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For Sale: Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home, Nirvana Nostalgia, Bad Carpet

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By Maria L. La Ganga

“There are even marks and drawings on the walls made by Kurt, and pieces of original furniture including family dining table/hutch, Kurt’s childhood mattress, the rug in his room and more,” the listing boasts.

Cobain moved to the East 1st Street house — all 1,522 square feet of it — with his family when he was just a few months old and lived there until his parents separated when he was 9. He returned at age 16, left at age 20 and with Nirvana found breakthrough success at 24 with “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Cobain and bandmate Krist Novoselic practiced in the attached garage in the late 1980s. He took out his early angst upstairs, where, the listing says, his former bedroom contains “artwork drawn directly on the walls and a hole in one wall where he punched it as a teen, almost breaking his hand.”

The listing suggests “exciting possibilities” for a prospective owner, including “renovation, moving the building and incorporating it into a larger institution or private collection or creating a museum in Aberdeen or elsewhere (provided the necessary consent is obtained).”

The Cobain family has sweetened the online presentation with photos of its famous son. Which might be necessary. At least one real estate website pegged the average sales price for similar homes sold recently in the neighborhood at $93,150.

©2013 Los Angeles Times
Distributed by MCT Information Services

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