Though notorious Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone had spent time in lavish hotel suites and even a Miami Beach estate, the home where he began the road to kingpin gangsterdom was this two-story red-brick house in Chicago's South Side—and now, the place where it all started is on the market for $225K. The two-unit house was first purchased for $5,000 when Capone moved his family from New York to Chicago in 1923. While living here, Capone ascended from a bouncer at a brothel to a filthy rich mob boss.
The property, which his family unloaded in 1952 after his mom died, was at one time considered for historic landmark status, though the idea crumbled. Anyway, the six-bedroom house has an enclosed back porch on each floor and, of course, a few authentically Capone touches: iron bars on the basement windows and a rock-solid garage in the backyard where he once kept his Cadillac. The home reportedly failed to sell at $450K in 2009, but perhaps a drastic PriceChop will bring better luck.
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