Now you can make like James Taylor and go to his idyll of Carolina—not only in your mind but also in real life—because the Chapel Hill, North Carolina childhood home of five-time Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and all around (folk) badass is going up for auction in just one week’s time.
The 4,000-square-foot midcentury modern home was designed by George Matsumoto and finished by John Latimer in 1952 on a commission by Taylor’s parents Dr. Isaac and Trudy Taylor shortly after Dr. Taylor joined the faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Medicine. In 1960, another architect Arthur Cogswell oversaw the renovation of the kitchen on the mezzanine level. Little James, the second of five children, moved into the home on Morgan Creek Road, which figures in many of his songs including "Copperline," when he was just three years old. He lived there through high school.
When the Taylors divorced, they sold the house to James and Patricia Johnston in 1974, and now their heirs are putting it up for sale. Originally built on the 23-acre wooded property as a four-bedroom, its current iteration boasts seven bedrooms and five bathrooms.
Other features of the bright two-story house include a generous wrap around patio on the first floor and deck on the second, a greenhouse, two-car garage, a playhouse, and a two-bedroom guesthouse, where, apparently, James and his siblings played music.
The home is open to the public for tours through North Carolina Modernist Homes before the auction on Friday, June 29, when sealed bids are due by 3:00 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to visit—or own—the home where one of the best-selling artists of all time got his start.
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