Legend's Boyhood Home Moved Closer to His End

Pete Sikov is a low-key kind of real-estate investor. He's a baby-boomer with a ponytail who grew up listening to rock music, once worked as a psychotherapist and only started buying property because he needed a long-term way to support his family. He is also a board member of the nonprofit James Marshall Hendrix Foundation -- that's Jimi Hendrix, to the uninitiated.

Over the past four years, Sikov has seen his dual interests in Hendrix and real estate converge. He has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to keep a tiny two-bedroom house in Seattle where Hendrix lived from ages 10 to 13 from being torn down. But until this month, the house has sat on city land with the threat of destruction hanging over it.

That was before Sikov invested $1.84 million in a mobile-home park outside Seattle with enough space for him to park the house there on wood blocks. The Hendrix childhood home was relocated on Sept. 11. The house will be convenient to those who search out Hendrix's grave in Renton -- the cemetery where he is buried is right across the street.

Would Sikov do the same for any other Seattle rock legend? What if someone asked him to save the home of, say, Kurt Cobain?

Sikov laughed at the question.

"I'd say, call Krist Novoselic," he said. "He was the bass player in Nirvana. I think that one house is enough."

-- Sonya Geis

Pete Sikov transported Jimi Hendrix's home to a site near his grave in Renton, Wash.