Man refuses to sell family home stuck between a commercial development

The real-life Up! Man refuses to sell his two-bedroom Florida home which has been surrounded by huge commercial development despite developers making 60 offers of up to $900K for the tiny house

  • Orlando Capote has refused to sell his small family home in Coral Gables currently being swallowed up by a $600 million commercial development   
  • Capote has refused up to 60 offers in the last six years from developers, real estate agents or house flippers to purchase the 1,300 square-foot home 
  • Offers for the home have gone up to $900,000, but Capote has not budged, claiming the home is priceless to him
  • Capote’s father purchased the home in 1989 after immigrating from Cuba and worked double to purchase the family home which he calls a ‘family treasure’
  • Capote is accusing the city of multiple violations and says his home is being swallowed up by the mega development, the city denied any violations 

A Florida man has refused to sell his small family home currently being swallowed up by a $600 million commercial development despite countless offers to buy out the home. 

In a real-life version of the Pixar movie ‘Up,’ Orlando Capote is refusing to sell his small Coral Gables home currently sitting in the middle of a construction zone for the largest commercial development in Coral Gables history, CBS 4 reported. 

In Up, the main character stands pat when the city around him explodes into skyscrapers. 

As for Capote, he has declined up to 60 offers in the last six years from developers, real estate agents or house flippers to purchase the two-bedroom, two-bathroom, 1,300 square-foot home.  

Offers for the home have gone up to $900,000, but Capote has not budged, claiming the home is priceless to him. 

Capote’s father purchased the home (pictured) in 1989 after immigrating from Cuba and worked double to purchase the family home which he calls a ‘family treasure’

Orlando Capote is not budging on selling his small Coral Gables home currently sitting in the middle of a construction zone for the largest commercial development in Coral Gables history

Offers for the home have gone up to $900,000, but Orlando Capote (pictured) has not budged, claiming the home is priceless to him

Capote’s father purchased the home in 1989 after immigrating from Cuba and worked double to purchase the family home. 

Capote says the home has held extra sentimental value since his father died In 2005. 

‘This house is like a hard drive,’ he said. ‘As I look around and live in it and move through it, I relive a lot of memories. That I could not find in another house.’

Capote said he want to honor his late mother’s wishes, who was insistent before she passed in 2020 that he not sell their ‘family treasure.’

‘The house is my soul,’ Capote told CBS 4. ‘So what good is it to sell your soul for all the money in the world.’

Capote is accusing the city of multiple violations and says his home is being swallowed up by the mega development, the city denied any violations

Capote says the home has held extra sentimental value since his father died In 2005

Capote is accusing the city of multiple violations and says his home is being swallowed up by the mega development.  

‘You can see some of the debris that’s already falling on the site, which would not happen if the buildings were actually 35 feet high or at least 50 feet away,’ Capote told CBS 4. 

The city of Coral Gables denies any violations have taken place and told the Miami Herald ‘the issues have been extensively reviewed and investigated.’

Capote is unyielding about not moving and says his parents memories keep him company. 

‘I don’t feel alone in the house,’ he said. ‘Maybe they are. Maybe they are.’  

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