Published Oct 19, 2015Rock fans have already been granted the opportunity to stay in the Band's "Big Pink" house, and now another iconic property is on the market, as the New Jersey home where Bruce Springsteen wrote his celebrated 1975 album Born to Run is up for sale.
The house is in the beach-side city of Long Branch, NJ, at 7 ½ West End Court (which sounds suspiciously like a Harry Potter address, but is absolutely real). The Boss lived there from 1974 to 1975, and he wrote every song on Born to Run at that time. That includes "Thunder Road," "Born to Run" and more.
The two-bedroom, single-bath, 828-square-foot house is listed at $299,000 USD ($388,640 CAD). It's located a block and a half from the beach and is owned by Springsteen fans Jerry Ferrara, his sister Kim McDermott and friend Ryan DeCaroli, who bought it for $280,000 USD ($364,551 CAD) in 2009. They've since made some renovations. See the listing here.
"We probably paid more than it was worth when we bought it because of what we call 'the Bruce factor,'" Ferrara told NJ.com. "We still think it's worth it."
They've decided to sell because life changes have meant that the owners don't have enough time to devote to house.
The house has been known to attract some Springsteen fans, which, as the Goonies have taught us, can be a bit of a mixed blessing. The owners had talked to various groups about possibly turning the house into an Ian Curtis-style public attraction, but now the property is up for sale to anyone.
If you ask us, $299,000 seems like a steal when you consider that the piece of paper Springsteen wrote "Born to Run" on sold for $197,000 back in 2013.