||RONNIE JAMES DIO'S CHILDHOOD HOME UP FOR SALE ON EBAY
13th August 2012
The house that Ronnie James Dio grew up in is up for sale on eBay with a starting bid price of $90,000.
The house, located in Cortland, N.Y. — about a two-hour drive from Rochester — holds three bedrooms and one bathroom in its 1,000-square foot floor plan, but the real value is the knowledge that you're living in a local landmark which is a major part of Heavy Metal history.
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The seller wrote on eBay: "This is the house [Ronnie] grew up in, wrote songs in, had parties in, and played in!
"We bought the house from Ronnie about 3.5 years ago and have enjoyed living there but it is too small for our growing family. I am listing it on eBay in the hopes that a TRUE Dio fan can get this house and enjoy owning a piece or Heavy Metal history.
"The house has a detached garage (where Dio used to play with his friends and band mates). A fenced-in backyard great for BBQs and a garden behind the garage (where Ronnie told me himself he buried a trunk that we never got around to digging up). I have found an old mic of his and what looks like some spelling test that were pushed into a knot hole in the floor.
"I have heard many stories from people all over town about going over and listening to Ronnie playing in the garage or going over later in life and partying in the house. If these walls could talk!
"We have had people come visit the house getting their picture taken out front or by the street sign of Dio Way.
"The roof on the house and the garage need work. But we have replaced the heating system and the hot water heater last year. We also added 10 more inches of insulation in the attic."
The auction ends on August 31.
Click here to see the auction on eBay.