Reese Witherspoon Snags A Historic Nashville Area Fixer

Dated: 08/19/2014

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by TJ Anderson

According to Variety, actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth just snagged a historic fixer-upper in the Oak Hill neighborhood for just shy of $2 million. The new/old place, built in 1930, apparently needs a total overhaul, but if you’re a fan of historic Southern homes, the exterior photos make its draw pretty clear.

What’s your take on historic fixers? Wonderfully worthwhile labors of love or big projects you’d prefer not to take on?

Personally, I love to see older homes polished up and loved again, and I really enjoy finding potential-stocked fixers for clients with a renovation vision. If you’ve been giving some thought to hunting for a historic fixer, here are a few that are on the market now that need varying amounts of attention to reach their full potential:

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810 Setliff Pl.

Nashville, TN


Looking at the outside of this East Nashville cottage, you wouldn’t think any fixing was in the cards. But inside, it’s an in-process gut with tons of potential — gorgeous stone and brick fireplace, arched doorways and a pretty ideal East Side spot (just a few blocks off Eastland and from lots of restaurants and shops).

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2134 Blair Blvd.

Nashville, TN


With some work in the kitchen and finishing touches, this 1930 Hillsboro Village Victorian — with a covered front porch, high ceilings, detailed transom windows and several eye-grabbing historic fireplaces — would be truly remarkable.

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2912 Burch Ave.

Nashville, TN


The landscaping and kitchen could take on some attention, but this 1922 West End fixer has the proverbial good bones, a great location (the adjacent lot is on the market too) and design-inspiring exposed brick to work with.

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1004 Norfleet Dr.

Nashville, TN


More and more fixer-hunters of late are setting their eyes on mid-century ranches that would benefit from elbow grease, and this Lakeview Manor/Oak Hill 4-bedroom fits the bill. With a lot of space inside and out (almost 2,500 square feet in, 1.15 acres out), it has ample charm and could be a stunner — a few walls down if you're drawn to open floor plans, some fresh bathroom tile (if you don’t love pink), a kitchen reno to either bring things up to date or totally recapture that mid-century flair... There's lots you could do and not much you have to do.

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3381 Blazer Rd.

Franklin, TN


If you’re working with a more Witherspoon-like budget, here’s a Leiper’s Fork horse farm that could be a private paradise. You’re all set on location and space, with more than 42 acres of tree-lined property. Inside, you could go simple (tighten up the 1919 charm or update the space with more modern touches) or go big, expanding and building on the beauty that’s already in those historic bones.

So what do you think? Any of these homes give you renovation inspiration? Or would you like help finding another historic fixer opportunity in Nashville, Franklin or elsewhere in the area? Drop me a line.
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TJ Anderson

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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