The Gainesville, Florida, home where the rock 'n' roll legend grew up sold for $175,000.
Tom Petty's first wife, Jane Benyo Petty, has bought the late rock 'n' roll legend's longtime childhood home, property records show.
The 1,300-square-foot Gainesville home, located at 1715 NE Sixth Terrace, sold for $175,000 on July 31. Documents relating to the sale were previously hidden on the property appraiser's website.
The three-bedroom, two-bath home is where Petty spent most of his childhood. The nearby park was renamed Tom Petty Park after his death in 2017. He was 66.
Benyo Petty, aka Jane Petty, and Tom Petty met shortly after he graduated high school and lived a few blocks from each other as kids. They married in 1974 and divorced in 1996. The couple had two children together — Adria and Annakim.
"When I went to the house, it had changed and it didn't look the same, but I thought we should have it in the family," Benyo Petty said.
Petty was born and raised in Gainesville and formed the band Mudcrutch early in his musical career. He later performed with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the 1980s supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, playing alongside Bob Dylan, Beatles guitarist George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.
Though much of the home has been renovated over the years, the bathroom still features pink tile walls and floor from when the Petty family lived there. Fans and tourists occasionally stop by the home to take pictures.
Benyo Petty made a pit stop at the home last year during the Tom Petty Birthday Bash weekend celebration. It was the first time she had visited the city in nearly 15 years. She said she immediately fell back in love with the city and plans to move back soon.
"There's no place like Gainesville and I've been everywhere," she said.
Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, a cousin of Petty's, lived next door to the home during her childhood. As kids, they would play at the park, formerly called Northeast Park. She said she recently toured the house and was glad to know it would stay in the family. She said she was anxious about some of the idea floated for the future of the home when the property went up for sale.
"I'm very, very relieved that Jane decided to buy it," Darnell said. "Relieved and appreciative."
Prior to the sale, Kevin Beauchamp, a California-based real estate agent, planned to buy the house and was interested in partnering with a local nonprofit to turn the home into a small museum of sorts honoring Petty. Beauchamp said he walked away from the deal once family members expressed interest.
Benyo Petty said she has no immediate plans for the home but said it could eventually be given to Petty's grandchildren.
"I'm not going to make a museum out of it," she said.