Photo Gallery | Take me down to Junior's Farm...and maybe you'll buy it!
YADKIN COUNTY - It sits on a Yadkin County hillside, looking more impressive than Southfork in Dallas.
"We've been happy with our house because everything that we wanted was there," Junior Johnson told WBTV.
After retiring from a Hall of Fame career in racing as a driver and team owner, Junior Johnson envisioned this house with his new wife Lisa 20 years ago.
"It took me two years to do it, but everything in that house is triple what it's supposed to be," Johnson added.
Johnson and his own workers built the house, and now it's going up for auction, valued in the $6 million ballpark, and that's pretty exciting for the head of the auction company.
"You have fabulous craftsmanship in the carvings, in the frescoes, great woodwork throughout the home," said Tom McInnis of Iron Horse Auction Company. "You've got American black walnut here in this room (the study) that was cut from the property here, wormy chestnut in the kitchen that came from the NC mountains, it's just a fabulous property. He (Johnson) picked this hill to build on and the scenery is absolutely phenomenal."
There is a movie theater downstairs, crystal and marble, and a magnificent pool. Junior had horses and cattle, but the property may be divided at auction. There's the race shop and the building where Johnson hosted his famous breakfasts. He is keeping the his red tractor and some memorabilia from his racing days, but everything else is going.
And aside from all the luxury, we found something very personal in the closet...Mother's Day drawings made by Junior and Lisa's daughter...just a reminder that this was the home to a family for twenty years, and like anyone else, that makes makes it a special place for the owner.
"It's a self made castle for me, I don't know about somebody else," Johnson added. "It's hard to get rid of it."
Junior told WBTV that along with the huge bathroom, the thing he misses most about the home is the kitchen. He says he used to really enjoy cooking and coming up with things no one could cook.
Johnson and his family are now living in Charlotte at Quail Hollow. Johnson's reason for downsizing is much the same as most parents soon to be facing an empty nest; his son Robert is starting at Duke this year, and his daughter is going into her junior year in high school in Charlotte.
The auction for the home and property is three weeks from today, Tuesday, August 7 at 11 am. It's on Glen Oaks Drive in the Hamptonville community in Yadkin County, just one mile from I-77.
To see many more photos of the house and property, click this link to the auction company web site: http://www.ironhorseauction.com/index.php?subp=1&sct=109&pg=ap&pid=28398&ap_sub=cat