Before he was Scarface, Al Capone bounced around Brooklyn, New York, with his family, eventually landing at a brownstone on Garfield Place, in Park Slope.
This week’s historical shelter has been on the market for a little more than 100 days.
While someone’s finally put an offer in on the home at 21 Garfield Place, which listed for $2.449 million the sale isn’t final yet — which affords us the opportunity to see the neighborhood Capone spent some of his formative years.
This is the neighborhood where Capone got kicked out of school at age 14 for hitting a teacher in the face. It’s also the neighborhood he lived in when he began his tutelage under mobster Johnny Torrio.
In 2006, when the home was on the market for $1 million, the New York Times said longtime residents of the neighborhood could tell stories about Capone’s haunts.
“Capone stories still abound among old-timers in the neighborhoods where he spent his formative years,” the article said. “For example, Carroll Gardens residents will be happy to tell you that he was married at St. Mary Star of the Sea church on Court Street.”
While the interiors have changed several times since Capone left Park Slope in 1918, there is still a certain cachet in saying you own the home where the notorious mob boss lived before he was, well, a notorious mob boss.
Renovated top to bottom about a year ago, it now boasts rental income potential in the form of a triplex. Part-time New Yorkers could easily have a tenant in two apartments, and use the remaining one as Airbnb income when not setting up camp themselves during visits to the city.
And it’s in a great location — steps from eight subway lines, walking distance to restaurants, bars, and shopping, and minutes from Manhattan.
And did we mention that there are also three private outdoor spaces?
The first level is a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath abode with a combination living and dining room, and a separate family room, plus a laundry room.
“The upper two floors contain two valuable condo-quality apartments,” the listing reveals.
Each one-bedroom apartment boasts a chef’s kitchen, a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, and private laundry space.
Listing agent Bren Salamon says that projected rental income for the upper apartments alone is $6,000 per month — enough to pay most of the mortgage on this property.