Kurt Cobain’s Old Apartment Is Available for Rent
The next time you pay a visit to Los Angeles, you can spend your nights bunking in Kurt Cobain's former home. Consequence of Sound notes that the L.A. apartment that the Nirvana frontman shared with Courtney Love in 1991-92 has been listed as an Airbnb property, and is available to rent for $290 a night (there are also weekly and monthly options).
"Yes, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love lived in the home during the height of Nirvana's musical influence, '91-'92 to be specific," explains the listing. "At the time, Kurt was focused on songwriting and his artwork, much of which was created in the apartment. He was particularly into painting during this time and even decorated the walls in the living room and bedroom. His favorite spot in the house: the bathtub. In it, he wrote the song 'Heart-Shaped Box.'"
The apartment's current leaseholder, Brandon Kleinman, tells Vulture that the history behind the unit hasn't always been seen as a good thing by the building's owner.
"The day I signed the lease, I was sitting with the landlord, and as soon as I signed on the dotted line, he said, ‘Okay, now I can tell you the real story behind this apartment,'" explained Kleinman. "He kept it a secret because he wasn’t getting great tenants when he advertised the apartment’s backstory. He went on to tell me about what it was like having Kurt Cobain live here, and what to watch for. It’s been funny. Once every 60 days or so, I’ll get a weird, older gentleman, a rocker-type dude, sort of a burnout, knocking on the door, saying, ‘Do you know what used to happen here?’"
Adding that he's had plenty of work done to get the place in shape — and is interested in figuring out a way to strip back the layers of paint over the fireplace to see if he can expose what he suspects is original Cobain artwork on the mantel — Kleinman says that in spite of the apartment's Cobain attachment, he actually hasn't had very many renters.
"It gets rented out about four or five times a year," he said. "I think Airbnb buried the listing for some reason. I don’t get a lot of interest in it. I had one person from Germany who was visiting every place Kurt stayed in L.A. I’ve had a couple young college students from Europe. I’ve had a couple of American people who want to post up and experience the place. It’s always two- to three-night stays."
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