Portland woman vying for museum in Kurt Cobain’s Aberdeen house

This photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, shows the living room of the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, in Aberdeen, Wash. Cobain's mother is putting the tired, 1.5-story Aberdeen bungalow on the market this week, the same month as the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album. The home, last assessed at less than $67,000, is being listed for $500,000, but the family would also be happy entering into a partnership with anyone who wants to turn it into a museum. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
This photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, shows the living room of the childhood home of Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of Nirvana, in Aberdeen, Wash. Cobain's mother is putting the tired, 1.5-story Aberdeen bungalow on the market this week, the same month as the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album. The home, last assessed at less than $67,000, is being listed for $500,000, but the family would also be happy entering into a partnership with anyone who wants to turn it into a museum. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Saturday marks a historic milestone in rock and roll history — twenty years ago, Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain took his life.

But, a Portland woman is turning to crowdfunding in an attempt to preserve his legacy, by buying his Aberdeen, Wash. home and turning it into a museum.

This undated photo provided by Kim Cobain shows a young Kurt Cobain in his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)
This undated photo provided by Kim Cobain shows a young Kurt Cobain in his childhood home in Aberdeen, Wash. (AP Photo/Courtesy Kim Cobain)

A fundraising campaign on the site gofundme.com led by journalist Jaime Dunkle had raised $1,405 of a $700,000 goal Friday.

“We’re making sure this house is memorialized by us fans so it doesn’t end up in the clutches of capitalist greed,” the campaign reads.

“This museum will reflect the anti-commercialism spirit of Nirvana.”

Dunkle said she would like as many as possible of the items still in the house to remain.

“At the center or any nonprofit or would-be nonprofit is a dreamer with the unique ability to convince others to do things. That’s Jaime to a T,” wrote donor Amanda Sledz.

Inflated asking price 

Some commenters on the campaign’s page were skeptical of the asking price for the house, suggesting the going rate of $500,000 for the abandoned bungalow at 1210 E 1st St in Aberdeen is inflated because of Cobain’s fame.

Real estate firm Zillow lists the value at $88,200.

“What $700K actually looks like is a museum, a youth center, parking, taxes, a lawyer who can negotiate the sale, acquisition of nonprofit status for tax exemption (and the lawyer required for that), and renovation so an indoor rainstorm doesn’t become a reality,” wrote Sledz.

Nearby houses ranged from $42,000 for a five bedroom, one bathroom 1,276 square-foot home, to $149,000 for a three bedroom, one bathroom home, 1,644 square-foot home, according to the real estate database Red Fin.

Aberdeen house prices took a steep decline in 2011 and have not recovered.

 

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