- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A house built for famed University of Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne in South Bend two years before he died in a 1931 airplane crash is up for sale.

The four-bedroom English Tudor-style home about 2 miles south of the Notre Dame campus is listed at $500,000. The wake for Rockne was held at the home, the South Bend Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/1mr6iXN )).

“The house is in absolutely mint condition, and it’s pretty much the same way it was as it was when he passed,” said Jay O’Neil, a broker associate with Encore Sotheby’s International Realty, which is handling the sale.

Rockne’s widow, Bonnie, and family lived in the house until her death in 1956. The current owners were family friends of the Rocknes and bought the home from the Rockne estate in 1957.

Karen Hickey said she was 6 years old when her parents and five siblings moved in to the house and that little has changed in almost 60 years. The home has its original hardwood floors and bathroom tile, along with leaded glass windows, a limestone fireplace and a tennis court on the adjacent lot.

“I don’t remember a time when I was living in the home and I didn’t marvel at how beautiful it was,” Hickey said.

Rockne coached the Irish for 13 seasons starting in 1918, posting a record of 105-12-5 while winning national championships in 1924, 1929 and 1930. His winning percentage of .881 remains the best in college football. Rockne was 43 when he died in the crash near the central Kansas town of Bazaar. The crash happened at the height of his career.

Hickey said she and her siblings debated for months whether to sell the house and that it’s important to find a buyer who cares about its history.

“I think we’re going to get a tremendous amount of interest from the alumni of Notre Dame, I really do,” said O’Neil, who is a big Notre Dame fan. “It’s the first time the home is being made available.”

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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