by TJ AndersonLennon Stella's home, photo via People.comI was already impressed by Lennon Stella, who, by starring in TV drama Nashville, managed to build a double-threat career as an actress and
Nashville Area Homes That Could Suit The 9 Tennessee Billionaires
by TJ Anderson
You’ve probably noticed over the past few years, but: Nashville’s economic health is strong — a quick snapshot from Forbes shows that unemployment rates are well under the national average and dropping, job growth is up, home prices are growing, population is booming, etc.
So, while affordability might be getting a tougher here (we’re about 2 percent above the national cost-of-living average), on the whole, Nashville, as an urban economy, is doing well.
"Well," of course, is subjective. Which becomes all the more clear when you look at Forbes’ World Billionaires list, which this year happens to include nine of our Tennessee neighbors.
Nine might not seem like a lot, with there being more than 2,000 billionaires across the globe, owning an average net worth of about $3.75 billion. But it’s nothing to brush off, particularly since our top billionaires are pretty serious, on the billionaire spectrum.
The No. 1 Tennessean is health-care magnate Thomas Frist Jr., with an $8.8 billion net worth (149th place overall). Second place is Martha Ingram, with $4.2 billion, according to Forbes. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is coming up on the overall-average quickly, too, with $2.6 billion, up from $1.6 billion last year.
The Nashville Business Journal has a full list of Tennessee’s billionaires here, if you’d like to get a sense of what the uppermost of the upper class in Tennessee is holding on to.
Since we’re on the topic of Tennesseans who have access to the most luxurious offerings around — including homes — I thought I’d share a peek into some of my favorite current listings from the echelon of homes these folks might explore. (To be fair, most of these breathtaking estates would probably feel like guest homes to those billionaires, but for argument’s sake.)
The Nashville area’s most luxurious home listings
5205 Still House Hollow Rd
Franklin, TN 37064
Ever wanted to own your own private island? It’s a tiny island, with a little stone patio and two trees set in Nelson Elam Lake, but if you own this property, it’s your tiny island. That’s about the only thing that’s tiny about this Leipers Fork estate, on 550 acres of private Franklin land. The home itself is well over 15,000 square feet, with 6 beds, 6 full baths, 4 half baths, a beautiful pool and pool house, a log-cabin guest house, equestrian center, cinema room and on and on and on. The wine cellar alone is larger and better-equipped than many Nashville condos. This one is billionaire-ready, most assuredly.
2325 Golf Club Lane
Nashville, TN 37215
Billionaires with musical inclinations might find themselves drawn to this Green Hills estate — its in-home recording studio is to a regular “home studio” as the rest of the 18,000-plus-square-foot home is to a “regular home.” (The “Love Everybody” on the piano in there is probably a good hint if you’re a fan, but the guy who designed the place is Big Kenny, of Big & Rich fame.) Other standout features: a full bar that’ll probably make you inclined to never visit another bar, stunning outdoor entertaining area with a beautiful pool, and a kitchen that’d probably satisfy any number of Nashville’s celebrity chefs.
2281 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, TN 37215
This massive home on 16 acres just a stone’s throw from Warner Parks is all-around impressive, from the warm wood and stone details to the meticulously manicured grounds. But personally, I can’t help but be partial to the “party barn,” with 4,000 square feet of high-end rustic design that’s definitely a "barn" only in the billionaire sense.
4009 Carters Creek Pike
Franklin, TN 37064
A wealthy buyer who wanted to own a piece of Tennessee history and loves country music might find a perfect fit in this Franklin property. Although it’s not quite as luxurious as your average billionaire-bred mansion, the main home here, on more than 353 acres, is something special: the historic “Samuel Morton House,” built in 1800 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s been thoroughly updated, but the history certainly isn’t gone, from beams and logs to floors and fireplaces. Of particular note for the country fans: Among the owners of this property through the years are Hank Williams Sr., and more recently, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
Hope you enjoyed exploring these Middle Tennessee estates. If you’re looking for a new home in the Nashville area — whether it’s a million-dollar mansion in Franklin or a cozy Nashville condo — I’d be honored to help. Just call or email TJ Anderson Homes, and tell me what you’re looking for.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.
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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