For Sale: Kurt Cobain's Childhood Home, Mattress

Washington bungalow hitting market for $500K

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 25, 2013 9:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – For just $500,000, you can buy the home in Aberdeen, Wash., where Kurt Cobain spent his formative years—complete with the markings and holes he made on the walls of his childhood bedroom, and even the mattress he slept on. Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, is selling the 1.5-story 1923 bungalow; it's apparently not in great shape (the AP describes its "dingy carpeting" and "water-stained wooden shingles") and was last assessed at less than $67,000. But consider this: Another couple bought a nearby Washington home for $42,500 in 2002, learned Cobain lived there from the ages of 11 to 15, and ended up selling it for $210,000.

The Nirvana frontman lived in the Aberdeen home from ages 2 to 9, when his parents separated; he moved back in as a teen to live with his mom. A Cobain biographer notes the house is "a place where [Cobain] had very fond memories," but also sad ones: After his parents' divorce, he wrote, "I hate Mom, I hate Dad" on his bedroom wall. The mattress he slept on in that bedroom is included with the house, stored in an upstairs crawl space. Also included: the dining room table and hutch from when he lived there. "Our family has moved on from Washington, and [we] feel it's time to let go of the home," says Cobain's sister, Kim, in a statement. The family would be interested in a partnership to turn the home into a Cobain museum.

In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, Dann Sears, curator of the Aberdeen Museum of HIstory, stands in the tiny garage of the childhood home of Kurt Cobain in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, a phrase reportedly written by Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, remains on the wall of his room at his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, shows the living room of the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, an attic bedroom used by Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, still has the stencil-like logos of bands that he reportedly put on the walls, as well...   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, a mattress used in childhood by Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, leans on the wall in an attic crawlspace of his family home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, left, along an alley in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 photo shows the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, left, along an alley in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, shows the kitchen of the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, an attic bedroom used by Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, is said by realtors to still include the original rug from when he lived in his childhood...   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, shows a guitar, staged for the home sale, and the dining room table and hutch from when Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, lived there in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, the childhood home Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, stands along an alley in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This undated photo provided by Kim Cobain, Kurt Cobain's sister, shows a young Kurt Cobain, left, and Kim in their childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)
This undated photo provided by Kim Cobain a young Kurt Cobain celebrates a birthday at his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)
This undated photo provided by Kim Cobain shows a young Kurt Cobain in his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)
In this undated photo provided by Kim Cobain, a young Kurt Cobain plays guitar in his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)
This undated photo provided by Kim Cobain, Kurt Cobain's sister, shows a young Kurt Cobain, left, and Kim in their childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)
In this undated photo provided by Kim Cobain, a young Kurt Cobain plays piano in his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)
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