It’s official: the notorious home where Rod Blagojevich was busted for trying to sell Barack Obama’s Senate Seat is now for sale.
Patti Blagojevich is the listing agent, and calls the home a fortress, but Monday night outside the family’s Ravenswood Manor home, she choked back emotions as she talked about how difficult it is to sell the home where the family has lived for the past 12 years.
“It’s not just our house we’re selling it’s our home, we’ve lived here since 1999. It’s the only home our children have ever known,” Patti Blagojevich said. “So it’s a hard decision.” The 3800 square foot home, on a corner lot, is listed for $1.07 million, more than twice what the Blagojevich’s paid for it.
The real estate listing says the home has all stainless steel appliances, a music room and library and a huge master suite. It also has steam and radiant heat in the rehabbed bathrooms. Blagojevich notes in the online listing that the home also has a 22-hundred square foot basement with a gym.
The Blagojevich’s can only hope that the neighborhood’s appeal outweighs the home’s notoriety.
“We chose not to go to Springfield when my husband was governor, we chose to stay in our home here and stay in our neighborhood because we thought this was a wonderful place to raise our children,” Blagojevich said. “If those factors help us sell our home, that’s some measure of consolation,”
There is no For Sale sign outside the house, and there are no inside pictures on the real estate listing. It’s also expected to be open only to pre-screened buyers, by appointment only.
Rod Blagojevich is still awaiting sentencing for his corruption conviction.