Got $500,000? Want To Buy Kurt Cobain's Dingy Childhood Home?
Anyone for a run-down bungalow south of Seattle?
In the same month that fans of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana are marking the 20th anniversary of the band's final album In Utero, the rock star's mother, Wendy O'Connor, is putting his childhood home up for sale.
Krist Novoselic [L], Kurt Cobain [Center] and Dave Grohl [R], i.e, Nirvana
For $500,000, you could be the lucky owner of a tired looking 1.5 storey bungalow two hours southwest of Seattle. It does come equipped with Cobain's original mattress.
Assessed at just $67,000, the listing price of $500,000 is clearly indicative of its history, though how many fans will be willing to shell out half a million for a dingy old place south of Seattle remains to be seen.
Given that the property is a short walk from a riverfront park dedicated to Cobain's memory, one idea is that a partnership could be formed to make the home into a museum. The singer's room is still adorned with stencils of his favorite bands including Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden.
"We've decided to sell the home to create a legacy for Kurt, and yes, there are some mixed feelings since we have all loved the home and it carries so many great memories," Cobain's sister, Kim Cobain, said in a statement to Fox News. "But our family has moved on from Washington, and (we) feel it's time to let go of the home."
One person probably dismayed by the decision is Courtney Love, who scuffled with Wendy outside a Los Angeles Courtroom in 2003, during her fight for custody of her 11-year-old daughter, Frances Bean. According to MTV, the skirmish came as Love attempted to regain custody of Frances who was taken by child services a week after the singer's overdose on the prescription painkiller OxyContin.
Cobain's parents bought the place in Aberdeen 1969 when he was just two years old. The neighbourhood - a former timber town - is now considered gritty and struggling. The dingy carpeting and recent splash of garish yellow paint make the property a sight for sore eyes, though someone with a bit of cash could tidy things up.
In 2012, an Oregon couple bought a home in Montesano for $42,500. When they learned that Cobain had once lived there, they sold it for $210,000.
Cobain committed suicide in Seattle in 1994, aged 27.