February 22, 2013 3:31pm PT by Michele Amabile Angermiller
For Sale: House Where Bruce Springsteen Wrote 'Born To Run'
Bruce Springsteen fans now have an opportunity to own a piece of rock history.
The two-bedroom cottage in Long Branch, N.J., where the Freehold native wrote the lyrics to his breakthrough album Born to Run is up for sale for a cool $349,000, according to the Asbury Park Press.
The listing might be a bit pricey for a Jersey Shore bungalow, but the ghost of its famous former resident has escalated its asking price.
“It went on sale Friday, and I’ve had about 40 calls and another 40 contacts, mainly through emails,” said real estate agent Susan McLaughlin of Keller Williams Realty.
The property has five owners, said McLaughlin. She added that if no one wants to buy the house outright, the owners would consider selling a one-third stake in the property for a price that has yet to be set.
Springsteen lived in the house in 1974 and ’75 and composed the album -- which includes the classics “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “She's the One” and “Jungleland” -- during that time period. According to local folklore, Bob Dylan was looking for the house in 2009 when he was detained by Long Branch police, 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. “He [mistakenly] went to West End Avenue, and this is West End Court.”
Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball tour will resume March 14 in Australia, with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello taking over for Steven Van Zandt, who is filming the second season of his Netflix drama Lilyhammer.