Fans’ Dream For Springsteen Memorial Derailed — ‘Born To Run’ House Now For Sale

Shelley Hazen - Author
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Oct. 19 2015, Updated 6:09 a.m. ET

From 1974 to 1975, Bruce Springsteen wrote the tracks on his album Born to Run in a little house a block-and-a-half from the beach.

A few years ago, three hardcore Springsteen fans bought the cottage with grand dreams of turning it into a museum or visitor attraction, but life got in the way and shattered those plans. Now, the two-bedroom cottage is for sale for a whopping $299,000, the Associated Press reported.

That means the Born to Run house could belong to anyone with an extra three-hundred grand lying around, but one of its owners, Kim McDermott, told NJ Advance Media where she’d like it to end up.

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“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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McDermott, her brother Jerry Ferrara, and his friend Ryan DeCarolis bought the bungalow in 2009 at the urging of Ferrera’s father. The three are huge Springsteen fans, having attended 100 of his concerts and dropping some serious dough for memorabilia connected to the rocker over the years.

But owning his former crib — and the place he wrote Born to Run, no less — was an opportunity they realized they couldn’t pass up, Ferrara, 58, said.

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“We’d been to a couple of auctions where people paid a ridiculous amount of money for a (Springsteen) signed guitar. To me, the house is better than that stuff. It’s the place where he wrote ‘Born to Run.'”

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Springsteen has said before that he wrote every single song on Born to Run there, including the title track and songs “Thunder Road,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-out,” “Jungleland,” and “Backstreets.” A few years ago at Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, McDermott saw the small wooden table that sat in the kitchen; Bruce’s bills still sat atop it.

Ferrara had a chat with Kim and Ryan, and they decided to buy the cottage together to save it from demolition, spending $280,000 on the 828-square-foot house. The plan was for Ryan to live in it while the trio worked together to renovate it.

Unfortunately, once they bought it, life got in the way and derailed their dreams. They wanted to turn the cottage into an attraction for Bruce’s legion of fans, and over the years, many of them had arrived at the place he penned Born to Run. They’ve accommodated each fan, but as life got in the way, they started talking to various groups to help bring their plans to fruition.

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