Davie Mafia Mansion - Photo by Abby Rosenberg, 2014
Photo Credit: Abby Rosenberg, 2014 – The property was bought and used as a ranch in 2010.

Located in Davie, many locals knew this abandoned house as the ‘Mafia Mansion’, nicknamed for the urban legends that surrounded it.

According to some individuals, the property was purchased by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar in 1980 for $762,000. It was seized, among other Florida property owned by the Medellin cartel, in 1987 by US federal agents.

It’s true that Pablo Escobar owned many properties in Florida and were seized in 1987 by US Marshals, which included a bayfront mansion in a Miami Beach neighborhood: a 45-unit apartment complex on a Biscayne Bay island in Miami; a three-bedroom Bal Harbour condominium; and a ranch near Ocala, many of which were purchased under his name. The Davie property is never mentioned and there are no records showing a connection to Pablo Escobar. My guess is it was confused with the ranch which was seized in central Florida.

Another story surrounding the house is that the owner wasn’t involved in the mafia, but dealt with arms dealing and drug trafficking. He spent almost 15 long years in prison but was released in 2005. That very same year, his daughter bought up the land and began restoring the property. In 2006, she was never seen again. This one has some truth to it.

According to public records, the property was purchased by Jose Fernando Puello-Montoya in March 2002 for $2.5 million dollars. In February 2003, the government filed a civil complaint seeking to seize the property on the grounds that the owner, Jose Puello, bought the property with the proceeds of drug trafficking.

Jose Puello died later that year in December and his estate was transferred to his wife, Paola Jabba. Due to his passing, a deal was agreed upon to sell the property to a construction group. After years of court issues and false statements, GAD Florida Enterprise LLC acquired the property in 2007 instead.

The Davie Ranch moved onto the property around 2010, an equestrian facility that provides riding lessons, camps, boarding, and birthday parties.

The mansion was demolished in August 2014.




9 Comments

  1. I’m so glad someone finally did research on this – I live in the same neighborhood as this property and always wondered every time I passed it. Thank you!

  2. Jessica Crookshank

    My friends and I used to sneak in there late at night to get drunk early 2000’s. We never really knew the TRUE story behind the property. Thanks for your research!!!!

  3. Haha. That’s my neighborhood. I grew up around there and still live one street over. No one ever lasted there unfortunately. We used to walk by and dare each other to jump the fence and go inside.

  4. Thanks for sharing. Would love to hear the story of the Kapok tree sometime. Don’t know what happened to it but similar urban stories.

  5. It’s a shame that they done that to that poor place it was so pretty they should have kept it up

  6. I dug the ponds in the front . the owner wouldn’t let me spend any money for food while i was there. He had a different car and a different “secretary” every time he came by. Told me that two years before he couldn’t afford a pack of cigarettes and now he owned an “import and export company”. Then i remember he went to jail and the work stopped.