George Jones Turns Down Offer On Tennessee Estate

Nancy Jones, George Jones and Travis Tritt at Jones's 80th birthday party

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Six-hundred-and-sixty-thousand dollars is not enough. At least, it comes up way short when you’re talking about an offer on the home of country music legend George Jones.

Owned by Jones and his wife Nancy, Country Gold Estate in Franklin, Tenn. (just south of Nashville) has been for sale for a while now. And from the looks of things, buyers are not yet ready or willing to plunk down the kind of cash required to own a piece of history–the elaborate former home of one of the finest vocalists in popular American music.

The 78-acre estate is being sold in parcels, as described in this promotional video by J.P. King, the auction company handling the sale.

This past Saturday the property was put up for auction, and the Nashville Tennessean reports that the high bid was $660,000 for 43 acres of the property. Jones, who had right of refusal, declined the offer.

And no one, according to the Tennesseean, met the opening bid of $1.5 million for the house — a four-bedroom, five-bathroom monstrosity that, according to the listing by J.P. King, comes complete with saltwater pool, outdoor kitchen, and a “fully equipped beauty salon” (George told HGTV he needs to get his hair “fixed” twice a week, as it’s “too flat”).

And hey, it’s also “pet friendly.”

The auction company, though, is still hopeful, telling the Tennessean that they’ve had “70 inquiries from 18 states” as well as some “celebrity interest.”

So the future of Country Gold Estate is still wide open.

Jones, who turned 80 last year, recently suffered an upper respiratory infection that forced him to cancel dates. He is currently scheduled to return to the road this month.

- Kurt Wolff, CBS Local