by TJ AndersonPhoto: Kidd Epps Art ShopNashville has plenty of furniture shops, vintage stores and home-goods outlets offering all kinds of familiar, classic-looking pieces. But if you want
Live In A Vibrant Victorian Home In Nashville Or Franklin
by TJ Anderson
Word’s been getting around this week about Brooklyn’s Urban Cowboy B&B coming to Nashville, taking over the former Top O’ Woodland, a beautiful and historic Queen Anne Victorian on Woodland Street in East Nashville.
As Top O’ Woodland, the vibe was distinctly in line with the home’s early-1900s history, but word from Nashville Business Journal is that the new owner, Lyon Porter, is renovating with more of a sleek, Brooklyn-esque aesthetic.
Victorian homes are easy to fall in love with, with their towers and bays and porches and decorative trim, and walking into one can feel like a vacation into the past — which definitely has something to do with why so many B&B owners gravitate toward Victorians.
What if you’re less inclined to vacation in a storybook Victorian, and more inclined to live in one? The Nashville area provides there, for sure.
I took a look around Middle Tennessee for some Victorian-style homes on the market now, and found some serious charmers:
1553 Championship Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37064
While this isn’t a historic home (it was built in 2007), as you can see, the beautiful touchstones of Victorian design are front and center on the exterior — that front porch alone is enough to inspire dreamy visions of fall afternoons on a rocking chair. The interior is bright and contemporary, but doesn’t skimp on the time-tested design either, with detailed chandeliers and ceiling medallions and crown moulding.
1211 Forrest Ave.
Nashville, TN 37206
East Nashville is known and loved for its historic homes, and this Lockeland Springs Victorian, built in 1911, is a perfect example of why. High ceilings, transom windows, gorgeous fireplaces and that huge, welcoming porch are just a few of its attractive qualities.
1012 Halcyon Ave.
Nashville, TN 37204
A 1910 Victorian with a fantastic 12 South-area location and tons of original details, from fixtures and fireplaces to ornate trim. Its updated areas — like the renovated kitchen — bring some modernity without taking away from the home’s charm.
1903 Hillside Ave.
Nashville, TN 37203
You don’t have to be working with a regal budget to own a historic, Victorian-style home. This 3-bedroom in Waverly Place/Belmont is cozy, with 1,400-plus square feet, and at a budget that isn’t unattainable. And those great historic qualities — 11-foot ceilings, antique fixtures, a wrap-around porch — are just as sweet here as in larger estates.
1040 Scovel St.
Nashville, TN 37208
The scalloped shingles and gingerbread porch detail give a beautiful sense of this 1910 Buena Vista home’s history. Inside, everything’s updated beautifully (in line with a lots of the Germantown area’s recent renovations). Take a look at the sleek and smart kitchen and open living space — truly the best of both worlds.
Do you have your heart set on a Victorian or Victorian-style home? We’d love to help you find it. Reach out and tell us about your dream place!
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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