The cottage is based in the North Carolina area of Montreat, and was where Graham lived for many years. The home is currently owned by Graham’s daughter, Ruth, and has been used as a vacation rental, where guests could experience the Grahams’ family life through a collection of original furnishings, books, photos and mementos. The house has a rustic, cozy cabin vibe, with wood panelling throughout. The four-bedroom, two-cottage bathroom property sits one third of an acre of manicured grounds, including mature trees and an attractive patio terrace, perfect for entertaining. Stone steps lead to a stream with a wooden bridge and walking paths through the surrounding forest, while the house’s charming stonework exterior matches the garden walls.  The living room offers a snug ambience with a stone fireplace, lots of natural light and pretty forest views.  Agent Brian Etheridge says: ‘This cozy cottage presents a unique opportunity to own a piece of history. Showcasing the legacy of Billy Graham, it maintains a historic charm while offering modern comforts.’ Montreat, a portmanteau of ‘mountain’ and ‘retreat’, is a secluded village in the Asheville, North Carolina area with about 700 residents - offering the ideal back-to-nature lifestyle. The listing is held by Brian Etheridge of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty’s Asheville office. Pictures courtesy of Top Ten Real Estate Deals (opens in new tab).

Who was Billy Graham?

World-famous evangelist Billy Graham preached the gospel to more people than anyone else in the history of Christianity. Known as ‘America’s Pastor’ he served as a spiritual advisor to every U.S. President from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. Beloved by millions, he had friendly relationships with luminaries from Queen Elizabeth to Martin Luther King Jr. Graham preached against segregation and apartheid and urged unity between Catholics and Protestants.  He wrote dozens of books, many of which became bestsellers and received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He first rocketed to national prominence with his ‘Crusades’ - revivals held first in tents and later in stadiums across the world. He died in 2018 at the age of 99.