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Hidden behind a line of sprawling hemlocks lies a quaint, two-story cottage in the center of one of Brentwood’s busiest residential areas. From the front, the nearly 7,000-square-foot five bedroom, seven bathroom residence appears rather small. However, the classic two-story actually extends well beyond its façade and is surrounded by more than four acres of land.
For owner Trisha Yearwood, who purchased the abode in 2000 and put it on the market this spring, the estate is the perfect blend of vintage charm and modern convenience—the former owners, an architect and a designer, signed it over to the three-time Grammy winner in pristine condition. With the exception of changing some paint colors, the house was move-in-ready.
Refurbished wood floors, high ceilings, and decorative crown molding showcase the home’s historical roots. According to records, it sits on a former 717-acre plantation that was granted to Revolutionary War hero, philanthropist, and Methodist preacher Colonel Green Hill in 1779. Yearwood’s cottage was built on the property in the 1920s and later became the home of well-known Tennessean editor Edward D. Ball, who was the first American newsman to cross the Rhine River with General George Patton. Eventually, the couple who sold it to Yearwood added onto it.
“From the front […] it looks like a charming little cottage,” Yearwood says. “Then you keep driving down the side of the house and it just keeps going. It looks very unassuming and really quaint, but it’s a good-sized house.”
The residence reflects Yearwood’s personality, too—comfortable, Southern, modest, and warm. And it’s no surprise that the kitchen is the Food Network host’s favorite room. (Contrary to an online report, this kitchen was not used as a set for Trisha’s Southern Cooking—the show has been shot in location kitchens in Nashville and Tulsa for its four seasons.) Through the years, the home has served as the backdrop for numerous photo and video shoots as well as family gatherings. The cover and interior photos for Yearwood’s two New York Times best-selling cookbooks were shot at the house, and most recently, she filmed a Hellmann’s mayonnaise commercial here.
“I don’t have anything but really wonderful memories of living in [this] house,” Yearwood says. She recalls long weekends when her sister’s family came to visit, marked by afternoons in the pool with her nephews. Many holidays have also been celebrated here, bringing her family together around her dining room table.
There’s a small gathering space just off the kitchen and a breakfast nook, which, before it went on the market, was another one of Yearwood’s havens. She says she spent many evenings in that room decompressing from her hectic schedule. Boasting skylights and large fans, it’s a light-filled escape. Yearwood is busy preparing for new episodes of her cooking show and putting the finishing touches on a third cookbook. While she and Brooks are officially Oklahoma residents, they spend quite a bit of time in Music City. With Brooks’ youngest daughter heading to college in the fall, Yearwood says the couple intends to spend even more time in Nashville to focus on their music careers. In the coming months, that might mean working on a brand-new album that she’s been cultivating for the last two years.
“There’s a record that I’ve been working on [...] and I’d love to get it finished,” she says. “There’s a lot going on, but it’s all good stuff.”
For more information about this home, contact Mary Beth Thomas of Fridrich Clark Realty, firstname.lastname@example.org.