If you’ve ever wanted to own a guitar-shaped home, you’re in luck, as one is currently for sale in Fayetteville, Georgia. According to the New York Post, Elvis Carden, the home’s designer and builder, claimed to have a vision from God in the early ’70s telling him to build a guitar-shaped structure. Just back home from the Vietnam War and 18 years old, Carden felt pulled to oblige, and he drew blueprints for the house on a cardboard box.
The home Carden designed was a 3,122-square-foot, two-story property with five bedrooms and four bedrooms. Though not overtly evident from eye level, once seen from above, the large structure is shaped just like an acoustic six string. A skylight even acts as the instrument’s sound hole. It took 7 months just to frame the unique building and another 16 years to build. Now, the home is looking for a new owner for $650,000—originally, the musical structure was listed for $789,000.
According to the Post, when Carden finished building the home, his wife refused to live in it. Instead of leaving the property empty, the designer chose to give the house to his mother, who lived in the home until she died. In exchange, she gave her son five acres of land and a farmhouse.
In the years since the home’s construction, it’s become a quirky local attraction and featured on Fox News and on websites like Roadside America. Not only is it a physical embodiment of Carden’s vision, but the home has also served an unexpected purpose: guiding pilots toward the airport. As Carden told the Post, pilots “were using it as a guide, because if you see the guitar house and follow the neck, it will take you right to the airport.”
Currently, the property is owned by an investor, who bought it in 2012 for $55,000. If sold for the listing price, the current owner would make over half a million dollars in profit. Ironically enough, Carden doesn’t believe the home is even worth close to the six-figure amount. Though it has new hardwood floors and windows, the home is still lacking many standard living features, most notably a kitchen.
According to the listing, it’ll require work from a new owner to fix it up. Besides being a quirky property, the home is also a muse. Carden, who is a country music singer and songwriter, released an album in 2002 appropriately titled Living in an Old Guitar.
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