The Home Where Bruce Springsteen Wrote Born to Run Is Now for Sale
Bruce Springsteen’s seminal album Born to Run had humble beginnings. In 1974, the musician who would someday be known to legions of fans as “The Boss” moved into a tiny, two-bedroom cottage in his birth town of Long Branch, New Jersey. There, the 25-year-old composed the album’s eight tracks, including hits like “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Jungleland.”
Springsteen had already released two albums, and he felt like this was his last chance to achieve commercial success. "I wanted to make the greatest rock record that I'd ever heard, and I wanted it to sound enormous…” Springsteen later recounted to Rolling Stone.
Born to Run ended up selling more than six million copies, cementing Springsteen as one of the 20th century’s most iconic singer-songwriters. Now, a fan of America’s favorite Jersey Boy can purchase the property where it all began—Springsteen’s old house on 7 1/2 West End Court, which sits less than two blocks away from the beach in Long Branch, and is now on the market for $299,000.
For a one-story, 828-square-foot structure with a single bathroom and a small front porch, the sticker price is a little high—particularly since it sold for $280,000 six years ago. However, Fortune reports that brokers think the right fan will shell out the cash.
“We’re talking about the intrinsic value of this house, of the value of Springsteen’s history [with the house]. That’s the buyer willing to pay for that,” said real estate broker George “Rives” Holder.
Whether you're a rock 'n' roll fan or simply house hunting on the Jersey Shore, you can check out the listing for the house online, or learn more in the Springsteen documentary below.