The humble home in New Jersey where American music icon Bruce Springsteen grew up has been sold to a lucky buyer for $255,000.
Bruce Springsteen Sells Childhood Home
The property in Freehold was where The Boss lived from when he was five years old up to the time he started high school. It offered four bedrooms and was reportedly built in 1905.
The home went on sale last November and was sold to an unnamed buyer in May.
Springsteen's connection to the home in Freehold did not boost the price tag of the property. According to realtor.com, the home was sold for $255,000 or $1,000 more expensive than similar properties in the neighborhood.
It was not revealed whether the buyer had any idea that the home was quite special to one of the biggest American musicians in history. However, longtime fans of The Boss will probably recognize the house in Freehold.
The same property was featured on Born To Run, his third studio album released in 1975. The album's lyric sheet featured Springsteen leaning against a tree with the house behind him.
Springsteen also wrote about the home in his autobiography. As per Patch, the singer-songwriter did not have fond memories of the house.
"No hot water, four tiny rooms, four blocks away from my grandparents," he wrote.
In the same book, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wrote that it was in the same house where he saw Elvis Presley's iconic performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1956. He was seven years old at the time, added Real Estate Boston.
A Child Of Freehold
Freehold, on the other hand, will always have a special place in the 68-year-old's heart. Even after he left home and traveled across the country to pursue his musical career, Springsteen always returns to his hometown.
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter spoke about Freehold every night on Springsteen on Broadway. The borough played a significant role in the onstage production.
His song, "My Hometown," although it does not specifically name Freehold, contains imageries from the borough in New Jersey.
"I would come back and visit these streets many, many times, rolling through them on sunny fall afternoons, on winter nights and in the deserted after-hours of summer evenings, out for a drive in my car," he wrote on Born to Run. "This town, my town, would never leave me, and I could never completely leave it, but I would never live in Freehold again."