Newlywed Bruce Springsteen partied at this Oregon home for sale
Bruce Springsteen, single at the height of his commercial success a year after the release of ‘Born in the USA,’ stirred his legions of fans and the people of Lake Oswego by marrying model and actress Julianne Phillips in a midnight ceremony in 1985, followed by a reception on a five-acre estate in Tualatin.
The marriage was over in four years. “I didn’t protect Juli,” Springsteen said in the 2012 biography, “Bruce.” Phillips is quoted in the book as saying, “The one and only thing I will say is that this period was a time of incredible growth and introspection for me. And I will always give that credit to Bruce.
Paparazzi pacing outside the Phillips’ family home and Julianne’s parents ordering pizza to feed them was 37 years ago.
And yet the Boss’s wedding is part of the marketing materials for the Tualatin estate where the reception was held and which is on sale today.
The apartment complex at 21797 SW Oak Hill Lane was quietly put up for sale on April 13 and received an accepted offer five days later.
The asking price: $2,488,888.
“This property has a lot to offer in terms of amenities,” said Steve Nassar of Premiere Property Group on May 5, shortly after the listing was released. “The icing on the cake will be the storied past of this property and the enthusiasm (of the new owners) to be able to share this incredible piece of history with their friends and family whenever they entertain.”
The boss’s first marriage
The Jersey Shore singer, songwriter and musician who rose to worldwide fame with his working-class anthems and whose 1988 concert in East Germany was credited with helping to overthrow the Berlin Wall, married Phillips seven months after being introduced by their agents.
News of the ceremony was reportedly delivered to Springsteen fans and followers by a local florist, sparking a Springsteen frenzy: Reporters waited for a sighting in the driveway of the Phillips family, and radio station KKRZ set up a ” Springsteen Rumor Hotline”.
The vows were exchanged May 13, two days earlier than scheduled, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego.
The Los Angeles Times reported that only 40 guests made their way to church in a trailer after quietly gathering at a local high school. Springsteen had three “top men” by his side: manager Jon Landau and bandmates Steven Van Zandt and the late Clarence Clemons.
“The kids wanted to get married without all the confusion,” Phillips’ mother Ann told UPI at the time. “Oh my God, now I’m going to be in trouble. I shouldn’t talk to you.
“They wanted a church wedding, with all the gifts,” her father, William, added in a TV interview. “She had a beautiful wedding dress and Bruce wore his tuxedo.”
The two separated in 1988 before their third wedding anniversary and divorced the following year.
By then, Springsteen and teammate Patti Scialfa were already a public object, captured by a photographer in tender moments during a stop in Rome on the “Tunnel of Love Express” tour.
“I didn’t really know how to be a husband,” Springsteen told Rolling Stone magazine in 1992. Phillips “was a great person, but I just didn’t know how to do it.”
Springsteen, one of the world’s best-selling musical artists, performed in Portland in 2016, 2012, 2008, 2005 and at the Moda Center Rose Garden in 2002 where he told the crowd, “You have a beautiful city here.
“I was married here once myself,” he continued, according to Brucebase’s concert archives. “Nice little spot…a long, long time ago.”
The Tualatin estate
The 5.5-acre resort at 21797 SW Oak Hill Lane overlooking Mount Hood includes a main house and a free-standing guest house, totaling 6,904 square feet of living space.
There’s also a landscaped backyard, “the location of Bruce Springsteen’s 1985 wedding reception”, according to the marketing materials, which “is ideal for entertaining with unique landscaping and lots of fruit trees and shrubs” .
A circular driveway leads to the single-level main house, which was custom built in 1984 and features a large octagonal-shaped living room with a wood-burning fireplace as well as a formal dining room. The kitchen has an old Lange Westwood wood burner and the wine cellar has a painted floor and wall.
The master bedroom with gas fireplace, two additional bedrooms, two other bathrooms and a powder room complete the main house.
The Self-Contained Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) includes a living room with a gas fireplace, full kitchen, bedroom and bathroom plus a deck.
“The buyer of this house would be someone looking to stretch out a bit,” Nassar said. “They’ll be about 10 minutes from Lake Oswego and about 20 minutes from downtown Portland, all while enjoying the feeling of being nestled in the countryside.”