Lynyard Skynyrd Brothers Lists childhood home in Florida

A home with serious Southern rock roots has hit the real estate market in Jacksonville, Florida for $629,000.

The nine-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home is the childhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd founder Ronnie Van Zant, his brother Johnny, and .38 Special founder Donnie.

Ronnie was killed in a plane crash in 1977 and Johnny eventually became the band’s frontman in 1987 after reforming Lynyrd Skynyrd.

While on the market, the 5,192 square foot house is a short term vacation rental and has its own website.

“Inside this main house you’ll find some cool memorabilia, a vintage Brunswick pool table from 1938 and a retro 70s vibe to remind us all of how things used to be, with a hint of nostalgia,” says the website.

According to the website, the residence was built by Lacy Van Zant, known as “the father of southern rock” who died in 2004.

“Much of the structure was built by Lacy Van Zant himself with family members and local friends and neighbors,” the website says. “It’s being restored to look like it did in the 1960s and 1970s (much like Graceland) with a few modern touches.

“If your expectation is for the perfect 21st century modern home, you may be disappointed. If you can ignore a few quirks and flaws, you’ll really appreciate the good vibes of this historic property.”

Listing agent Todd Smith of Blue Horizon Real Estate told McClatchy News he hopes to find a buyer willing to continue operating it as is to preserve his legacy.

Ronnie, along with fellow Lynyrd Skynyrd members Steve Gaines and his sister Cassie Gaines, were killed when the plane they had chartered ran out of fuel and crashed near Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This story was originally published May 31, 2022 6:06 p.m.

TJ Macías is a live national sports reporter for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex-based McClatchy. Previously, TJ covered Pace for the Dallas Mavericks and Texas Rangers for numerous outlets, including 24/7 Sports and Mavs Maven (Sports Illustrated). Twitter: @TayloredSiren

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