Back in my early Curbed Miami editor days, I noticed that Jackie Gleason’s old Miami Beach party house, which, if I remember correctly, was built for him by Carl Fisher, was on the market. A year later it was still on the market. Two years later, in 2015, it was for rent. Now, in 2017, it’s on the market, again, and has been for almost a year.
Gleason moved into the house for about a year when he first moved The Jackie Gleason Show to Miami Beach, where it would be broadcasted from the Miami Beach Auditorium, later renamed the Jackie Gleason Theater, and is now known as the Fillmore. When he moved to an even larger spread out in the suburbs (this place is a grand 8,000 square feet, and the suburban house was over 9,000) he still hung on to this place for parties.
The eclectic property includes a large sunken dancefloor in a central party room on the second floor, under a dome, and an interior fountain directly below it on the first. There are plenty of bedrooms, multiple kitchens, and panoramic views to the Miami Beach Golf Course across the street. (Gleason was an avid golfer) Unfortunately, the latest listing photos don’t show off the spectacular interior terrazzo work the house contains. And it’s all yours for $3.5 million.
Probably should be a Museum for Jackie Gleason