The daintily decorated Bayou Woods mansion owned by a Vincent Cabella — put up for sale last year for $4 million but reduced to $3.45 million by the time Swamplot featured it in March — has been discounted again. Now come up with just $2.45 million and the cozy little 5-6 bedroom, 5 1/2-bath retreat is yours!
How could you refuse an offer like this?
Of course, this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill elephant-statues-by-the-front-yard-fountain Memorial Dr. show-off-piece. According to the New York Daily News, it’s actually the hideaway mobster Vincent Palermo — aka Vinny Ocean — retired to after he testified against some of his former underlings in New Jersey’s DeCavalcante crime family and joined the federal witness protection program. (Cabella, crime reporter Greg B. Smith explained, was the former Mafia boss’s new Houston name.)
But he’s led an active retirement:
Cabella and his son were able to spend some quality time together here, running a car wash, a Mexican restaurant, and 2 strip clubs near the corner of Westheimer and Winrock. And of course there was all that decorating to do in the new pad, which he bought in 2003:
The home went on the market not long after Smith blew Palermo’s cover in a report last fall.
- 9105 Memorial Dr. [HAR]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Memorial Drive Mansion Swamplot Knows Absolutely Nothing About and Former Mob Boss to Penthouse Club: Keep Your Pants On