Our ongoing series of interesting residences on the market has covered everything from Lauren Bacall’s co-op in The Dakota (bought for ~$60,000 in the 1960s, asking price $26,000,000) to Buffalo Bill’s scary funhouse in Silence of the Lambs (asking price $300,000, sold for $190,000, sans dungeon) to Julia Child’s shabby $1,100,000 fixer-upper in DC to Jesse Pinkman’s party house in Albuquerque (asking $1,600,000, meth lab not included).
Now on the market: The house in Port Arthur, Texas, where Janis Joplin grew up.
The asking price for the 1,300 square foot, five-bedroom, three-bathroom house is $500,000, which is insane. Other houses in the area go for ~$50,000, which is about the assessed value of this one.
The house’s interior has changed considerably since Janis left in 1962, and…well, it needs a lot of work:
Factor in the Port Arthur, Texas, location, and I’d be surprised if this goes for more than $75,000.
About five minutes into this famous 1970 interview with TV host Dick Cavett, Joplin talks about growing up in Port Arthur. It’s a beautiful moment.