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Finding A Magnificent Midcentury Ranch In Nashville
by TJ Anderson
I have a thing for Nashville’s classic ranchers — cozy vibes, easy living, midcentury charm. And if there ever was an indication that I’m far from alone, it was our experience with the recent Glencoe Acres renovation we took on.
After a to-the-studs rehab of a 1954 home we found that was in need of a little love and attention, we brought it to the MLS, and in a whopping two days, it had new owners that love it as much as we do.
I might chalk some of that swift sale up to excellent craftsmanship and great taste (even if I’m kinda biased). But at least a little came down to the fact that the historic one-story charmers that dot Nashville’s landscape are easy to love.
So, for this week’s Open House roundup, I’m picking out some cool classic ranches that might grab your attention if your tastes lean like mine do.
First, the broader options:
Then, my picks:
623 Brentlawn Rd
Nashville, TN 37220
Ranch home-hunters should always look toward Crieve Hall — it tends to be a treasure trove of both renovated and untouched one-story midcentury properties. This 1955 3-bed, 1-bath home sits kind of in the middle — a few updates in there, but spaces that could benefit from a little freshening too. Big plus: a large, flat lot and lots of leafy privacy. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
608 N 2Nd St
Nashville, TN 37207
Just a few blocks from McFerrin Park in East Nashville, this 1955 ranch was overhauled in 2015, with stone countertops, stainless steel appliances and all the other aesthetic details buyers tend to ask for (plus key/expensive upgrades like a new roof and HVAC). Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
1814 Willow Springs Dr
Nashville, TN 37216
Whoever did this renovation in Inglewood gets my admiration — the 1962 brick ranch was completely redone, and eye-grabbing details are everywhere, from the sleek and open kitchen to wood feature walls, midcentury-inspired light fixtures, warm and dark refinished hardwoods and gorgeous custom tile work. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
475 Hogan Rd
Nashville, TN 37220
Love the classic ranch windows on this 1955 home in Crieve Hall — charming curb appeal on the outside, lots of light inside. Looks like a few renovations happened along the way, but if you love original ‘50s bathroom tile, there’s still some intact. Beauty of a private backyard, too. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
3634 Estes Rd
Nashville, TN 37215
With more than half an acre in the heart of Green Hills, your midcentury ranch dollar gets a little stretched. This is being marketed as a potential teardown, given the multi-million-dollar homes surrounding it, and I wouldn’t be shocked if new construction is in this property's future. But as it stands, the 1955 home looks to be in good shape, and a renovation like we took on in Glencoe Acres could make it a midcentury stunner. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Looking for the perfect midcentury ranch in Nashville? More drawn to a historic East Nashville Victorian, or new construction in The Nations? Whatever’s on your new-home wish list, I’d love to help you find the perfect place. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC, except where 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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