A Taylor? Sure, invest THAT kind of money as a beginner!
Actually, don't. Playability can be an issue, but an Applause (crappy Ovation) or a Takamine would be more in a suitable price range. The Takamine will have a richer tone, as the aircraft polymer that the applause is made from is very mid rangy.
If the action isn't suitable, use lighter strings until you build strength. The lighter strings will have less tension, too, thus not drastically raising the action.
Personally, I only play American made guitars. Those are usually too expensive for a beginner.
Taylor makes a great acoustic, but let's be reasonable. Provided acoustic is what you want to play (the thinking that an electric player should start on acoustic is idiot's thinking). Electric and acoustic are different instruments altogether.
If you have friends that play, have them teach you a thing or two. Much of what you need to know can be self taught. When I say self taught, I don't mean not using books etc. eventually.
I was an ear player for the first fifteen years that I played. In that time, I taught guitar and played professionally. My best advice would be just give it a shot in the beginning. If you find yourself really wanting more, then you want to be a guitar player.
There are as many people with guitars in there attics as there are with treadmills as clothes hangers.
A basic chord book will give you the wares to learn some songs that you're interested in. Figure those songs out using your ear as a guide. f you lack the ability to discern tones correctly, then music may not be for you. If you're studious, dig in to the books first.
Don't forget that a knowledge of scales can help you, both in acoustic lead playing, an from a theory standpoint. Knowing the intervalic portion of theory can help you embellish your chord voicings later.