Capone's Home to Hit the Market

Owner may ask $450K for 6-bedroom split-level on Chicago's South Side
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2008 4:02 PM CST
Al Capone's cell at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is shown, April 2, 2008. Yep, that's right: complete with Oriental rug.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Al Capone’s Chicago home is expected to hit the market this spring, asking price $450,000, reports the Tribune. This piece of gangster history comes with a pretty clean record: Capone used the red-brick house, registered in his mother’s and wife’s names, as a safe haven. “It’s because it’s off the beaten path that it’s been able to survive,” said a Chicago historian.

The six-bedroom South Side home, which the Capones bought for $5,500 in 1923, has had two owners since Capone’s mother died in 1952. Much of the split-level exterior and dark interior has remained untouched, and its basement once housed two phones supposedly used for bookmaking. There was a push in 1989 to award it landmark status, but the bid failed.