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Charles Bukowski's Famous Childhood Home in Mid-City LA is For Sale

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Bukowski via Getty Images
Bukowski via Getty Images

Put on your pilgrimage beanies, disaffected young white boys—a famous childhood home of your hero Charles Bukowski is up for sale (will it be long for this world?). Bukowski's family moved to 2122 S. Longwood Ave., in Mid-City, in 1931, when Bukowski was 11 and the house was about six years old; they were living here while the budding degenerate attended Mount Vernon Junior High, Dorsey High, and Los Angeles High, and while his abusive father pretended to go to a job he'd lost, according to Bukowski.net. They were also here when Bukowski wrote his first short story (in 1935) and was published for the first time (in 1940). And it's the house where Bukowski's father flew into a rage over his stories and threw all his things (typewriter, clothes, writing) out on the lawn. Bukowski left in 1942, but returned to the house through 1947. He lightly fictionalized some of his life here in Ham on Rye.

And now the house is up for sale for the first time since 1996, asking $569,900. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a "[g]ood size kitchen with tile counter and [tile] floors," a dining room, an da two-car garage. According to the listing, "Home have just been painted inside" and "PRICE HAVE BEEN REDUCED FOR FAST SALE."


· 2122 South Longwood Ave [Redfin]