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Historic Music Row Named National Treasure
by TJ Anderson
Preserving Nashville history has been a busy topic of discussion over the past few years, from the buzz about saving historic RCA Studio A to the debate about continuing to keep up with housing, business and tourism demands while considering the importance of historic homes and buildings.
Monday morning, The National Trust for Historic Preservation weighed in by naming Music Row a National Treasure, effectively bringing decades of experience and knowledge, along with resources, into the debate about Music Row’s future.
The discussion about growth and history is surely going to continue — our city is changing rapidly, and accommodating that is going to take careful thought, planning and and overall dedication to doing right by Nashville’s past, present and future. It’s definitely a topic I’m paying close attention to.
Last week, I talked a little bit about the business growth in downtown Nashville, and pointed out some beautiful newer condos and lofts right in the middle of things. Today — given Music Row’s National Treasure designation — I want to take a look at our enduring history. From Nashville to Franklin, our area has a wide variety of beautiful historic homes, from nearly untouched mid-century ranches to renovated Victorians and everything in between.
If you’re drawn toward historic homes, here are a few on the market now that I thought had a unique, timeless draw:
2808 Acklen Ave.
A 3-bed, 2-bath Tudor built in 1930, this home would appeal particularly to buyers who prefer their historic homes minimally changed — bathroom tiles, light fixtures and kitchen cabinets all call back to the home’s history, and maintain an unmistakable charm.
1407 Ashwood Ave.
Another 1930 home, but with a very different look — this 4-bed, 3 1/2 bath is totally renovated, from the upscale kitchen to well-appointed bathrooms. But with its French doors and beamed ceilings and arched doorways, you still feel the history.
3901 Estes Rd.
Here’s a chance to perfect a beautiful and historic Green Hills home. Most of its 1940 touches are intact, from tile work to built-ins and fixtures, and its charm is immediate — just look at the second floor porch. With a little TLC, it’ll be an all-around historic stunner.
1413 Douglas Ave.
East Nashville is flush with turn-of-the-century homes, and that remains a fair part of the neighborhood’s draw with home buyers. This 1899 Victorian fits a lot of what you’ll find on the East Side too: a mix of modern convenience and historic aesthetics. From the exposed brick in the kitchen to the trim throughout and a hugely appealing front porch, there’s a lot of historic treasure here.
4121 Old Hillsboro Rd.
History, beauty and lots of space. This 3-bed, 3 1/2 bath Franklin home was built in 1911, and retains the timeless charm you’d hope for (while having been renovated and updated for modern homeowners). Perhaps the best part: It sits on nearly two acres of land trust property.
Are you looking for a historic home in Middle Tennessee? I’d be honored to help you find it — reach out and let me know what you’re hoping to find.
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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