Springsteen's 'Born to Run' house, left, and the nearby beach. Photo: Susan McLaughlin.
This modest rancher in Long Branch, NJ, is the site of one of the most important acts of creation on this planet or any other: the writing of the Bruce Springsteen album Born to Run.
The screen door slams
Marys dress waves
Like a vision she dances across the porch
As the radio plays
This 828-square-foot, two-bedroom home may be the inspiration for the famous screen door, and the immortalized porch. There’s a fenced yard and patio (one’s personal Jungleland, if you will), and it’s 120 feet from the beach. The building’s lot is zoned commercial-residential, so it would be perfect for a Springsteen mini museum or a cafe with memorabilia. Broker Susan McLaughlin’s listing is uncharacteristically soulful: “Of course, we would love to see the house maintained as an important piece of rock & roll history.”