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Nashville Area Open Houses With A Little Something Special
by TJ Anderson
There’s a little bit of a science to finding home listings that appeal to my clients — I’m given a wish list with practical points, like bedrooms and bathrooms and area and square footage, plus a budget range. But ultimately, what makes a homebuyer choose a specific place, more often than not, has to do with emotion.
It’s a feeling you get when you walk in — that sense that, coming through the door at the end of every day, it’ll feel welcoming, and comforting. Like home.
A mix of things can inspire that feeling — the calming openness the high ceilings inspire, the perfect playroom for the kids, the way the sunset peeks through the tree-lined property. But what it usually boils down to: a little something special that fits you perfectly.
That little something special is going to be different for everyone, but for this week’s Open Houses roundup, I picked out some properties that called out to me as having unique features that’ll grab the right buyer and refuse to let go.
First, the broader Open House options:
And then, my picks:
6017 Woodland Hills Dr.
This family home close to Brentwood is spacious (more than 3,000 square feet, with 5 beds, 3 1/2 baths and more than an acre of property) and well kept, but what strikes me is that second-story deck. It gives the front facade a unique look, and the fact that it’s accessible from three rooms makes it uniquely functional, too. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
502 N 17th St.
That something-special sensibility is what tends to draw people to historic homes — the personality in the original hardwoods, the workmanship in the built-ins. And this remodeled 1930 Craftsman in East Nashville is full of that stuff, from a gorgeous built-in hutch in the dining room to period-perfect trim throughout. The standouts: nearly floor-to-ceiling exposed brick around the bedroom fireplace, and the incredible sunroom, with ample skylights, beams and spanish tile that add up to a total sun-drenched knockout. Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
845 Belton Dr.
There’s a lot of home here in West Meade — almost 5,000 square feet, all completely rebuilt in 2012. The folks who brought this place down to the studs and started again definitely had designs on impressing the cooking-inclined: The open kitchen has super high-end Viking appliances, and the stone fireplace just off to the side would definitely make those long hours of making holiday meals a crazy kind of cozy. The clincher for me on this one, though, is the master bath, with a standalone tub right beside another stone fireplace, underneath a sparkling crystal chandelier. If you don’t feel fantastically pampered in that setting… Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
9813 Sam Donald Rd.
I love the rustic warmth of a log home, but with some of them, that warmth can cross over to feeling dark and stuffy. Not so with this large log retreat — click through the photos: It manages to feel bright and airy, even while you’re encompassed by big, rough-hewn beams. The extras here are many, too: recording studio, detached workshop, sunroom — not to mention total privacy, on 15 acres of wooded beauty. Open Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.
302 3rd Ave S.
It’s hard to know where to start with this circa-1818 Franklin masterpiece. Suppose the beautiful porch balustrade and gorgeously tall front door set the mood, and it goes from there. What stands out to me: exposed brick here and there — a kitchen wall, a bathroom wall — that gives perfect, periodic pops of warmth. (The location in Historic Downtown Franklin doesn’t hurt, either.) Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.
Think any of these might have that something special that makes it feel like home? Searching for something different? If I can help you hunt down the home you’re envisioning, please reach out.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.
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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