Bruce Springsteen Fans Buy His 1920 House
By Margaret Foster | Online Only | Dec. 23, 2009
Three New Jersey residents have chipped in to buy the tiny bungalow where Bruce Springsteen composed "Born to Run" and "Thunder Road" in the 1970s.
Kim McDermott, her brother, Gerard Ferrara, and family friend Ryan DeCarolis bought the house for $280,000 on Dec. 15. There was no immediate threat to the 828-square-foot house in Long Branch, N.J., but the three self-professed "Bruce groupies" feared that another buyer could redevelop the lot, which is zoned for both residential and commercial use.
"It's one of the last buildings in the area that has not been renovated. The fear [of demolition] was there in our minds," McDermott says. "Whoever the other [potential buyers] were, I do not think they were all Bruce fans with interest in preserving the house."
The two-bedroom bungalow dates to 1920, according to Monmouth County tax records. Springsteen lived there as a tenant in 1975, the year he gained widespread attention from the national media.
McDermott, her brother, and DeCarolis have a lot of work to do on their new house before DeCarolis moves in. "It's in very bad shape, truth be told. We do have plans of restoring it rather than renovating it. We want to restore it to something with an older Jersey beach feel, without living in a house from the 70s with a shag carpet."
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