You can visit the Los Angeles apartment Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love lived in when Cobain’s band Nirvana was at its peak—in fact, for the low price of $290 per night, you can sleep there.
The flat in the Fairfax/Melrose area was home to the First Couple of grunge rock in 1991 and ’92, and it’s available for rent through the AirBnB network from its current tenant, Brandon Kleinman. He says:
Yes, Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love lived in the home during the height of Nirvana’s musical influence 91-92 to be specific. At the time, Kurt was focused on song writing and his artwork, much of which was created in the apartment. He was particularly into painting during this time and even decorated the walls in the living room and bedroom. His favorite spot in the house: the bathtub. In it, he wrote the song “Heart-Shaped Box.”
Unfortunately, Cobain’s wall paintings are buried under a layer of interior latex.
Kleinman himself was unaware of the apartment’s history when he chose the digs. “The day I signed the lease, I was sitting with the landlord,” he told Vulture, “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.”
“What to watch for” apparently includes (but may not be limited to) visits from some sort of leaderless rock ‘n roll apostle. “It’s been funny,” he told Vulture. “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?'”
Tell you what didn’t used to happen there—tidying up and vacuuming. Cobain and Love were a bit messy, as revealed in photos published by the New York Daily News last year—the pictures were taken after the couple moved out, so some of the mess is standard Fuck it, we’re out of here debris. But compare these images with shots from the AirBnB listing:
Kleinman says he only rents the place four or five times a year, although interest may pick up due to the recent publicity and the impending release of the Cobain documentary Montage of Heck.