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From Gangster Hideout to Movie Star Ranch now a Luxury, Equestrian Community in Jupiter

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 8:30pm.

The property located at 16133 Jupiter Farms Road in Jupiter has a lengthy past. The 150+-acre ranch is alleged to have been a hideout for crime boss Al Capone and his associates in the 1920’s. The notorious Chicago gangster built the original home in 1923.  Capone also took the name of Al Brown and lived in a tiny home in West Jupiter off Italian Farms Road (now Jupiter Farms Road).  West Jupiter and West Palatka were the moonshine capitals of the world when Capone was in Jupiter.  Capone preferred spending time in Miami, near the action and the beach.  The Chicago mob boss moved south to Miami in 1928 and acquired a beachfront home.  Capone died in South Florida in 1947.

In the 1980’s, well-known actor Burt Reynolds purchased the West Jupiter property.  The veteran actor, known for notable roles in hit movies such as "Smokey and the Bandit"," Deliverance", "The Longest Yard", "Striptease" and more, owned the ranch for years.   He shot scenes for the enormously successful “Smokey and the Bandit” movies, as well as scenes from his television series “B.L. Stryker” here at the ranch.

The Palm Beach County School District bought the land for $3.8 million 17 years ago.  The School District agreed to sell the land to K. Hovnanian Jupiter LLC for $5 million, contingent upon Hovnanian receiving the zoning approvals to build estate style homes, horse-riding trails and land set aside for preservation of part of the property. Hovnanian has maintained the rustic, natural look of the area with the development of Reynolds Ranch.

Reynolds Ranch is a “luxury, equestrian style community with only 30 estate single family homes on 1.5 acre home sites in Jupiter.”  The outstanding equine community is just minutes from beaches, shopping and fabulous dining.  It is conveniently located near the Florida turnpike and I-95.

Please direct any inquiries about the property to the real estate professionals specializing in farms and ranches at Waterfront Properties and Club Communities by sending an email to: INFO@wfpcc.com or calling 561-746-7272.

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