The 18-room lakeside house where Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, lived until their deaths in 2003 is on the market, for $2.9 million.
“Selling it is heartbreaking,” Johnny Cash’s brother, Tommy, said Wednesday. But none of the family wanted to live in the rambling house and selling was the only option, he said.
Son John Carter Cash, who has a rustic recording studio across the road and down from the house, said he did not want to be a caretaker. The family had already disposed of most of the belongings of the famous country music couple through an auction at Sotheby’s in New York in September that brought in $4 million.
“Some maintenance work will be needed on the place,” said Tommy Cash, “but it will be sold as is, which will include some beds and other furniture.”
Bought by Cash in 1968 while it was under construction, it was the only residence the couple called home and was an open house to a long line of celebrities, including former President Jimmy Carter and evangelist Billy Graham.
Kris Kristofferson moved in for a time while a struggling artist.
The house has seven bedrooms, five baths and an outdoor swimming pool.
“I haven’t visited the place since my brother died,” said Tommy Cash, “but there are a lot of good memories there. We hope the buyer will be someone who will respect the history of the place and love it as much as my brother did.”