Wannabe wiseguys have a new opportunity to own the Chicago home of famous Prohibition Era crime boss Al “Scarface” Capone after the South Side property popped back on the market Friday.
Located in Chicago’s Park Manor neighborhood, the brick two-flat is currently seeking $109,900. Its most recent owner lost the property in foreclosure in 2018, reported Crain’s. Before that, it listed for $225,000 in 2014 and $179,900 in 2016.
Built in 1908, it housed the infamous gangster along with his mother, wife, and sister in the 1920s. Although reportedly well-furnished at that time, the current structure appears to be in need of repair and is a far cry from the palatial Miami digs that Al Capone went on to purchase in 1928.
As for the urban legend that Capone built a secret tunnel between his Chicago residence and its detached rear garage, Re/Max listing agent Ryan Smith told Crain’s that a door in the home’s basement could support such a theory. If a tunnel did exist, however, it has since been filled in.
With a little care, could this unique piece of Chicago history be revived as a desirable two-flat? Or at the very least an interesting vacation rental?
- Al Capone’s two-flat, a recent foreclosure, for sale [Crain’s]
- 7244 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago Illinois [RE/MAX Properties]
- Al Capone’s Chicago home returns with big price chop [Curbed Chicago]