Oct. 17: Alan Jackson’s Tennessee mansion, houseboat and helipad

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Country singer Alan Jackson, born on this date in 1958, managed to unload his
lakefront home in Smithville, Tennessee, just in time for his birthday last year: The deal closed on Oct. 5, 2012, for $3,621,200. That might sound like a lot of money -- well, OK, it is a lot of money -- but Jackson had originally sought $5 million for it.

[Click here to go to a slideshow of the home Alan Jackson built.]

He built the home 20 years earlier as a vacation property, the Wall Street Journal reported last year. Perhaps the property's most unique feature: a two-story houseboat equipped with waterslides and a hot tub. (Curbed called the property "just about the most decked-out summer party palace in the South" before learning that the property was Jackson's.) The helipad atop the garage would probably be runner-up.

The property also included a five-bedroom "Hamptons-style" main house, a four-bedroom guesthouse and a one-bedroom cabin on 3.5 wooded acres.

By the way, it's not just Alan Jackson's 55th birthday today; it's also Eminem's 41st birthday -- and you guessed it, we've got a blog post on his house, too.

[Click here to go to a slideshow of the home Alan Jackson built.]

On This Day, previously:

Oct. 16: Suzanne Somers' incredible desert home, complete with private tram

Oct. 15: The house where the horse-head scene from "The Godfather" was shot

Oct. 14: The real-life House at Pooh Corner, on the anniversary of Pooh's publication

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