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TODAY Star Kathie Lee Gifford Is The Latest Celebrity Nashville Homebuyer
By TJ Anderson
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Among the latest high-profile Nashville-area homebuyers: longtime Today show star and all-around TV mainstay Kathie Lee Gifford, People magazine says.
The multi-faceted entertainer is wrapping up her Today stay after 11 years, and with the job behind her — and lots of life changes, including her kids growing up and moving Westward — Gifford was reportedly in search of new adventures, of both the professional and personal variety.
Of late, Gifford's been busy writing and producing films and songs for the Christian market (a new Gifford-written film, Then Came You, is in the works, and includes an original soundtrack made up of her lyrics, with music composed by Nashville producer and singer-songwriter Brett James). Nashville, then, seems a logical home base for the multi-faceted entertainer.
“The work that I want to do isn’t here anymore,” Gifford told the magazine of her longtime home of New York. “I am an artist, I’m an actress, I’m a writer, I’m a songwriter, a director now. That’s the stuff that feeds my soul, and I know that I’m running out of time to do those things.”
Where Kathie Lee landed
Looks like Gifford figures that life in the Music City vicinity might have what she needs to feed her soul-stirring needs.
“Even if you’re just having a dinner party there, invariably people end up at your piano or taking your guitar off the wall, and next thing you know, you’ve written a song and you’re in the studio the next week doing a demo,” she told People.
As is the case with many a celebrity who comes in search of Nashville's creative vibes, though, Kathie Lee Gifford reportedly isn't choosing Nashville proper as her spot to settle. She's putting down roots in Franklin, Tennessee, according to The Tennessean, having purchased a brownstone home there for $1.25 million in the fall of 2018.
Looking to live like Kathie Lee?
I don't have images of Kathie Lee Gifford's new Franklin, Tennessee, estate to ogle, but if you'd like to get a sense of what a Today show veteran's budget might grab you in the Williamson County area — or if you're looking for a million-dollar listing around Franklin yourself — check out a few current listings that caught my attention below.
All are in Franklin, Tennessee, and all were listed in the $1 million to $1.5 million budget range.
3631 E Mcewen Dr.
Franklin, TN 37064
Privacy and acreage, minutes from shopping and dining at Cool Springs — this '90s-built estate makes particularly great use of the pastoral property surrounding it, with lots of windows that bring the outside in. The covered deck space looks perfectly primed for spring-night pickin' parties, and the game/bonus room could easily be a practice/recording space.
104 Earlham Ct.
Franklin, TN 37067
This Franklin home looks pretty unassuming from the exterior, but inside, luxury looks aplenty — someone accustomed to the finer things would certainly feel right at home. The two-story great room is an airy highlight, but the high-end kitchen and well-appointed outdoor entertainment space aren’t so bad, either.
1614 Championship Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37064
Gifford's kids are long grown-up and moved-out, but she's been known as a family-centric celebrity for most of her career. In her kids' younger years, a community like Westhaven in Franklin likely would've been a sure fit — it's a sleepy, charming and picturesque part of Franklin with high-rated schools and a tight-knit community. And this "Old World Style" property has a lot of space to offer for a larger family, at more than 6,500 square feet.
In search of your own creative hub and soul-inspiring hideaway in Franklin, Tennessee? Please let me know if we can help you find it. Browse homes for sale in Franklin, Tennessee, here, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC, unless noted.
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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