You Can Buy Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home For A Song These Days
Nirvana fans are some of the most rabid music lovers out there, but apparently none of them want to live in Kurt Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen, WA. The four-bedroom 1,500-square-foot house was originally placed on the market for $500,000 in 2013, but is currently only going for $329,000.
For the record, this is not the house where Cobain committed suicide. This is the home he grew up in until the age of nine, and then lived in again between the ages of 16 and 20. However, the house does have some traces of the singer’s existence in it such as holes he “made” in the walls (read: punched in fits of rage) and band logos he drew on his bedroom wall (I hope one of them is Celtic Frost).
Here’s the thing: the house is approximately $100k more than most other houses in the area. And while the realtor describes it as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of rock history,” Aberdeen just doesn’t seem like a great place to live. It’s 110 miles south of Seattle, and according to its Wikipedia page it was at one time considered “The Port of Missing Men” because of the high murder rate. Overall there’s probably a reason that the world’s angstiest musician came from this town.
There was even a crowdfunding campaign to turn the house into a Cobain museum of sorts, but it fell short by something like $575,000. The realtor suggests that “there are a number of exciting possibilities for this unique property, including moving the building and incorporating it into a larger institution or private collection,” but let’s be honest, who’s going to move an Aberdeen bungalow brick by brick to their personal rock museum?
Anyway, if you happen to have a recent inheritance and want to buy a piece of rock history, the house is out there. If you’re a diehard metalhead, it might be worth noting that Metal Church’s Kurdt Vanderhoof is also from Aberdeen, so hey, there’s that.