuser-Busch brewery fame and sold to Capone in 1928 — and one of the “oldest original homes in Miami Beach,” according to the official listing, is set to change hands once again.
The white-themed estate includes a main house, a two-bedroom guesthouse, a two-story pool cabana and a 30×60-foot pool, once the largest in the area, all situated on a 30,000-square-foot tropical-themed lot adjacent to Biscayne Bay. It’s even got it’s own private dock, just so you can order your associates to take a long walk off the short pier. Or, you know, to hitch your boat there.
And where history has been unkind to this sprawling villa, architect Luis Pons has stepped in. The Venezuelan designer has restored it to its Capone days, keeping the original black-and-gold art deco powder room and original brass fixtures, for example. No word if there’s a speakeasy in the basement, but we’d hardly be surprised.
Though the price has far exceeded the $40,000 Capone originally paid, someone may still want the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate that comes with a history of infamy. Indeed, it was the location from which he plotted Chicago’s horrific Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929.