Al “Scarface” Capone bought the Miami Beach property back in 1928 as a summer home. The notorious gangster passed away in 1947, leaving the mansion to fall into disrepair before changing hands several times.
The most recent owner was Peter Corsell, of energy firm Grid Point, who bought it for $5.7 million. Extensively modernising the Art Deco building, he helped the seven-bedroom mansion to become a hot bed of attention. Not just because of the glamorous exterior and its iconic past, nor even because of its five bathrooms, but because it went up for sale in July last year for $9.5 million.
Wealthy Russian buyers and the media have swarmed on the place in equal measure. Last year, Al Capone’s only surviving relative, Deirdre Capone, took a tour around the renovated property.
“Boy, this brings back some memories,” the 72 year old told the Miami Herald . “There used to be two bathrooms at the end of the room, one for men, one for women.”
The compound, which spans 30,000 square feet, centres around a 30-foot by 60-foot swimming pool. It was known for its wild parties and shady nightlife. For Deirdre, it was the place where she learned to swim – in a characteristically extravagant piece of real estate that was connected to the bay so the salt water would rise and fall.
History fans have accounted for a large number of interested parties, the Herald discovered, no doubt encouraged by Capone’s demise in the second floor bathroom.
“Dropped dead here,” Deirdre commented, pointing at the floor where Capone stepped out of the shower on her seventh birthday.
Now, though, the house and its memories have passed hands once again . The cost to live like Scarface himself? A whopping $7,431,750.