A Chance to Own a 'Piece of Rock History'

A Chance to Own a 'Piece of Rock History'

Residential News » Celebrity Property | By WPC Celebrity Team | September 26, 2013 1:05 PM ET

A four-bedroom, one-bath home in Aberdeen, Washington, considered a "piece of rock history," is on the market for $500,000. The house's biggest selling point -- it is the childhood home of the late rock singer Kurt Cobain. 

Mr. Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, has listed the rather ordinary, traditional-style home, hoping a fan's nostalgia will compensate for the home's worn-down status. The Nirvana legend, who committed suicide in 1994, lived in the house from when he was a few months old until he was nine when his parents separated. He moved back to the house to live with his mom from age 16 to 20, according to the listing.

The 1,522-square-foot Craftsman-style bungalow is a "truly unique opportunity" with possibilities that include moving the building and incorporating it into a bigger institution or private collection, the listing states. 

To market the home, Mr. Cobain's mother is using childhood photos showing the rock singer playing the piano as a child and his guitar in his messy teenage room. Photos also show the late rock singer's artwork crawled on the walls, as well as a hole he reportedly punched in a wall.

"There are...pieces of original furniture including family dining table/hutch, Kurt's childhood mattress, the rug in his room and more," the listing boasts. "The home is an amazing look into Kurt's past, as everything is still more or less preserved and captures his early years that led to his legendary career."

Ms. O'Connor is hoping a fan will purchase the home, with a price almost four times the average for the area. The Aberdeen home, located southeast of Seattle, is estimated to be worth $70,000, sans the claim to rock history, according to Redfin. The median price for homes in Aberdeen is $127,498.

The garage is where Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic practiced when they first got a band together in the late 1980s, the listing notes 

The musical history claim-to-fame appears to be a good selling strategy. A family in Tennessee sold their home last month by marketing it as country singer Taylor Swift's childhood home for $700,000, higher than the $480,000 they originally paid. 

Nirvana released its last album in 1993. After struggling with heroin addiction and depression, Mr. Cobain committed suicide the following year in his Seattle home at age 27. 

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