Tom Petty Superfan Is Trying to Buy the Singer's Childhood Home and Turn It into a Museum
Published Jun 12, 2019A self-proclaimed "superfan" of Tom Petty has made an offer to buy the late singer's childhood home in Gainesville, FL, with the goal to open it as a public museum.
Kevin Beauchamp, a California real estate agent, told the Gainesville Sun that he's drawn up a contract and made an offer of $175,000 USD on the home.
It wasn't even publicly listed for sale, but current owner Brandy Clark mentioned on a Tom Petty Facebook fan page that she was considering selling — and was swarmed with emails and offers immediately.
Beauchamp also said he's already in touch with the president of the Gainesville Music History Foundation and another Petty fan, and they're working together to raise funds to purchase the house, get it designated as a historic landmark and hopefully open it to the public as a museum of sorts.
Clark purchased the house in 2015. It was originally built in 1952 and measures in at 1,200 square feet. According to Clark, it still features original pink bathroom tiles.
Petty passed away in 2017 at the age of 66.