What inside info does Swamplot have to spill about this 6,648-sq.-ft. mansion on more than an acre off Memorial Dr. in Bayou Woods?
Absolutely none. Really: We don’t know a thing about it.
Okay, okay — nothing other than . . . uh, publicly available information. And this little reader comment last week that tipped us all off. Yeah, you read it too!
â€œVinny Oceanâ€ is selling his Memorial mansion. It is now listed at [$]3.5M. How much would YOU offer knowing that some mouthbreathing NJ thug might not know Palermo sold it and no longer lives there? Iâ€™d knock 3M right off the top. You really oughta amble over to HAR and take a look at this place – over the TOP!
Who’s Vinny Ocean?
Just a longtime nickname for Vincent Palermo, the former acting boss of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante crime family who later turned government informant. Thanks to the federal witness protection program, Palermo has a new home and new name.
You might know him as the owner or landlord of a few local establishments: the Penthouse Club, All Stars Cabaret, Ruchi’s Grill, and the Super Clean Car Wash, all near Winrock and Westheimer. Last September, New York Daily News reporter Greg B. Smith discovered Palermo in Houston, going by the name of Vincent Cabella, sporting a new Van Dyke beard, and hiding out in this little 5-6 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath cabana, where no one would ever have expected to find him:
A little more than a month later, Cabella’s Memorial Dr. home quietly went on the market. Maybe too quietly: Records show the asking price was axed by a cool half-million at the end of last year.
- 9105 Memorial Dr. [HAR]
- Strip club king and mob rat Vincent Palermo up to his old tricks in Texas [NY Daily News]
- Reported Mob Boss Hiding In Houston [Click2Houston]
- Previously on Swamplot: Former Mob Boss to Penthouse Club: Keep Your Pants On