Often in the luxury homes market, a well-known architect, a storied history, a famous past resident can help market that property to a larger audience. Sometimes, even a luxury home, can come with a history that could make the listing more challenging to sell.
That’s the quandary posed in a recent piece on Realtor.com about a listing that recently went on the market in Seattle—the former home of Nirvana frontman, the late Kurt Cobain, and his wife Courtney Love. In 1994, the same year the couple purchased the home, Cobain died by suicide in the greenhouse on the property. Love had the greenhouse removed before she sold the home for $2.895 million in 1997. This is the first time since the property has been on the market.
Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broker Aaron Freeman was sought for his comments on whether the home’s painful past would ultimately impact the sale negatively. Freeman, who does not represent the property, said he doesn’t think it will hurt the chances of the home selling or result in a price cut.
“It will just be an interesting piece of the property’s history,” Freeman told Realtor.com. “It being in Seattle and [having a connection to Cobain], who’s an icon of the grunge era, will help it sell.”
The home, which is listed with an undisclosed address, does not include interior photos but does showcase its well-manicured grounds and Lake Washington views.