Friday, December 26, 2008

House for Sale

Seems a bit pricey for the neighborhood though:
  • Want to own a notorious piece of Chicago history?

    The modest, red-brick home once owned by Al Capone is expected to hit the market this spring for an estimated $450,000, marking a new chapter for the infamous South Side landmark that has had just two owners since the death of Capone's mother in 1952.

There have been pictures of the house here and there over the years. We don't recall it being anything special aside from the previous owner. The article states that Scarface didn't spend too much time there anyway, so the possibilities of there being stashes of bootleg liquor there seem remote.

But $450,000 for something at 72nd and Prairie? Seems steep.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dreamin' of a refer 10 feet long, smoking cocaine under a coconut tree, betcha ain't a soul as high as me. $450K rather buy a ranch out west somewhere, no neighbors, no noise, no problems. Defintely somebody's pipe dream

12/26/2008 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geraldo Rivera wants to do a live show opening the 'vault' in the basement to find Big Al's fortune!

12/26/2008 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geraldo Rivera is chomping at the bit!

12/26/2008 12:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In this market, she better hold her breath for $450k.

12/26/2008 02:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who would lay out even half that cash for that house in Park Manor or Chatham (003) needs a straitjacket.

If he were alive today, even "Scarface" would never go near the place.

Neighborhoods change. Fifty years ago, it was a peaceful neighborhood with little crime.

12/26/2008 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding? 450K in that crime ridden neighborhood? What does she think she has gold? Maybe 150K nothing more! What historic value?none!

12/26/2008 05:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless her! I hope she hoses some yuppie!

12/26/2008 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any 1921 Thompsons buried in the walls??They could be worth 60K if they were properly stored.

12/26/2008 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

170,000 is my bid for the property. Then I will rent it out- Section 8!

12/26/2008 08:46:00 AM  
Blogger joe the citizen said...

Like I posted on SLC's blog, I was thinking of snatching Capones grave marker from his grave in Hillside, I wonder how much some drug dealing ghetto thug hip hop star would pay me for that piece of "gold"

12/26/2008 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She"ll be lucky to get 45,000 in that neighborhood

12/26/2008 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry im a north sider. is that neighbor hood still italian and is there a good school that i can put my little girls in, if i buy that piece of chicago history..thank you

12/26/2008 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what was different 50 years ago? hmmmm?

12/26/2008 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Silly Lillie could buy it, and turn it into a Scarfacec/Burger King museum...a little lunch counter serving Whoppers, and a little pasta...the possibilities are endless!!!! She could even stay there...close to work and then she could just singlehandedly get rid of all the crime!!! MMM Hmmm

12/26/2008 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oppppppssss...misplaced the decimal point...i meant $45.00...owner will finance

12/26/2008 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before coming on the job I sold cars. There is a saying in that industry; "There is an ass for every seat". As weird as it sounds, someone will come in, plunk down 450K and put there ass in that place. This saying can be applied to lots of situations. Next time you see something odd, remember what it says.

12/26/2008 12:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/26/2008 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic, but didn't want to post this on the one concerning the Santa visits. I think this is so damn funny, and I think it would be funny to do some Chicago signs:

Perhaps, gang warfare zone, please duck....or watch out for corrupt alderman crossing,,,or how about changing a bunch of Mayor Daley who has hhis name on everything to just read Dick,,,ok, so I am not that funny, but I'll bet some of you can come up with some that are.

12/26/2008 01:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The inside of that building was shown on some little something you should know news segment and from what I recall it looks like a total piece of shit. Dated, old and crappy. Not worth 142K let alone 450K. They're dreaming.

12/26/2008 03:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Sir Edmund Hillary said...

"Seems steep," the slopes of
Mt. Everest are not that steep!

12/26/2008 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is another Al Capone house on Forest Glen Avenue right by the Edens.

It went for about $400K about 10 years ago.

12/26/2008 06:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Any 1921 Thompsons buried in the walls??They could be worth 60K if they were properly stored.

12/26/2008 08:18:00 AM"

You must be this woman's real estate agent.

12/26/2008 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo Joe Citizen from another citizen. Capone is not buried in Hillside. He's buried on the northside but I'm not going to tell you where so your silly ass doesn't do something stupid.

12/26/2008 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Middle School Copper said...


12/26/2008 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/26/2008 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is actually a very nice Chicago style 2-flat bungalow. The original woodwork has been painted but is intact. The original tile remains along with doorknobs, brass hinges, knobs, etc. Without the Capone historical aura the bldg would sell for about 250-95. Unfortunately, there is a recession and nothing is moving in this market. Perhaps the Capone name will help her sell it and turn it into some kind of museum. That particular block seems to have escaped the shootings and drug dealings that have captured most of the surrounding area.

12/26/2008 11:59:00 PM  
Blogger joe the citizen said...

Hey other citizen, Al was originally buried at Mt. Olivet on the northside but was moved to the family plot at Mt. Carmel in .............Hillside years ago

12/27/2008 12:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's another "mobster's" house for sale. Quiet neighborhood, safe streets, good schools, zoning negotiable, taxes negotiable. SUNNYSIDE and RICHMOND.

12/27/2008 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to demean any of the comments on this post.

But I always laugh when a bunch of coppers start talking real estate.

Just another topic in which they're experts! I'm sure they've just conducted CMA's prior to the conversation.

Funnier is the copper/agent at my district who attempted to talk me into buying a property in the ghetto!

12/27/2008 11:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. SouthSide says---

"...sorry, I'm a north sider..."

Couldn't have said it better myself.

12/27/2008 12:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

years ago during the depression my uncle was working in a one pump gas station on state street near the then greek mkts off 71st st, one winter afternoon he saw a lady coming through the snow with packages and sliding on the ice, a customers car was parked outside just finished being repaired, my uncle went out and closed garage and said come on ill run you home lady. he took lady home and took packages inside. one week later a big touring car drove up and a guy got out and said someone wants to talk to you kid, that guy was BIG AL HIMSELF, he said that was nice what you did for my MOM and do you need or want anything, my uncle never being shy said yes i would like to be a Park District cop, a month later he was called and was given shield and star and was put with a old timer and was on the job, at that time you couldnt buy the job being the depression. Uncle went into WW11 and came back and got a great job eith Atomic energy comm, as cheif of guards in Lemont WITH Arrogganne natl labs thus my brush with local history.

12/27/2008 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't AL Capone have a son still alive today?

12/27/2008 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hay ho-I got a canoli for $100. Al Capone had it under his bed.

12/28/2008 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another of those area the tough guy Italians got kicked out of.

12/28/2008 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogger joe the citizen said...

Hey other citizen, Al was originally buried at Mt. Olivet on the northside but was moved to the family plot at Mt. Carmel in .............Hillside years ago

12/27/2008 12:02:00 AM
OOOOHHHH, the MT. Olivet that wasn't at one-hundred eleven and "the north side", you ignorant fillintheblanks should just let us alone, and note that yes, your eyetralian mo-fo was indeed inteered in Mt. Greenwood, before Mt. Carmel in your homework _ and sign your name...

12/28/2008 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al Capone's son Al Francis Capone died in 2004 in Florida. He had changed his name to Al Francis, then Al Francis Brown. He had four daughters. I know that one great-granddaughter lives in Wicker Park, moved here with her husband who she met in college in California.

12/29/2008 03:10:00 PM  

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