Celebrity real estate roundup: Kurt Kobain, Peggy Fleming

Childhood home of Nirvana's late singer smells like teen spirit, looks like a wreck.
Zillow
Oct 9, 2013

 

By Laura Vecsey

Cobain Home: Smells Like Teen Spirit, Looks Like A Wreck

It’s being sold as a piece of rock history, which accounts for the whopping $500,000 list price of the home of grunge-rock icon Kurt Cobain – whose suicide death at age 27 put a dramatic coda on his legacy as an angry, depressed cultural innovator.

But really, who will shell out that kind of dough for Cobain’s childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash., where median home values are $88,200?

Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, listed the property in late September, thinking that the Nirvana front man’s role in rock history gives this Craftsman bungalow special cache, and value.

Cobain lived in the house at 1210 E 1st St in Aberdeen for two extended periods of his young life. His parents bought the 4-bedroom home when he was just a few months old and separated when he was a boy.

Signs of Cobain’s residency there are apparent: The band name “Led Zeppelin” is written on the wall in his bedroom, right next to a hole where Cobain allegedly punched his fist in a bit of teen spirit.

The home is being pushed as a possible museum or vacation rental, appealing to the many fans of Cobain and Nirvana. The home’s garage is where Cobain and Krist Novoselic practiced in the ’80s, forming the beginnings of Nirvana.

Ice Princess Peggy Fleming Selling Her Home of 35 Years

Peggy Fleming won a gold medal in figure skating at the 1968 Winter Olympics, and then went on to become the glamorous face of a sport that commanded some of the biggest TV audiences this side of the Super Bowl.

Now the skating star and her husband, retired dermatologist Greg Jenkins, are selling their Los Gatos, Calif., home at 16387 Aztec Ridge Dr for $4.375 million. The couple has owned the place for 35 years, and it includes a second parcel where the couple operated vineyards and built a successful vineyard.

Listing agent Carolyn Givens of Alain Pinel Realtors said the house has 360-degree views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and is a perfect place for entertaining. Measuring 3,200 square feet, the home has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. There’s also a pool, spa, sports court and numerous decks and patios, including a dining area beneath a grouping of oak trees.

Marky Mark Makes His Mark: Sells Beverly Hills Home

He might have started off in a boy band, and run around with the Funky Bunch, but Mark Wahlberg is a bona fide Hollywood player, producing and acting in big hit movies and, now TV shows. He’s lent his star status to “Entourage.”

Now Wahlberg has cleared another matter off his busy calendar: He’s finally gotten a sale on his Beverly Hills home. The 8,932-square-foot home at 9694 Oak Pass Rd, which sits on 1.73 acres, had been listed for sale back in 2008. After a series of price chops, the house has sold for $12.995 million.

Wahlberg bought the 1985-built home in 2001 for $4.95 million, then had it gussied up to meet the needs of his workout regimes and his four kids. Not a bad investment, since he was said to have beefed up at home for his role in the award-winning film “The Fighter.”

Stanley Tucci Lists Country Estate for $1.85M

Stanley Tucci, an actor who enriched movies like “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Hunger Games” and “Julie & Julia,” is ditching his bucolic and historic upstate New York retreat.

With parts of the house dating back to 1775, Tucci’s manor at 183 Ridgefield Ave in South Salem, about 40 minutes east of Saratoga Springs, is set on 6 rolling acres. It’s listed for $1.85 million.

Tucci has owned the place for eight years, dating back to 2005 when he purchased the place with his first wife, Kate, for $1.42 million. With Kate’s death from breast cancer, Tucci remarried, and appears ready to let go of the country manor.

The home is filled with restored barn-wood floors, original stone fireplaces and exposed beams. Vast lawns, a guesthouse and poolside patio line the property.

Bird Flying Florida Coop

Larry Bird, back in the saddle as president of the Indiana Pacers, doesn’t have time for the Sunshine State. Hence, the former Boston Celtics great is selling his custom home in the Gulf Coast enclave of Naples, Fla., for $4.8 million.

Bird and his wife first bought a home in Naples back in 1993, but sold that property in 1998 in favor of this Park Shore neighborhood property. The Birds then had the existing home at 308 Neapolitan Way, Naples, Fla., razed and, in its place, built this 6,000-square-foot residence.

Along with expansive views of Venetian Bay, Bird’s 4-bedroom, 6-bathroom home boasts a gourmet kitchen, state-of-the-art home theater with seating for 10, an infinity pool and 4-car garage. There’s also a tiki hut, which proves that despite Bird’s workmanlike demeanor, there’s at least a small chance he knows how to kick back and have a little fun.