HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – It was the former home of “The Great One”, and in the end, when the gavel came down. the Hialeah house Jackie Gleason called home decades ago went for a relative bargain, about $300 thousand less then what Miami-Dade County thought it was worth.
The house, a 9 thousand square foot, five-bedroom ranch on three golf course lots at the Country Club of Miami, faced the auction block Sunday. It was the final item in a two-day auction which also included memorabilia and personal effects, prompted when the trust that owned the house decided it was time to sell.
Gleason retired in South Florida after his show ended, doing occasional films, until he died here in 1987. He lived in the house until he died. It was then sold to a couple who put it in trust. Despite the celebrity pedigree, Miami-Dade records value the home at just over $800 thousand.
Sunday at 4 p.m. , Miami-based Auction Company of America started the auction, with no reserve. When the bidding stopped, Edwin and Dana Cho agreed to pay $517 thousand, a price auctioneer Jim Gall said the buyers are happy with.
Gleason loved South Florida, enough to stay until he died and beyond. While his house is now home to someone else, his final resting place is in Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery near Florida’s Turnpike in Doral, where fans can still see him any day of the week.