Billy Corgan’s Childhood Home in Glendale Heights is On the Market

April 28, 2014
Billy Corgan

Billy Corgan, of Smashing Pumpkins, sings for gathered customers, fans and Highland Park residents in September 2012 on the opening day of Madame ZuZu’s, a Highland Park tea shop he co-owns. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune / April 28, 2014)

The four-bedroom, raised ranch-style house in west suburban Glendale Heights where Smashing Pumpkins founder and frontman Billy Corgan spent much of his preteen and teenage years has been listed for $175,000.

One of the most successful rockers ever to come out of the Chicago area, Corgan, 47, now lives in a massive vintage mansion on Lake Michigan in Highland Park.

But for close to a decade — from 1977 until he graduated from Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream in 1985 — Corgan hung his hat in his family’s 1,531-square-foot house in Glendale Heights.

Corgan’s father, blues and rock guitarist William Corgan Sr., and stepmother, Penelope, paid $49,000 for the house in 1977, according to public records. After the couple divorced in 1983, Corgan, his brother and his half-brother all continued living in the home with his stepmother, according to court records.

After graduating from high school, Corgan moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. for a brief stint before returning to Chicago and proceeding to form the Smashing Pumpkins. In 1986, Penelope Corgan sold the house for $80,000 to a couple.

The house has remained in that family’s hands until now, and was placed on the market late last month as an estate sale, according to listing agent Shane Crawford of RE/Max Central, who said he was unaware that Corgan had spent his formative years there.

Built in 1969, the house has 2-1/2 baths, an eat-in kitchen with birch cabinets and tile floors, and oak vanities and medicine cabinets in the bathrooms.

The house was listed on Mar. 28 and went under contract almost immediately. Through his publicist, Lissa Druss Christman, Corgan declined to comment on the listing.

This post originally appeared on ChicagoTribune.com on April 28, 2014.

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