Before he was Indiana Jones and Han Solo, actor Harrison Ford lived in a modest brick Tudor in a suburb 17 miles north of Chicago.
Ford’s childhood home is now on the market for the first time since 1970, listed for $399,900 with Craig Tinder of Century 21 Elm. The current owners are the second family to own the home since the Fords sold it.
Ford lived in the home during the 1950s, graduating from Maine East High School in Park Ridge, IL, before attending Ripon College in Wisconsin. He acted with a summer theater group near the resort town of Lake Geneva, WI, and then moved to Los Angeles.
Ford also had another future-celeb neighbor: Hillary Rodham Clinton, who “grew up two blocks away” during the ’50s and ’60s, according to Tinder.
Built in 1922, this fixer-upper will need a bit of TLC. No, the roof isn’t caving in, nor is the plaster peeling; but it’s a time capsule that was last updated decades ago.
The windows and electricity and plumbing systems are original to the home, making them 96 years old.
“There’s been very little updates, especially in the last 25 years,” says Tinder. “It has a lot of potential for the next owner to remodel it.”
While this charming Tudor is listed for just under $400,000, Tinder told us recent comps in the neighborhood are in the $700,000 range.
“The yard is a bit of a jungle,” according to the agent, so the next occupants may want to invest in landscaping as well.
Hardwood floors under the carpeting could also give the house a new lease on life. Other projects might include finishing the 850-square-foot basement and modernizing the baths and kitchen (look at those vintage cabinets!).
Park Ridge is one of many Chicago suburbs undergoing a renaissance.
“Back when Harrison Ford lived there, it was very sleepy, suburban, a dry town,” says Tinder. “Most of the people who are moving to Park Ridge now are coming from Chicago and still want to be close to the downtown area—both Chicago and Park Ridge’s Uptown area.”
Even so, it remains a family-friendly community just as it was when Ford lived here.
“Most of the people who live here are either raising their families or they raised their families here and continued to stay,” says Tinder.
There are three bedrooms in the home. Ford’s parents took the master bedroom while he took the larger of the remaining two bedrooms, and his younger brother (Terence Ford, also an actor, with roles on “The Young and the Restless” and “Knots Landing”) got the smaller. Harrison’s former room also boasts a balcony.
It makes us wonder: Can you imagine standing on the balcony off of what used to be Ford’s bedroom?!