I hate swiping material from the Zillow blog – since I like to do my own original stuff – but when I recently came across an article about the childhood home of musician/civil rights activist Nina Simone, I just had to do a post for House Crazy.
I have been a huge fan of Nina Simone’s for eons. I collected some of her vinyl albums during my university days (probably still have them somewhere out in the storage dump) and I chose my daughter’s name as a variation of Nina Simone’s name: Tova Simone. That’s my little tribute to a sensational, strong, intelligent and fierce woman who worked passionately to move mountains in her time.
Nina Simone came from humble beginnings and rose to legendary status as a singer, songwriter and social activist. Now her childhood home in North Carolina is for sale.
The 600 square foot wood-frame house is where Nina Simone (given name: Eunice Kathleen Waymon) was born in 1933 and lived as a child until she was about 12 years old.
Her parents raised 6 children in this tiny home near Tryon, North Carolina.
The house, built in the year 1930, is currently listed for sale at $65,000. Apparently it has undergone several drastic price reductions but still remains on the market.
The current owner has put over $100,000 into the home in order to return it to how it looked in the 1930’s and ’40’s when a young Nina Simone lived there.
According to the listing agent [as quoted in the Zillow blog article] previous owners were going to tear down the shack in order to build a new Habitat for Humanity house. But the current owner mobilized the community to save, restore and preserve the home for its historic merits.
Unfortunately, like many of us old house owners, the current owner ran out of money so he had to put Simone’s childhood home up for sale. (ugh, do I know that dreaded feeling!)
Returned to its original state, this home is sans plumbing and modern electrical and I wouldn’t be surprised to find the remains of an old outhouse nearby.
It is a wonderful old house preservation story… but it still needs a happy ending!
I truly hope some history buff or music lover snatches up this house and turns it into a public museum as a tribute to the legendary Nina Simone…
To view the original article from Zillow, see here.