Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ Home Is for Sale
The Associated Press reports that the house, located at 7 ½ West End Court in Long Branch, N.J., has been listed at $299,000. It was last purchased in 2009 by three fans who saved it from demolition and intended to turn it into a Springsteen museum, but those plans fell apart, and now it's back on the market.
"We'd been to a couple of auctions where people paid a ridiculous amount of money for a signed guitar. To me, the house is better than that stuff. It's the place where he wrote Born to Run," said one of the current owners, Jerry Ferrara. "We probably paid more than it was worth when we bought it because of what we call 'the Bruce factor.' We still think it's worth it."
"In a dream world, Bruce would show up and say 'I think I should own this still,'" added another of the owners, Kim McDermott. "But I don't think that's going to happen."
Springsteen has said he wrote every song that ended up on Born to Run while renting the West End house, and McDermott recalled that the Springsteen exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame included the kitchen table he had when he lived there — complete with bills addressed to him at the home. According to realtor George Rives Holder, the house is also a footnote in the history of Bob Dylan, who was allegedly looking for it when he was detained by Long Branch police in 2009.
"It can't be proven, but people pretty much assume that he was looking for Bruce's house," said Holder. "It's funny — the officers didn't recognize Dylan."
Even though the current owners weren't able to realize their dreams of making the house a permanent Springsteen landmark, Holder seems confident that it remains a hot property. "The price is in line with the market now with a little bit of a premium put on it because of the historical significance of it," he added. "Buyers will have to go through a vetting process."
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