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Al Capone’s Safe Haven Home for Sale

Mark.Miles By
Mark Miles
   | Buying, Celebrity

Al Capone

For those interested in a Chicago residence with quite the history, the home that once belonged to Al Capone is up for sale. Located at 7244 S. Prairie Avenue in the Park Manor neighborhood, the home was noted as a safe haven for the Chicago mobster as he rose to the zenith of organized crime in the city.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Capones purchased the home back in 1923 for $5,500. The gold-leaf cornices which were originally imported by Capone from Italy, and still stand today. The home features three bedrooms on each of its two floors and the kitchen was rehabbed in 2008.

Even a wanted gangster will find it easy to relax in the Jacuzzi located in one of the two baths in the unit. Unfortunately, the 7-foot tubs that Capone imported from Europe have been replaced. Not because any bloodshed fell on the porcelain during Capone’s heyday, but due to the fact that no one could find parts for the tubs in the U.S.

The two-flat building features hardwood floors in both of its units as well as an enclosed back porch and a 2-car garage. Located on a huge double lot, the property was recently updated with new windows and features 14  total rooms, plenty of space to raise a family (civilian or criminal, we suppose).  Or in Capone’s case, stay holed up in an old fashioned standoff with the police for fear of being shot on a cold December day in 1927.

When Capone was sent to prison in 1931, his mother Teresa, who was actually on the orginal deed,  lived in the home until her death in 1952. Capone never returned to his safe haven on Prairie Avenue.  Instead, the infamous gangster moved to a more agreeable climate in Florida where he died in 1947.

Despite plenty of gawkers eager to take a look inside the home, it’s sat on the market for over 800 days with no takers yet. The price was dropped from $300,000 to $225,000. For anyone looking to own an authentic piece of Chicago’s gangster history, or continue on in the tradition…please don’t, this is the home to own.


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