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Bruce Springsteen's 'Born to Run' house up for sale for just $299,000 (€264,000)

Mansions of glory: New Jersey home where Springsteen wrote Born to Run up for sale

Barney HenmdersonSpringsteen

Published 22/10/2015 | 06:51

A March 2009 photos shows a house at 7 1/2 West End Court, in Long Branch, N.J., where Springsteen has said that he wrote every song on the
A March 2009 photos shows a house at 7 1/2 West End Court, in Long Branch, N.J., where Springsteen has said that he wrote every song on the "Born to Run" album

Bruce Springsteen reportedly put his Beverly Hills mansion up for sale for around $60 million (€52m) in June.

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For fans with a more modest budget, the Jersey Shore home where The Boss wrote the album Born to Run is now also on the market – for $299,000.

The 828-square-foot two-bedroom house at 7 ½ West End Court in Long Branch is owned by three fans of the singer.

Jerry Ferrara, his sister, Kim McDermott, and a friend, Ryan DeCarolis bought it in 2009 with the idea of turning the home into a tribute to the New Jersey rock legend, but those plans were derailed.

Springsteen has said that he wrote every song on the Born to Run album – including the title track and other classic songs such as Thunder Road and Jungleland – while living in the home from 1974 to 1975.

The house does occasionally draw visitors, and the current owners say they try to accommodate the fans.

“We’d been to a couple of auctions where people paid a ridiculous amount of money for a (Springsteen) signed guitar,” Ferrara told NJ.com,

“To me, the house is better than that stuff. It’s the place where he wrote Born to Run.”

But, after paying $280,000 for it six years ago, he admitted that “we probably paid more than it was worth when we bought it”.

McDermott said: “I hope it doesn’t just become some house on West End Court. We would hope someone would keep ‘the Bruce factor’ in it.

“In a dream world, Bruce would show up and say ‘I think I should own this still.’ But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

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