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Al Capone\’s family home for sale

A six-room Chicago home once owned by notorious mobster Al Capone and his family has gone on the market for $450,000.

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The brick-built home at 7244 South Prairie Avenue, in the Park Manor neighbourhood, boasts ornate tile work, a cellar big enough to hide ill-gotten gains, and an impressive pedigree.

Listed for sale at $US$US450,000 ($A645,485), the property is priced well above similar houses on Chicago\’s South Side, which normally sell for $US180,000 ($A258,195) to $US230,000 ($A329,915).

But no other home in Chicago can match the history of the modest home that has had just two owners since Capone\’s mother died in 1952.

“I\’m looking for people who would be interested in the historical value of this home,” said real estate agent Patrice Brazil. “It\’s an excellent home, and it\’s in great shape.”

Capone barricaded inside

Records show the Capones bought the home for $US5,500 ($A7,890) in 1923 after moving from Brooklyn, where Al Capone\’s notorious business interests began.

Capone headquartered his bootlegging, gambling and prostitution enterprises in Cicero, Illinois, and later moved them to the old Lexington Hotel at Cermak and Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

But he was a frequent guest of his mother\’s, famously barricading himself inside one December night in 1927 when police threatened to arrest him.

Since 1963, the home has belonged to Barbara Hogsette, 71, who is selling it so she can move to California to be with her son.

Hogsette said she knows the home\’s history might not appeal to every buyer, but charm and character count for a lot – especially in real estate.

“The time is right for me to move on and let someone else in,” she said.

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