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A Historic Mansion Fit For Kings Of Leon
by TJ Anderson
The Nashville Business Journal just reported on the sale of the historic Merritt Mansion in Wedgewood-Houston — apparently, there’s a chance the 1800s estate was snatched up by members of Grammy-winning rock band Kings of Leon, who already have a recording studio down the block.
The property is gorgeous, with columns and details you certainly won’t see in just any home. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes open for news about the future of the Merritt Mansion, whether it's now owned by Nashville rock royalty or not.
The purchase brings up a fun Middle Tennessee fact: The Merritt Mansion certainly wasn’t/isn't the only unique historic mansion on the market in the area. I regularly see listings for grand estates that, like the Merritt, are imbued with history and beauty and stand as a lasting celebration of classic design.
Have you always dreamed of owning a historic mansion? Or just like appreciating them from a distance? Here are a few awe-inspiring properties that are on the market now. (Even if you don’t have Kings of Leon money, these are undoubtedly fun to explore.)
5 HISTORIC MIDDLE TENNESSEE MANSIONS
4006 Newman Pl.
True storybook beauty in this renovated 1938 Oak Hill home — the winding staircase and sun room, in particular, catch my eye.
1009 W Main St.
The Dozier Family home — a Queen Anne Victorian in historic downtown Franklin that traces back to 1904 — spent nearly 50 years as a commercial property, starting in the ‘30s. It underwent an incredible renovation in recent years and is back to being a show-stopping residence, with nearly 6,000 square feet of interior space, including 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. The updates are stunning, not to mention tasteful.
4414 Tyne Blvd.
The solarium overlooking the pool at this 1932 Belle Meade estate is nothing short of breathtaking, as are the updated kitchen and four unique fireplaces. My personal favorite touch: the gorgeous game room with huge vaulted ceilings. Between that and the custom built-in bar, you’d never need to go anywhere else to enjoy some time with friends.
600 Boyd Mill Ave.
Included among the 12 1/2 acres that house the circa 1840, 6,950-square-foot Italianate Greek Revival Magnolia Hall: a 2-acre lake, for all your waterfront needs. Also included: an out building that’s been traditionally used as a party house.
4009 Carters Crk.
The historic "Samuel Morton House" sits on 353 acres of beautiful Franklin property, and beams Tennessee history — it was built in 1800, and although it’s been renovated and updated fully, that time has been far from gutted. You’ll see beam ceilings, exposed log walls, incredible stone fireplaces and other attention-grabbing time capsules.
Have you fallen in love with any of these historic estates? If you’re hunting for a grand home, a starter home or anything in between, we’d love to help you find it. Drop me a line!
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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