Would you pay $500,000 for the Oswald rooming house?

Google street view

Google street view

Five hundred thousand dollars. That’s how much Patricia Hall is asking for the little house she owns at 1026 N. Beckley. It’s a 2,000-square-foot house valued for tax purposes at around $65,000. But it’s where Lee Harvey Oswald slept the night before he killed the president.

Hall put the rooming house, which was Oswald’s first stop after the Kennedy assassination, on the market earlier this year. CBS Sunday Morning aired a segment about the house this past weekend.

Hall tells CBS she hopes someone will buy the house for a museum or bed and breakfast. The $500,000 price tag makes it the most expensive property on the market in that zip code, according to a search of real estate listings. As a comparison, you could buy this four-bedroom house with a pool in Stevens Park Estates for $2,000 less. Or, with $500,000, you could buy this 3-bedroom house with a pool in Wynnewood North, plus this cabin on 6 acres in Roaring Springs and still have enough left over to put a kid through college.

The CBS story, below, sheds some insight into how the Oswald connection affected Hall’s aunt, Gladys Johnson, who rented a room to a future assassin.

About the Author:

Rachel Stone is the Oak Cliff editor. Email rstone@advocatemag.com or follow twitter.com/advocate_oc.                                     


  1. […] After the assassination, Oswald took the bus from his job at the Texas School Book Depository back to the house at 1026 N. Beckley. Police searched the house that day, and it is in the Warren Commission Report. The home’s second-generation owner, Patricia Hall, put the house on the market last year for $500,000. […]

  2. […] Avenue rooming house where Lee Harvey Oswald was staying at the time of the JFK assassination, but you don’t have $500,000 to buy it, well, now you can visit. For $20, that is. Owner Pat Hall, whose aunt rented to the presumed […]

Comments are closed.