Inside Nashville's 15 Million Dollar Home
A Belle Meade mansion takes luxury to new heights. (Jan 2014)
Written By: Brian Barry
As the rest of the country catches up, the Nashville real estate market is booming. The evidence lies in the ultra-high-end luxury market, where sales are more competitive than ever: In Davidson County, there currently are more than 150 million-dollar homes on the market, while Williamson County boasts almost 200.
Of course, there is real estate… and then there are real estates. Priced at $14.9 million, this Belle Meade mansion will be one of the largest properties to exchange hands in Nashville when it sells. A true masterpiece, the home is situated on two acres and spreads out over 16,000 square feet—feeling like a fine boutique hotel. Architect Ron Farris designed the manse in a Palladian neo-classical style and builder Hugh Smalley took four years to construct it, finishing in 2008. The steel-frame home’s exterior is bricked, then coated in stucco and hand-cut limestone accents, and topped with a barrel tile roof, which is rare for the area. The grounds are perfectly manicured, and every stone terrace is heated to extend the outdoor entertaining season. Even the entrance is a showstopper: Guests are greeted by a stunning loggia. To be expected in a structure of this stature, every imaginable amenity is included—an elevator, chandelier lifts, a 10,000-bottle wine cellar. But modern touches aside, the house retains a stately, old-world elegance.
Photos by David Boyer and Bruce Cain.