This week, we want to move in the opposite direction and look toward a personal favorite: historic homes in the Nashville area.
The members of the ACRE team have a long-held personal passion for reviving and renovating historic homes in Middle Tennessee, and we’re lucky, since our area has a lot to offer, from classic Victorians to homey bungalows and cool Craftsman charmers. Although the busy Nashville real-estate market means it’s getting harder to find a diamond in the rough, we do often come across historic homes in need of some love and devotion, and we frequently find already polished historic diamonds ready for their new families to move in.
We know we’re in good company in our appreciation of historic architecture and home design — not a day goes by that we don’t hear from a homebuyer who’s dreaming of their own piece of Nashville history, whether that’s in Historic Edgefield in East Nashville or historic Downtown Franklin.
So for those Nashville-area home buyers, we picked out some historic homes on the market now in the area, both to give a specific look at some options, and to give folks who might start looking later this year an idea of what the landscape looks like across Middle Tennessee. Hope you enjoy! (And let us know if we can help you find your perfect historic home in the area!)
700 Boscobel Street
Nashville, TN 37206
We love East Nashville for a lot of reasons, but the stately historic homes you’ll still find there — especially in Historic Edgefield — figure prominently. This 1899 property right in the heart of the neighborhood is a great example. There’s a fair share of updating inside, including an open kitchen, but the unmistakable historic details are all over the place, from the trim and transom windows to original doors and doorknobs. If this is close, but not quite it, we specialize in tracking down historic East Nashville charmers — call or email and fill us in on what you’re looking for.
14 Front St
Normandy, TN 37360
This longtime B&B is in Normandy, Tennessee, a little over an hour away from Nashville, between Manchester and Shelbyville. But that distance/commute definitely comes with its benefits — namely, the chance to own an 1894 Victorian, close to Normandy lake and overflowing with charm, for well under $100 a square foot. If you’ve been thinking about moving into the B&B world, this could be your opportunity. Or if you were hoping to settle into a cute, sleepy town and renovate your historic dream home… take a spin through the photos.
323 Garner St
Springfield, TN 37172
It wouldn’t be at all fair to call this 1920 home — about 30 miles north of Nashville in Springfield, Tennessee — a diamond in the rough. It’s not at all rough, even if the per-square-foot price is low enough that it makes you assume so. Still, there’s room to grow here — with just a little extra love, it has potential to be an all-out historic showplace. The home is huge, with almost 4,500 square feet, including 7 beds and 3 1/2 baths. And it’s clearly been well-loved, with original oak floors and lead-glass doors in great shape. A few flooring and wallpaper updates, bathroom and kitchen renos, and this’d be even more of a wow.
700 Prescott Court
Nashville, TN 37204
This circa-1875 Oak Hill home, ”Tulipwood,” is a real piece of Nashville history — it was part of the estate of judge John Overton (a famous advisor of president Andrew Jackson), and has Civil War roots. It also has 11-foot ceilings and original fireplaces and lots of other beautiful details, along with tasteful updates (including a large, open kitchen).
712 W Main St
Franklin, TN 37064
One of our favorite goldmines of historic architecture in Middle Tennessee: Historic Downtown Franklin. It’s a prized location, and justifiably so, with exceptional charm, highly rated schools, fantastic restaurants and shopping and more. So you don’t tend to find bargains there, but you do find stunning properties — like this circa-1920 home on W Main Street. It’s updated throughout (including a slick and sleek kitchen), but the renovations play up historic details, like multiple original fireplaces and beautiful clawfoot tubs.
5387 Lickton Pike
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Looking up a little north in Goodlettsville, three words capture this 1899 home: classic Southern elegance. It’s a sizable home, with just short of 4400 square feet, and it sits on a large and beautiful property — almost 7 acres, with tree-flanked privacy. It’d be a lovely place to live, but the business possibilities are significant too — B&B? Wedding destination? If you wanted country air but not a ton of distance from Nashville nightlife, the location’s hard to beat, too — it’s only about 15 miles from town.
Feeling inspired to get moving on your hunt for a historic home in the Nashville area? We’d love to help you! Call or email ACRE, and tell us about what you’re envisioning!
Listings via MLS, not under agreement with ACRE and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC, except where noted.