Lots of celebrity real estate news this week, most of it strange.
Kurt Cobain's mother has put the late singer's childhood home on the market for $500,000. The house in Aberdeen, Washington has an assessed value of around $67,000. but perhaps rabid fans of the Nirvana front man will have another way of evaluating the property.
The house is not big (mysteriously, Fox news describes the house as a "1.5 story bungalow") and it's not in good shape, but it is the house where Cobain lived between the ages of two and nine, until his parents' divorce. He lived there again for a few years as a teenager.
Cobain's bedroom still has the hole he punched in the wall and the band names (Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin) he carefully displayed on those walls.
The house contains the original dining room table used by the family; Cobain's mattress is likewise still there.
Not to be disrespectful, but after you've walked around, touched stuff and told all your friends, "Hey! I'm living in Kurt Cobain's old house!" what is there to do in Aberdeen? The city's website notes that logging and fishing were historically the big industries of the area, but now, Aberdeen is betting on tourism and hopes to be designated the largest retail centre on the Washington Coast.
So: go fishing or go shopping. Oh, goody.
Over his lifetime, Cobain lived in some 20 houses.
According to The Guardian, a house he had lived in in Montesano was sold in 2002 for $42,500, but fetched five times as much in a resale after it had been established that Cobain had lived there from age 11 to 15.
In other habitation news, the Trump Soho's presidential penthouse is finally on the market for $50 million. For that price, according to the NY Post, you get a 10,000 square foot duplex on two floors of the 46 storey building, with floor to ceiling windows and 20 foot ceilings. This is raw space.
The building has a health club, valet parking, 24 hour doorman, nanny services, on-site taxidermy, his 'n' hers hyperbaric oxygen chambers, a doggie hotel, a shooting range, a four-star pawn shop, two bowling alleys and a mini-golf. Unfortunately, we had to make some of this up.
In case you think the presidential penthouse might be a tough sell, located in rat-friendly, over-subscribed, chaos-infused Soho as it is, the property has already been toured by actress Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren.
Finally, a real estate deal in Malibu has seen Chris Hemsworth (Thor) buy a house from fellow Aussie actor Paul Hogan (Crocodile Dundee) for $4.8 million. According to the Malibu Times, the bauble is on an acre of land overlooking Point Dume and has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. It also has a one bedroom, detached guest house. Hogan and his wife, Crocodile Dundee co-star Linda Kozlowski, bought the property a year ago for $3.8 million.
This suggests Hogan is as adept at wrangling real estate as he is reptiles.