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Born To Buy – Bruce’s Former House Up for Sale – Would You Buy It? [POLL]

Monmouth County Association of Realtors
Monmouth County Association of Realtors

Quick answer: no!

I know it’s all about “location, location, location”; but the reason this cottage is a buy is because it was the home where Bruce Springsteen penned the immortal “Born To Run”.

I’m not really a Bruce fan, so I don’t see the point. I wouldn’t.

Maybe you do. Maybe you feel that having a piece of rock and roll history brings some cache to you. It’s like saying, “this is the toilet bowl the Boss peed into.”

Which reminds me of the junk dealer in South Jersey who bought the toilet bowl that Hitler used during his last days in the bunker.


According to this:

A cottage at 71/2 West End Court in Long Branch where one-time renter Bruce Springsteen wrote “Born to Run” is up for sale for $349,900, said real estate agent Susan McLaughlin of Keller Williams Realty.

“It went on sale Friday, and I’ve had about 40 calls and another 40 contacts, mainly through emails,” McLaughlin said.

The house, described as a “Landmark Jersey Shore Cottage” by McLaughlin, has five rooms, two bedrooms and one bath. There are three owners. Only one of the owners is a resident, and he’s getting married and looking to sell and move out.

The other two owners would be agreeable to selling a third of the house to a partner who would buy in, McLaughlin said.

Springsteen lived in the house in 1974 and ’75 and composed his breakthrough album “Born to Run” there. The house is the spot, according to local lore, that Bob Dylan was looking for when he was detained by Long Branch police in 2009, McLaughlin said.

“(Dylan) was visiting the former homes of Jim Morrison and a number of rock stars, just looking to get the feel of the music and pick up the vibes of these properties,” McLaughlin said. In Long Branch, “he (mistakenly) went to West End Avenue and this is West End Court.”

McLaughlin is hopeful the city of Long Branch would buy the house and turn it into a music heritage destination.

“Buses of tourists stop there all the time,” McLaughlin said.

Bottom line: it’s a high priced bungalow near the ocean; which, in and of itself, may not be the best selling point either. Remember Sandy anyone?

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