Two months after returning to market from foreclosure, the former South Side home of Prohibition Era crime boss Al “Scarface” Capone has found a new owner. The Park Manor property sold on April 5 for $226,000—more than twice its $109,900 asking price, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Built in 1908, the brick structure on Prairie Avenue housed the infamous gangster along with his mother, wife, and sister during the height of Chicago’s roaring 20s. Although Al Capone spent the years leading up to his 1947 death in a palatial Miami mansion, the Chicago property stayed in his family until the mid 1950s.
The home had several owners since and hopped on and off the market during the past several years, listing for $225,000 in 2014 and $179,900 in 2016. Said to well-furnished back in Capone’s day, the six-bedroom, two-flat structure is a very much a fixer-upper now.
Re/Max listing agent Ryan Smith told the Tribune that he has “no idea” what the buyers plan to do with the historic residence, noting that “it needs to be modernized to today’s standards.” The property had roughly 80 offers, likely due to the amount of press it received, Smith said.
While urban legend says Capone built a secret tunnel between the home and its detached rear garage, no such underground passage currently exists. As for rumors regarding the possibility of buried treasure on the property, perhaps the new owners will want to invest in a metal detector?