It’s not exactly the stuff of roadside diners and pickup trucks. In fact, country music star Alan Jackson’s immense Nashville-area home, which has just hit the market for $23 million, is perhaps more suited to the CEO who manufacturers the pickup trucks than the cowboy-booted, Stetson-wearing guy who drives one.
Currently the most expensive listing in the rapidly inflating Nashville/Williamson County area, the Franklin, Tenn., home measures in at a whopping 22,000-ish square feet with 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. The lavishly appointed stone manor, the land for which was purchased in 2009 for $795,000, was designed by architect Ron Farris and completed in 2011. The house sits on four hilltop acres surrounded by manicured gardens and shielded by 120 acres of woodland that offer the Tennessee troubadour some stunning scenery.
The highly secured residence is decidedly more castle than the average private home, with a cobblestone driveway and an elaborate labyrinth of stone walls, arches, iron gates and carefully clipped hedges surrounding the entrance. There’s enough wood to populate a forest in the grand foyer, which is but a small taste of the baronial opulence to come: Yards and yards of shiny dark hardwood floors, more archways than a medieval monastery and wrought iron railings that swirl around the curving staircases like the chicanes at Le Mans. In addition to the formal living room, with its giant carved stone fireplace that looks like it could have been ripped out of a French chateau, there are several other less formal but no less extravagant lounges, one anchored by a huge fireplace and another wrapped in lustrous wood paneling with French doors to the gardens.
With a fluttering of faux French Renaissance frills, the wallpapered dining room has ornate chairs covered in rose velvet and a Rococo chandelier that matches a couple of wall sconces. Gently bent wood beams line the coved ceiling in the colossal double-island gourmet kitchen that basks in banks of dark wood cabinets, some with leaded glass fronts. A home theater with tiered seating in chunky leather recliners is one of the few rooms in the house that isn’t dripping with Old World-inspired opulence.
The dark wood is abated in the dreamy, cream-colored master suite that offers a private sitting room and towering arched windows that open to small Juliet balconies. The master bathroom is more of the same with pale beige polished marble floors and alabaster-hued drapes. A soaking tub floats in the center of the room with a view of the woods through arched French doors.
Outside, the quarry’s worth of stone it took to construct this place is on display, from the fireplaces, arched loggias, idyllic pool and pool house, to the aircraft hanger sized garage that’s capable of accommodating 15 cars.
Jackson is one of country music’s most successful artists. He’s sold 75 million records worldwide andpicked up two Grammys and 16 Country Music Awards in the process. The spoils of his success have allowed him to invest heavily in Nashville-area real estate, selling another mansion in 2010 for $28 million after initially listing it for $38 million. The crooner also owns 84 undeveloped acres outside of Nashville that he purchased for $3.6 million in 2017.
Rick French with French King Fine Properties has the listing.