Tom Petty’s former wife, Jane Benyo Petty, has purchased the house where the late rock star spent most of his childhood. The 1,300-square-foot house, located on Sixth Terrace, sold for $175,000 in July 2023.
Petty lived in the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home until he was 12 years old. The nearby park was even renamed Tom Petty Park in his honor after his death in 2017. Jane Benyo Petty and Tom Petty met in their teens and married in 1974.
They had two children together before their divorce in 1996.
“I went to the house and it had changed, but I still felt it belonged in the family,” said Benyo Petty.
While much of the house has been updated, some original features remain, including the pink bathroom tiles from Petty’s childhood.
Fans and tourists often visit the house to take pictures.
Benyo Petty returned to Gainesville last year for Tom Petty’s birthday celebration and rediscovered her love for the city. She now plans to move back soon.
“There’s no place like Gainesville,” she said.
Sadie Darnell, Petty’s cousin and childhood neighbor, expressed relief that the house remains in the family.
She had concerns about potential plans for the property after it went up for sale.
“I’m very happy Jane Benyo bought it,” said Darnell.
Previously, a California real estate agent planned to buy the house and turn it into a small museum for Petty.
However, he stepped aside when family members expressed interest.
Benyo Petty has no immediate plans for the house but hinted it could eventually go to her grandchildren. “It won’t be a museum,” she said.
Where did Tom Petty grow up?
Tom Petty spent most of his childhood in a house on Sixth Terrace, Gainesville, until he was 12.
What happened to the park near Tom Petty’s house?
The park nearby has a special name! It’s now called Tom Petty Park, in honor of the rock star.
What will happen to Tom Petty’s childhood home now?
Jane Benyo, Tom’s ex-wife, bought the house and might keep it in the family, maybe even for their grandchildren. No museum plans for now!
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