Leonard Cohen's Childhood Home up for Sale in Montreal
Published May 31, 2010As if a Victorian-style, five-bedroom brick house that backs onto a park and offers a stunning view of the Montreal skyline wasn't going to attract enough buyers, it also has this going for it: Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen grew up in it.
As CBC reports, Cohen's childhood home, pictured here, is officially up for sale, and as far as we can tell, it's a beauty. The house, situated beside Montreal in the wealthy Westmount neighbourhood, is asking $1,395,000 for the architectural marvel and piece of Cohen's history.
"Some of [his] early poetry and some of his early writings were done right here, so the area, presumably, inspired him in some way or another," said Marcel Guay, who, with his wife Mary, bought the property five years ago.
Of course, buying the house would subject you to the constant stream of fans visiting the house that the Guays have had to put up with.
"We've had people knock on the door and ask to confirm in fact if it was Leonard Cohen's house, and have asked us if they could have a peek inside," said Guay. "It's a museum for them, they come by to see Leonard Cohen's old digs."
Cohen is believed to have lived there until the mid-1950s, but his mother remained in the house until her death in 1997, at which point the house was sold.
Of course, if you're wealthy enough, and care about Cohen's music enough to buy $1.4 million house, you may also have purchased this. Now, where to hang it?