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You can own Johnny Cash's former lakefront Tennessee home for a cool $3.9 million

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By NICOLE JOHNSON, WZTV

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (CIRCA via WZTV) — Johnny Cash's former lakefront property in Tennessee is up for sale again, this time for $3.9 million.

While the house burned down years ago, the property is still full of history.

Not a day goes by without dozens of curious people taking the curve on Caudill Drive.

Joy Valdez, who lives across the street, is more than happy to share the history with those curious people taking pictures of the estate.

"Greyhound buses, touring buses who come by," said Valdez. "Just the people who have come through this driveway is unbelievable."

"This is music history. This is Johnny Cash, and they put his home last year on a national registry where he was born in Arkansas, so I was always praying and hoping they will do the same for this."
Joy Valdez, neighbor

It's why she bought her house in the first place.

"I drove down this street probably a little over 20 years ago, and Johnny Cash was living in the house, and I just went, 'Wow.' What a great street, the music history on the street, I go, 'Wow. How awesome would that be to one day even possibly live here?'" said Valdez.

Valdez and her husband did just that; they now can see the estate from their window. But, maybe not any longer if Cash's property gets sold to the wrong person. Valdez says maybe they would consider moving if the history is torn down.

"This is music history. This is Johnny Cash, and they put his home last year on a national registry where he was born in Arkansas, so I was always praying and hoping they will do the same for this," said Valdez.

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The original house burned down, but there's a fully livable luxury apartment that used to be a wardrobe dressing room for Cash's wife, June Carter Cash.

The listing agent, Stan Peacock with Crye-Leike, says the current owner had a dream of restoring the property, but developed cancer.

"He had a dream of his own, but it's time to pass the torch,” said Peacock.

Peacock says it would be a perfect property for someone to restore. Cash’s pool, dock and other structures still stand. You could build a dream house on the property, or live in the luxury apartment.

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** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--FILE **This is a 1977 file photo of musician Johnny Cash. (AP Photo/FILE)

"The original structure is still there to give it the history and the charm, but when you step inside a beautiful hotel somewhere. It just has that feel of it, of luxury,” said Peacock.

Meanwhile, Valdez is hoping whoever gets the property next will appreciate the history the way her family does.

"My husband and I sit on our porch at night, play Johnny Cash radio,” said Valdez.

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