Sale of the Hollywood Heights home where Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love once lived is being finalized. The property, which has fallen into deep disrepair, was listed for $998,000, though the sale price hasn’t been publicized.
The home is a two-story, 2,458-square-foot, three bed, three bath Craftsman-style home built in 1921. “I’ve heard from a dozen people, but it’s unconfirmed, that the house was originally built for a famous Chinese American actress,” says Tatiana Tensen, an agent with Sotheby’s International Realty Los Feliz, who represented the seller. She adds that between the 1950s and ’80s, the home belonged to actor Philip Ahn.
Beyond its Cobain-Love connection, a main selling point of the home is that it is part of the legendary High Tower Elevator Association, and comes with a key to the elevator. The cluster of homes above the High Tower Elevator were featured prominently in the 1973 film The Long Goodbye. Additionally, the house is about 600 feet from the Hollywood Bowl—maybe not ideal for a quiet summer night, but “when the Beatles came to play the Bowl, this was the house to be at,” Tensen explains. “Apparently, there were 100 people on the roof listening to the show.”
In 1992, Cobain and Love rented the house where they each began writing landmark ’90s albums. Cobain wrote most of Nirvana’s final studio album, In Utero, in the upstairs closet. The process was documented in Patty Schemel’s documentary Hit So Hard. Meanwhile, Love began writing Hole’s second studio album, Live Through This. The couple also lived there when their daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, was born.
The home has since become a popular destination for Nirvana fans to visit and post about to YouTube. As Tensen notes, several of the people interested in the house were big fans of Nirvana, “including one guy who had a tattoo of Nirvana on his ankle.”
Sale of the home is set to close this week, but neither the final sale price nor buyer have been publicly disclosed. Ryan Hanke, of Figure8 Realty, represents the buyer.
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