If you’re a ‘90s kid who’s always had a thing for cool houses, I’d put good money on the fact that you fell in teenage puppy love while watching 1991’s Father of the Bride… not with any of the actresses or actors, but with the house.
The stately 1920s colonial was as much a central character as Steve Martin’s father or Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s bride, and boom: It’s on the market now for just under $2 million. Well, sort of. To be fair, only some of the movie was filmed at this particular home — like the outdoor wedding stuff and the basketball scene. But still.
The bummer news: Kimberly Williams-Paisley might be in Nashville, but the house isn’t. It lives outside Los Angeles.
So, I can’t get you into the actual Father of the Bride house (or the actual/partial Father of the Bride house), unfortunately. But as I’ve said many times before: One of the best things about Middle Tennessee is that you can find fantastic representations of just about any type of architecture here. So what I can find is a few properties that echo the onscreen and/or real life homes’ historic elegance, just a little closer to Dollywood than Hollywood.
Take a peek at my reminiscent finds, and let me know if any of them tug at your heartstrings.
1000 E Gaines St.
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
Out in Lawrenceburg, this brick colonial could stand a few tasteful updates to maximize its potential, but it has a lot of ingredients that can add up to that Father of the Bride wow factor — a huge kitchen, cool paneled study, prominent and elegant stairway that leads up to an airy and open second floor, and totally breathtaking outdoor space. You could host a fine wedding here, no doubt.
4406 Harding Pl.
Nashville, TN 37205
Aside of the traditional architecture and winding, fit-for-coming-downstairs-with-big-news staircase, the actual home here is pretty aesthetically different. But the wedding wonderland Martin Short’s character created outside is a huge part of why the Father of the Bride house is so memorable, right? And, as outdoor spaces go, this 1946 Belle Meade home really delivers something unforgettable. See: that incredible gate pictured above.
1711 Forrest Crossing Cir.
Franklin, TN 37064
So, not a colonial, and a much older home, built back in 1835, but this Franklin listing hits some key points, starting with the immediate crisp, white grandeur. Then there are the fantastic historic fireplaces, elegant staircase and warm wood floors, picturesque property… and oh, and if you need to host a big party of some sort, this one comes with a banquet hall with guest accommodations.
631 Hill Rd.
Brentwood, TN 37027
A fair share of the time, hearing there’s lots of wallpaper in a less-than-new home earns a bunch of groans. Not here — it’s all part of the circa-1800 Brentwood home’s historic elegance. So much of this stunning property is original (or at least historic), it’s hard to know where to start. But I can definitely point out where my jaw stayed dropped: the screened porches and fireplace in the kitchen steal my love away from the Father of the Bride house, and quickly. One fitting side note: The almost 27-acre property has a newlywed cottage, too.
If you’re thinking about proposing to any of these homes, and need someone to help facilitate, please reach out and let me know. Ditto if you’re looking for similar historic elegance, but none of these quite fit the bill — I’d be happy to keep digging for you. Seeing perfect matches end up together is one of my favorite things about what I do.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.
Author:TJ Anderson Phone: 615-364-1530 Dated: June 15th 2016 Views: 527 About TJ: TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a h...
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