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Tour James Taylor’s childhood home!

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On Sat. June 4th you can tour the childhood home of world-renowned musician and songwriter James Taylor! $7.00 admission ticket proceeds will benefit North Carolina Modernist Houses, who will be hosting the tour at the Ike & Trudy Taylor House in Chapel Hill. An auction agent will be on site to answer questions, as the 1.5 million dollar property will be auctioned soon.


618 Morgan Creek Road is a Modernist home designed by award winning architects George Matsumoto and John Latimer. Peacefully set on 23 acres of forest and pasture, the 3-story, 4,000+ square foot home was built on a hill. It has 11 rooms including 7 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, and was built in 1952. In the 1960’s, the kitchen was renovated by Arthur Cogswell – a well-known Chapel Hill architect. Cogswell also built the 1964 modernist home of former UNC Men’s Basketball Coach Dean Smith at 613 Morgan Creek Road which currently has an offer pending for it’s sale on the 1.05 million listing. A fact most people are not aware of is that North Carolina has the third largest concentration of modernist houses in America.

James Taylor was 3 years old in 1951 when he moved from Boston to Chapel Hill with his family. He graduated from Chapel Hill High School. His late Father Issac “Ike” Taylor was the Dean of the Chapel Hill Medial School for 10 years. His late mother Gertrude “Trudy” studied voice and filled the home with music. James would perform kitchen concerts with his siblings Kate, Alex, Livingston and Hugh. The family vacationed at their cottage in Martha’s Vineyard in the summertime, though JT attributes most of his songwriting influence to the Chapel Hill area where he grew up.

The bridge that crosses over Morgan Creek close to the Taylor property has been named the “James Taylor Bridge” in his honor and Morgan Creek is the inspiration for the hit song “Copperline” which he wrote with Duke University Professor Reynolds Price. His lyrics mention his ventures as a boy with his family dog Hercules exploring the overgrown wooded area.Today, James lives in western Massachusetts with his wife Caroline and sons Rufus and Henry.


On a personal note,in addition to my position as Real Estate Client Care Coordinator for Masha Halpern & The Smart Move Team, I also have a love for music – including James Taylor songs that I grew up listening to which bring me many fond family memories. I enjoyed putting this article together, and I know how much “Going To Carolina In My Mind” means to people here.I am drawn to the homes of Chapel Hill, and in Orange County, NC where I live.

I especially like large private lots with the homes having an abundance of windows. Observing one of the most notable characteristics of modernist and contemporary homes – the open interior spaces have many windows – bringing the outdoors inside. Masha Halpern's listing at 2411 Pickard Mountain Road is a perfect example of beautiful architecture enhanced by Mother Nature. 

Visit The Smart Move Team to explore more local real estate! Visit the North Carolina Modernist Houses website for information on the Ike & Trudy Taylor Home Tour.









Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel HillDurhamCarrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price pointsMasha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting


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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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