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June 01, 2016

Bruce Springsteen selling 'Boss Acres' farmhouse where he wrote 'The River'

19th-century property hits market for $3.299 million

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Bruce Springsteen performs in concert with the E Street Band during “The River Tour 2016” at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Philadelphia.

The legendary Holmdel farmhouse where Bruce Springsteen wrote his famed 1980 double-album "The River" has been placed on the market for a price of $3.299 million.

The 2.25-acre property was listed on Trulia Wednesday without direct reference to Springsteen's ownership. As notes, however, it's widely documented that Springsteen lived there in the mid- to late 1970s, writing both "Darkness on the Edge of Town" and "The River" during that period.

The property is covered in both Peter Ames Carlin's biography "Bruce" and "The Ties That Bind," a documentary about the "The River," which remains Springsteen's only double-album. Trulia describes the property as follows:

Spectacular residential compound, previously owned by a well-known entertainer, only mins to the ocean and the NJ Garden State Pkwy and a short commute from NYC and Asbury Park/Ocean Grove. A 6,000 SF historic 19th C farmhouse is the central focal point of the property. The woodland setting includes an in ground swimming pool, large historic multi-room barn, 4-car heated garage with two apartments above, circular drive and wonderful forest like landscaping.

Alternately known as "Boss Acres" and "Thrill Hill," the property's two-story Colonial residence, built in 1900, includes six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, an attic and a fireplace. Springsteen rehearsed in a barn and paid about $700 rent before the surrounding area had been developed. In addition the home and barn, there's a 4-car heated garage with two upstairs apartments and a swimming pool.

The listing comes just a few weeks after Springsteen sold one of his Rumson homes to former Villanova basketball star Randy Foye, whose Oklahoma City Thunder were just eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

Springsteen has lived on a 368-acre farm in Colts Neck since 1987. He and the E Street Band recently played in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center in February and will return Sept. 7 and Sept. 9 for the River Tour at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets for these shows can be purchased here.