JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) – A house in Florida where rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant grew up, is selling for $ 629,000.
The house in the working-class neighborhood of Jacksonville comes with eight lots, as well as a house with a quadruple complex and a manufactory house, property records show. There is also a historic marker installed in the courtyard in 2018, which reads: “Van Zant’s legacy, immortalized in this house, honors their amazing contribution to the world of rock music.”
Blue Horizon Property Solutions bought the house for $ 67,500 in 2015, real estate documents show.
The house is available for short-term vacation rentals starting at $ 80 per night, and has its own website vanzanthouse.com.
The western part of Jacksonville was called Shantytown when the Van Zant brothers grew up in the house, according to the Florida Times-Union.
Ronnie Van Zant founded Lynyrd Skynyrd with friends from the neighborhood in the 1960s, and the band became a Southern Rock superstar in the 1970s before he and several others died in a plane crash in 1977.
His brother Donnie Van Zant was the founder of .38 Special, another 70s rock band. Hearing problems forced him to retire in 2013, but the band is still touring.
He remains in northeast Florida along with his brother Johnny Van Zant, who has been Lynyrd Skynyrd’s frontman since 1987.
“This house was our life, this area was our neighborhood,” Johnny Van Zant told the newspaper in 2018. “We all learned to play drums in this house, we all learned to swing on a swing – that’s where we learned to sing. We didn’t have 700 channels like today. We had nothing but four channels. We weren’t super rich. “