There are plenty of beautiful, expansive luxury homes in Nashville, but none quite like the “Fountain House,” at 5353 Hillsboro Pike — once the area’s largest estate, and still one of Nashville’s most awe-inspiring properties.
The 18,000-square-foot home, which hit the MLS again recently (via French King Fine Properties), was built in the late ’80s, inspired by classic French chateau design — classic stone, prominent pilaster columns, elegant dormers, dramatic arches, gorgeous parterre formal garden out in front… It has everything you might want in a French countryside escape, just set here in Nashville, on almost 10 acres in the Green Hills area.
Through the years, that design’s earned the home lots of deserved attention — most recently from the TV drama Nashville, which tapped the Fountain House to serve as the opulent home of imaginary pop star Jade St. John, played by real pop star Christina Aguilera.
There’s good reason location scouts saw the property as a good stand-in for a megastar’s home: The property is as impressive as they come, with just about every conceivable luxury: a crystal blue in-ground pool and spa, tennis court, wine cellar, fitness space, seven-car garage, golf tee box, even an in-law quarters set up like a home-within-a-home, including a kitchen, bath and three bedrooms.
On the interior front, word is the home was initially imbued with the bigger-is-better aesthetic of the age in which it was built. But a handful of years back, owners Greg and Collie Daily launched a massive renovation project, bringing in nationally known, Alabama-bred and Nashville-based designer Chad James to reinvent the space and nix the ’80s details.
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The Fountain House is just one of many high-profile home-design projects helmed by Chad James — among the more talked-about lines on his resume: work on a Williamson County home, guest house and party barn for country superstar Luke Bryan, plus a Florida retreat for the “Most People Are Good” singer.
Elle Decor featured James’ work on the Fountain House, noting that the designer was aiming to meet the owners’ hopes for timeless interiors that managed to incorporate and blend contemporary art and fine antiques.
A tall order, but Chad James and his associates delivered over the 18-month redesign, with an aesthetic that feels current and classic at the same time, and a reimagined space that’s open and inviting, but still feels upscale and appropriately formal.
Nearly every space has a stunning mix of textures and custom touches, from millwork to fabric to standout light fixtures.
A few favorite spaces: the elegant foyer; the glamorous great room, with its tall and textural wall and ceiling detail; the completely reworked kitchen, with luxury appliances, clean lines, shiplap-inspire details and a wow-worthy statement fixture; and the master bath, redesigned to bring the leafy exterior inside.
Take a look at more photos and details about the Fountain House, at 5353 Hillsboro Pike, here. Even if you’re not looking for a home in the $11 million range, it’s a joy to ogle.
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Home pictured offered by French King Fine Properties, photos and details via MLS, not under agreement with ACRE and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.