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September 22, 2013

Won’t You Be My Neighbor – An Artistic Vision In Nashville, TN

By Eartha Kitsch

This week’s house is a bit of a flashback post because the house is already sold. No, not to worry –  I don’t intend to show you all posts of houses that have already closed (we’d have to call this series something like “Wouldn’t you have been my neighbor?” instead!) but this one is quite special – especially for Nashville. It did my heart proud to know that it exists!

The home belonged to the late artist Sylvia Hyman. She was a teacher and a well-known grande dame of the art world – a visual artist known mostly for her intricate sculptural pieces in clay.  I first learned of her when an artist friend revealed that Sylvia had asked her to make pottery with her ashes when she passed one day. I knew then that this was a lady that I wanted to learn more about! Unfortunately, Sylvia died a couple of days shy of Christmas last year at the age of ninety five. Her house sold four months later and this weekend, the new owner was having a bit of a carport sale. I didn’t get to go to the sale but thanks to my friend Brian for sending me the scoop! I hope that you will like this house as much as I do.


This home is located at 1112 Park Ridge Drive in Nashville, Tennessee. It sold for $715,000 with Zeitlin Realtors and has three bedrooms, three baths and 3,221 square feet. It was built in 1962 and sits on two acres. From the listing:

Walk through the front doors of this unique and wonderful home, step onto the vintage slate foyer and be transported back to 1960. All of the best of that era, in style and function, will be found in this extraordinary home. Floor to ceiling windows invite the outside in, with views of the surrounding hills and homes of lovely Chickering Hills. So many features of this house will be worth integrating into a design plan to suit today’s discerning buyer. Let your imagination realize the potential of this architectural gem!

After viewing the photos of this fantastic home, I truly do feel that I was transported back to the sixties! If only I could go back in time and buy it. Sigh.  But let’s take a look, shall we?




Living Room



Dining Room





Breakfast Room

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Dressing Area







And since today is the first day of Fall, a incredible view of the yard with the leaves changing!


I learned from the old listing that this home also has a full 1200 square foot heated basement that Sylvia used as her studio.

So what do you all think of the home? Can’t you just imagine living there and seeing all of the seasons changing through those large windows – especially the one on the living room ceiling?  What do you like about the home? Anyone want to go back to the sixties with me and snatch this place up?

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9 Responses to Won’t You Be My Neighbor – An Artistic Vision In Nashville, TN

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    September 22, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Please let me be the first one to sign up to go back to the 60s and snatch the house up…..whoa…..this place is simply stunning!

  2. Shawn Norton Reply

    September 22, 2013 at 10:29 am

    This house is Fantastic! My 6th grader is building a time machine–I will keep you posted on his progress! If it works properly, we will all jump in and head to the 60’s. After the estate sale I went to last weekend, I have enough vintage aprons and silky nighties/housecoats for all!!!

  3. Lassie Reply

    September 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    This house was just divine! Those huge glass walls/windows, the flooring, so clean and uncluttered. I could sit out on that balcony and take in the view…I love glum autumn almost as much as bright colorful autumn. Just glorious.

  4. Betty Crafter Reply

    September 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Dream house. *drool*

  5. Beth Reply

    September 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I’m the lone dissenter. There are lovely mid century touches here and there, and the view is spectacular, but I find the house too updated and rather cold-looking. Different strokes…

  6. amy Reply

    September 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    I am loving the lounge – so original. Pity the rest of the house has been updated. Loving the autumn colours too. It’s spring here in NZ so I’m wishing it was Fall here again. sigh.

  7. Dee Reply

    September 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    The setting is beautiful, and I’m sure an inspiration to Ms. Hyman. You know I love the poppin orange front doors. The living room is gorgeous – those fabulous views, but why canned lights? The bathrooms look mostly original (am I wrong?) and the modern windows are a nice touch (matching window in the dressing room – how nice, a dressing room! ). The den is cool, but more canned lights. And the terrace! Love the floor and the railing. Kitchen was updated, but that could be fixed. I vote it a winner! And what did they have for sale in their carport sale?!

  8. Andrea Reply

    September 24, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Oh, all those windows! Gorgeous!

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