$1.8M Won't Buy This Man's Miami Property On 'Sacred Ground'
A Miami resident has been excavating his backyard for 50 years, and even though his land is worth $1.8M he won't sell it because he says it is sacred.By Kate Grumke | May 16, 2015
This little home is valued at more than $1.8 million and is in a Miami neighborhood where prices are only increasing, but its owner says no matter how much he's offered, he won't sell.
That's because Ishmael Bermudez's home sits on what he says is sacred land. Over the past 50 years he has excavated the backyard, and says he has discovered parts of Miami's Native American history. The area was home to the Tequesta people when Europeans first came to Florida. (Video via YouTube / miamihistory1896)
In the yard, Bermudez claims to have found Native American artifacts, bones, ancient shells and a spring. Bermudez thinks that spring was the site of an ancient altar, but a Miami archaeologist told the Miami New Times that "is kind of a stretch."