Buy This: Walt Disney's Surprisingly Inexpensive Childhood Home

Buy This: Walt Disney's Surprisingly Inexpensive Childhood Home

Jul 02, 2012

If you thought that the homes of deceased celebrities were more saleable on the housing market, then you're underestimating how cruddy things have been for the real estate industry lately. Walt Disney's home, where he spent the first four years of his life before moving to Marceline, Missouri, has been up for grabs for several years. The unassuming abode on Tripp Avenue in Chicago was actually built by Walt's father.

Since the house has no historic landmark designation, there is the possibility that it could be torn down to make way for new construction in the city's northwest side. A years-long campaign by preservationists has prevented its destruction, but it's a bit of a catch-22. If historic designation did prevent the home from being wrecked, a buyer could be harder to come by since all alterations to its construction need to be approved by the city council beforehand. 

That may never happen, though, since the L.A. Times reports that several local aldermen cite Disney as a 'bigot" and refuse to make room for the landmark. For now, real estate dealer Radoje Popovic owns the property and hopes to sell it to a respectable buyer for a reduced asking price of $179,000. Kickstarter, anyone? [via Cartoon Brew]

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