Singer-songwriter James Taylor’s childhood home in Chapel Hill is set to be auctioned and bids are being accepted until June 29.
In 1952, Taylor’s parents, Trudy and Isaac, initially hired award-winning architect George Matsumoto to design their Chapel Hill home on about 23 acres at 618 Morgan Creek Road. The Taylors ended up parting ways with Matsumoto and hiring Durham architect John Latimer to finish the job. The house was sold to Pat and Jim Johnston in 1972, and their heirs are putting the property up for auction. Orange County property records value the home and property at $1.5 million.
AuctionFirst Inc. is managing the sale. Bids are being accepted until 3 p.m. June 29. The top three bidders will be invited to participate in a second round.
Sarah Sonke, president of AuctionFirst, which specializes in modernist and unique architectural homes, said in a press release: “This home still tells much of the singer’s story, right down to the two-bedroom guest house where James used to hang out with his four siblings and listen to music. His initials are still carved into the deck.”