L.A. Airbnb Features Bath Kurt Cobain Used to Write 'Heart-Shaped Box'
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Tucked away just off Fairfax, moments from Animal and Canter’s Deli, is an apartment that was once rented by Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. More than two decades later, that same spot is an Airbnb listing, and you can stay there.
Scordelis mentions the documentary “Montage of Heck,” which airs on May 4, when delving into an apartment that features quite the musical past.
In fact, it’s that film that may just spark new interest in a small abode that carries a wealth of history:
The report introduces us to 31-year-old Brandon Kleinman who has rented the apartment out via Airbnb with limited success for some time now. However, it wasn’t until Kleinman locked up his lease that he learned of its close ties to Nirvana lore.
Here is how the tenant learned of Cobain’s residency, via Vulture: “The day I signed the lease, I was sitting with the landlord and as soon as I signed on the dotted line, he said, ‘Okay, now I can tell you the real story behind this apartment.’ He kept it a secret because he wasn’t getting great tenants when he advertised the apartment’s backstory. He went on to tell me about what it was like having Kurt Cobain live here, and what to watch for. It’s been funny. Once every 60 days or so, I’ll get a weird, older gentleman, a rocker-type dude, sort of a burnout, knocking on the door, saying, ‘Do you know what used to happen here?’”
Essentially, the apartment saw a rise in Cobain’s artistic endeavors, just a couple years shy of his death in 1994. Scordelis points to a 2004 LA Times article that delves far deeper into the comings and goings for Cobain and Love during that time, including various trips to Canter’s.
In fact, The Times articles does point to the impetus behind Cobain’s eventual move from Spaulding: “Pressure had built for Nirvana to tour, and while the couple were away one weekend, the apartment flooded. They were forced to move, and most of Cobain's art that wasn't destroyed went into storage, where it has remained. Though he continued threatening to quit the music business, art again became secondary to leading Nirvana.”
An NY Daily News report, if you are so inclined, shows images of the apartment purportedly after the two had left, highlighting quite the mess left behind.
However, that mess is gone and all that is left are stories and a rather famed bathtub.
Kleinman continues to Vulture with an anecdote on trying to salvage some flooring: “I tried to get to the original hardwood floor in the hallway, but I can’t. It’s damaged because the bathtub leaked while Kurt and Courtney lived here. That’s why they moved out. I’ve been told that he wrote ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ in that bathtub.”
At this point some of you are curious as to the where and how. SPIN asserts back in 2014 that you can find the place at 448 North Spaulding Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90036.
However, you will probably want to dig a bit further with images and details of Kleinman’s official Airbnb listing.
Besides staying in a historical rock apartment, you get Wi-Fi and the comfort in knowing that you are walking distance to the famed Grove and Farmer’s Market.
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