Nashville Open Houses That Draw From Federal And Georgian Architecture

Dated: 03/04/2016

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by TJ Anderson

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You’ll find a wide variety of home styles in Middle Tennessee, from farmhouses to foursquares to Mediterranean designs to modern homes. It’s part of what I really love about being a Realtor here.

Architecture you see more often than you might expect here, too: homes with Georgian or Federal-style design, more commonly associated with the Northeast. (Largely because that was where, when people were busily building these homes in the young U.S., around 1700-1800 or so, English/European influence naturally loomed extra large.)

Those styles emphasize order and class: a simple, boxy shape, red brick, symmetrical window design, refined adornments. And that approach gives Georgian and Federal-style homes a beautiful dignity. They’re not trying too hard to tell you they're beautiful, so they just are.

Plenty of architects and builders brought that influence down here to the South (some of our grand historic mansions come from this school — the Belle Meade Plantation was initially built with a Federal-style design, as was The Hermitage, though both were later reimagined with Greek Revival flair). And people are regularly building homes that come from that school here today, too — I’ve said it before, classic never goes out of style

Curious to see some of what’s on the market here now that embodies Georgian or Federal design attributes? I’ve focused this week’s Open Houses roundup on some good examples.

First, your broader options:


And then, my picks:

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125 Amherst Way

Nashville, TN 37221


A favorite detail from more dressed-up Federal designs that the builder brought into this 1993 home in Arlington Green: those keystone lintels over the windows out front. Brings a really beautiful bit of interest within the simplicity, doesn’t it? Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

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5120 Ravens Glen

Nashville, TN 37211


Telltale Federal style here in Winfield Park, from the window placement to that pretty fanlight over the central window on the second floor. So much traditional charm. This one was built in 2001 — with 4 beds, 2 1/2 baths and 3201 square feet — but was kept like a showpiece. Take a spin through the photos. Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. 

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428 Lynnwood Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37205


More Georgian influence, to me, in this Belle Meade estate. The simplicity in the exterior — coupled with the pretty, privacy-bringing landscaping — makes it at first look seem like a relatively cozy home. Nope: This house is massive and majestic, with 5 beds, 4 1/2 baths and more than 5,600 square feet, all of it traditional and lovely. Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

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909 Oak Valley Ln.

Nashville, TN 37220


A brand new home in Oak Hill that embraces Federal touchstones and other classic design notes — you’ll see elegance and luxury throughout the 6 bed, 6 bath, nearly 6,000-square-foot home. And with a full acre of level property in that highly desired area, you definitely have something fit for oh, say, a head of state. Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. 

So tell me: Do you feel drawn to this very traditional, very serene style of home, or do you tend to have your heart stopped by something a little more playful or modern or laid-back? If you’re looking for a new home, I’d love to hear about your vision!

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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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