Junior Johnson sells Hamptonville estate in auction

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HAMPTONVILLE, N.C. — NASCAR legend Junior Johnson sold his multimillion dollar, 150-acre estate near the line between Yadkin and Wilkes counties in an auction on Tuesday.

John M. Mitchell, a Winston-Salem listing agent, said the home at 1100 Glen Oaks Drive in Hamptonville and all of its parcels sold for $2.3 million.

Before the auction, Mitchell said it was estimated the home and property would sell for $2.5 million.

There were four bidders in the auction, but Mitchell could not identify the winning bidder.

Realtors originally listed the estate for $6 million and later reduced the price to $5 million before it was put up for auction.

Mitchell said that, based on MLS statistics, he believes the auction marks the highest closing price of any property sold in the Piedmont Triad in more than one year.

Johnson, who never lived far from the Wilkes County community of Ronda where he was born 81 years ago, sold the estate with the intention of moving to a luxury apartment in downtown Charlotte.

The racing pioneer cited efforts to downsize and declining health as factors in his decision to sell the 10,000-square-feet home.

There was an undisclosed reserve on the house that would have prevented it from being sold had the best offer not met the reserve price.