House of the Week | Jim Morrison’s childhood home listed in Arlington

It’s not often you can count Jim Morrison’s ghost among your neighbors.

But on the Arlington street where the Doors lead singer may have spent part of his childhood, Morrison’s ghost sightings are common, or so the neighbors claim.

Older residents and their families recall a young Jim Morrison playing on North Evergreen Street as a child and believe his family lived in the 1947 Cape Cod-style cottage now on the market for $949,900, according to current owner David Tallman.

The house, located on a quiet cul-de-sac, would have been one of several Virginia homes the family lived in, as Morrison’s father, George Stephen Morrison, was an admiral in the U.S. Navy. The Morrisons also reportedly lived in Alexandria.

Since that time, the home has been heavily renovated, and its current owners weren’t even aware of its musical significance until television news crews knocked on their door a few years ago, asking for details about Morrison’s former home.

Before its renovation — and when the neighbors recall the Morrisons living there —  the home had three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

In 2003, an outside investor took interest in the property because of its large, pie-shaped lot, one of the largest in the neighborhood, constructing two L-shaped additions on either side of the house.

While maintaining the home’s traditional Cape Cod exterior, the additions contain an expanded kitchen, a new dining room and family room and a new master suite. It now has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and hardwood floors feature throughout the home.

The three-floor property covers more than 2,000 square feet, including a partially finished basement.

The current owners have since put in more than $100,000 into exterior renovation, Tallman said, transforming the wild, overgrown back yard into a quiet oasis. After almost 20 trees were removed, the yard now has an irrigation system, Trex deck, hot tub and a cedar privacy fence.

Address: 2320 N. Evergreen St., Arlington

Price: $949,900

Features: Back deck, outside play area with rubber mulch, outdoor hot tub

Bedrooms/bathrooms: Four/three

Square footage: 1,964

Lot Size: 8,908

Open House: Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Agent: Dave Lloyd at Weichert, Realtors, 703-593-3204

Do you have a home that deserves to be the House of the Week? Contact Mohana Ravindranath at mohana.ravindranath@washpost.com or 202-334-9541.

 

Mohana Ravindranath covers IT and small business for the Washington Post and its weekly Capital Business publication.
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