Preserving Nashville history has been a busy topic of discussion over the past few years, from the buzz about saving historic RCA Studio A to the debate about continuing to keep up with housing, business and tourism demands while considering the importance of historic homes and buildings.
The discussion about growth and history is surely going to continue — our city is changing rapidly, and accommodating that is going to take careful thought, planning and and overall dedication to doing right by Nashville’s past, present and future. It’s definitely a topic I’m paying close attention to.
If you’re drawn toward historic homes, here are a few on the market now that I thought had a unique, timeless draw:
2808 Acklen Ave.
A 3-bed, 2-bath Tudor built in 1930, this home would appeal particularly to buyers who prefer their historic homes minimally changed — bathroom tiles, light fixtures and kitchen cabinets all call back to the home’s history, and maintain an unmistakable charm.
1407 Ashwood Ave.
Another 1930 home, but with a very different look — this 4-bed, 3 1/2 bath is totally renovated, from the upscale kitchen to well-appointed bathrooms. But with its French doors and beamed ceilings and arched doorways, you still feel the history.
3901 Estes Rd.
Here’s a chance to perfect a beautiful and historic Green Hills home. Most of its 1940 touches are intact, from tile work to built-ins and fixtures, and its charm is immediate — just look at the second floor porch. With a little TLC, it’ll be an all-around historic stunner.
1413 Douglas Ave.
East Nashville is flush with turn-of-the-century homes, and that remains a fair part of the neighborhood’s draw with home buyers. This 1899 Victorian fits a lot of what you’ll find on the East Side too: a mix of modern convenience and historic aesthetics. From the exposed brick in the kitchen to the trim throughout and a hugely appealing front porch, there’s a lot of historic treasure here.
4121 Old Hillsboro Rd.
History, beauty and lots of space. This 3-bed, 3 1/2 bath Franklin home was built in 1911, and retains the timeless charm you’d hope for (while having been renovated and updated for modern homeowners). Perhaps the best part: It sits on nearly two acres of land trust property.