Hunting For Historic Homes In Downtown Franklin

Dated: 05/31/2017

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by TJ Anderson

Photo: Downtown Franklin on Facebook

I have a lot of favorite parts of Middle Tennessee, and they always seem to be shifting and changing. It probably comes with the territory of spending most of my time driving around in and near Nashville, exploring every corner while looking at homes for sale.

Forever at the top of the list, though, since I have a long-burning love for historic homes: Historic Downtown Franklin.

The area’s noteworthy growth certainly plays a part in why I like going there so much — fun shopping, great festivals and some of our area’s best restaurants (like Gray’s on Main, 55 South and Red Pony) make downtown Franklin a small-town center with the cultural benefits of a bigger city.

But more than anything, it’s the 200 years of history held within that really get me. Beautiful historic homes, brick sidewalks, the famous Franklin Theatre, a Main Street that’s both literal and figurative… There’s something about Historic Downtown Franklin that feels like the best of the past augmented by the best of Middle Tennessee’s current boom-time.

Do you share my appreciation of downtown Franklin’s historic charm? This post’s for you. Below, some historic Franklin homes on the market now that keep my Franklin love burning.

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302 3rd Ave S

Franklin, TN 37064


Next year, this brick beauty right in the heart of Historic Downtown Franklin turns 200. The huge home (with more than 4000 square feet, including 5 beds and 5 baths) has clearly been loved for pretty much every one of those years — it’s in beautiful shape, with original details throughout, including multiple stunningly gorgeous fireplaces.

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712 W Main St

Franklin, TN 37064


Funny to think, but this 3-bed, 3-bath home is kind of a youngin’ for the neighborhood, tracing back only to 1920. It’s every bit a historic stunner, though, with clawfoot tubs and original trim and really great fireplace tile.

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215 Franklin Rd

Franklin, TN 37064


Few things make my heart stop like gingerbread trim. This 1898 Victorian’s front porch is a historic home lover’s dream, and many of the details inside — from the pocket doors to the doorknobs and the transom windows — are too. I’ll admit that, if this one were mine, I’d probably want to do extensive renovations toward period aesthetics. But that chef-grade stove would definitely stick around.

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600 Boyd Mill Ave

Franklin, TN 37064


Barely a mile from the center of Downtown Franklin, you see historic homes like this one — an almost 7000-square-foot Italianate estate built in 1840, with more than 12 acres and grounds that are straight out of an Old South-obsessed film. I wish they’d taken my advice on home listing photos, since these dark shots definitely don’t capture the splendor of a property with so much historic detail. But you can still get a sense of why owning this home and this property in this location will set you back about $5 million.

Are you as drawn to Historic Downtown Franklin as I am? Interested in exploring the homes on the market there now? I’d love to help. Give me a call or send me an email, and tell me about what you’re looking for.

If Franklin isn’t your top choice, and you’d like some pointers for other areas flush with historic stunners, I can help there too. Reach out, and I’ll get to work.

Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.

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TJ Anderson

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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