If you work in real estate or home design, chances are you get drawn in any time a news-of-the-weird type of home hits the market. Like, say, this real-life Flintstones house for sale, south of San Francisco. These Bedrock-style concrete shapes are a page right out of history, for sure.
We haven’t seen anything hit the market in Nashville over the past few years that reaches quite those levels of uniqueness. But we do regularly come across homes for sale that steer well to the left of common conventions, with architecture and design that stands apart.
Does that kind of thing appeal to you? If so, these’ll probably pique your interest. We looked around the Middle Tennessee real estate listings to find a handful of homes on the market that are a little weird, or a little wild, or a little wow — sometimes combinations of the three. Take a look:
We’re heading up to Clarksville for this one, because you rarely find something so unique at such a budget-friendly asking price. On a wooded, 1.6-acre property, you have a home that brings geodesic domes to mind — right angles are at a minimum when you look around. It needs some love — bathroom remodels and some new kitchen cabinets would make a huge difference. But as it stands, you have a cool geometric house with more than 2,000 square feet of space (plus a detached 19×19 workshop), listed under $165K.
This Inglewood home is already under contract, but if we’re looking at unusual properties, it had to be in the mix. When was the last time you saw a kitchen like this? The central staircase railings, wallpaper… nothing in stock at Home Depot here.
More modern designs have been popping up among the new construction in East Nashville, but this property in Inglewood is among the most adventurous. With geometric shapes and industrial textures, it almost feels more like an urban art gallery than a neighborhood home. If you left a Brooklyn warehouse condo or L.A. loft to come to Nashville, this might make you feel right at home.
If you’re drawn toward natural textures and cozy-cabin vibes, this lakefront home in Old Hickory is made for you. Built into the hillside, with walls of natural rock and warm wood and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on to the water, it’s altogether earthy and welcoming. Extra love for the two-sided stone fireplace in the living area and the outdoor living space. (It has 2600 square feet of deck!)
It’s not hard to find a mid-century property in Nashville, but it isn’t every day that you find one this large, this unique and with this much original character. You can tell from the front door that a lot of bold inspiration went into the fine details here in Chickering Hills. From the luan paneling and total Mad Men home bar to a spectacularly cool, angular copper fireplace, the vintage design touches stand out. In the kitchen, the cabinets look newer, but there’s no wallflowering here either — you get a bright sheen and big pop of green.
When you get into the upper echelon, price-wise, custom architecture is more prevalent. But it’s still not that easy to find one of these: a property designed by Nashville architect Robert Anderson, renowned for distinctive modern homes, built mostly in the ’70s. His trademarks are all over this beautiful Franklin space — ample windows that bring the landscape (17-plus gorgeous acres) into the home, wide-open spaces, sharp angles. And the way it’s perched right on the water… totally breathtaking.
Are you looking for a home that has its own unique personality? We love that kind of challenge! Let’s talk about what you’re envisioning, and start on the path to finding your dream home.