Whooowhee! It's being offered for $7500 cash money if someone wants to live my dream and own Roy's car. I'm thinking that a person could fit a lot of estate sale loot in that massive back seat and trunk! If you're interested, click on through here to chat with the Seller.
I've also been driving past Roy's old house a lot lately. It's a real stunner with a huge front yard and a back yard that skims along with river views.
A lot of it has been updated on the interior but here are my favorite rooms - the wood ones of course!
This home was built in 1935 and Roy's radio show was done in the basement game room. Roy lived here between 1945 and 1950. Just think of all of the amazing stars who passed through the home's doors! It's said that Roy's home is one of the few on the long, winding street who had a telephone and that he used his fox hunting horn to call his neighbors to the phone when they got calls!
This area of town was where the very rich folks would go for their Summer vacations back in the day when the house was built. There are some amazing houses back in this Brush Hill area of Inglewood, many built with an incredible usage of river rock. The current owner got this stunner at foreclosure and after I learned what he paid, let me tell you....I wish that the Mister and I had placed a bid. This incredible home went for cheap. Let's just say, that I either could have bought this house... or about ten of Roy's old Cadillacs. It's still priced nicely for what and where it is but we are now out of it's target market with it's new and more realistic listing price of $399,900.
All of the above photos are from Realtor Karen Hoff with Historic and Distinctive Homes. Give her a holler if you'd like to purchase this beauty (and subsequently have me begging to come in about once a week. I promise that I'll bring cake.) If you do buy the house, I insist that you also buy the car too and double-down on the fabulousness. Just sayin'.....
I found this newspaper article from The Florence Times Tri-Cities Daily Newspaper from 1982 that talked about how Roy built his final home inside of the Opryland theme park which was interestingly enough just on the other side of the river from the home shown above.
I love that he decided to just build his final home inside of the park and didn't mind at all if tourists and fans just walked on up to his house and said hello. You wouldn't find many stars (or non-stars) that would be down for that kind of action! It just goes to show that he really loved the Grand Ole Opry and the fans. Here is that home which became an office after his death in 1992.
Note: Thanks so much to Garry Thompson for letting me use the above photo. You can visit his Flickr stream here.
The Opryland theme park has now been torn down and the property turned into a shopping mall much to the chagrin of many local residents. I'll never forget hearing how my Aunt and Uncle drove all the way from South Carolina to go to Opryland only to arrive and sadly find that it was no longer open - a real Walley World with the Griswolds kind of moment, if you ask me!
Until next time,
x's and o's,