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The Tennessee house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years has sold to singer-songwriter Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.
Mr. Gibb and his wife, Linda, paid $2.3 million for the property, according to Robert Sullivan, an attorney who sold the site on behalf of the estate. The 4.6-acre property -- in the town of Hendersonville, about 15 miles north of Nashville -- includes a pool as well as the seven-bedroom, lakefront home with five full bathrooms. The property first went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9 million, later cut to $2.5 million. Tommy Cash, the singer's surviving brother and a real-estate agent with Crye-Leike Realtors in Hendersonville, had the listing and says the sale included several antique furnishings, such as the couple's bed.
In 1968, Mr. Cash, who was moving back to Nashville from Los Angeles, came across the home while it was under construction and asked the builder if he could buy it, according to Tommy Cash. The builder outfitted it according to the singer's wishes. Johnny Cash wrote many of his songs at the house, the only property he and his wife, June Carter Cash, ever shared. The property served as the Cashes' main home up until the death of Mrs. Cash from heart-surgery complications in 2003. Her husband died from complications from diabetes resulting in respiratory failure four months later. (The makers of the 2005 Cash biopic "Walk the Line" substituted another house, which played an important part in the movie.)
The singer converted a log cabin next door into a recording studio; his son, John Carter Cash, still owns that. Roy Orbison was a longtime neighbor.
The Gibbs bought the property in the name of a trust, public records show. A founding member of the Bee Gees, the 59-year-old Mr. Gibb recorded hit songs like "Stayin' Alive" and recently released an album with Barbra Streisand. The couple plan to restore the Cash house to its original condition and use it as a summer home, according to Mr. Gibb's publicist. The Gibbs' main residence is in Florida.
Golf Champion's Lair
Golfer Mark O'Meara, who has won 16 tournaments since turning professional in 1980, and his wife, Alicia, have listed their Windermere, Fla., home for $8.2 million.
The house sits on less than an acre in Isleworth, a 600-acre community about 12 miles west of Orlando where Tiger Woods and Shaquille O'Neal also own homes. The 9,976-square-foot, three-level residence has seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, an elevator, and a pool with heated spa. A detached, one-bedroom guest house, underground 10-car garage, and access to a dock and boat slips are also included with the property. The couple built the Mediterranean-style residence in 1995, according to their broker, Isleworth Realty.
Mr. O'Meara's wins include the Masters and British Open championships in 1998. In the second round of the PGA 2001 championship, he shot seven under par and joined a small group of pros who have shot 63, the best round ever in a major.
Three months after going on the market, the owner of two New York townhouses used by fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg as her studio, flagship boutique and home, has switched listing agents and cut the asking price. The properties, in New York's West Village, now sell for $22.5 million, down from $25.25 million when they hit the market in March.
Coalco, an investment and development company owned by Russian metal tycoon Vassily Anisimov, bought the two 19th-century buildings from Ms. von Furstenberg in 2004 for $21 million, records show. The company scrapped a planned luxury condominium for the site after heavy resistance from a preservation group. Ms. von Furstenberg bought the properties in 1997 and 1998 and plans to open a new studio space on West 14th Street later this summer, her office says.
Together, the two properties are 110 feet wide and connected internally. The larger one, 66 feet wide with 18,000 square feet in three floors, formerly served as a stable and retains original plank floors and brick walls. Peter McCuen, of Peter McCuen & Associates, has the listing.
First Published July 1, 2006 12:00 am