December 22, 2013Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Ranch Charmer in Nashville, TN
By Eartha Kitsch
This week’s home is one of those houses that just kind of eats at my poor little ranch loving heart. Mister Kitsch and I spent a good part of the Summer looking for a quaint little ranch in a cheaper price range. We had a list of what we wanted: all original + knotty pine kitchen AND den+ sweet tile baths + awesome basement + friendly street. Towards the end of the Summer, we went to an estate sale and just fell in love with the little house that we saw. We even left our contact info in case the owner wanted to sell. We never heard back and sooner or later, our opportunity to sell our current house slipped us by. Then this week, a near carbon copy of that house came up for sale on the very same street, a little too late. Same yellow cracked ice counter tops and built-ins and awesome basement as the estate sale house that we loved, more than likely built by the same builder in the fifties.
This home is located at 811 Mitchell Road in Nashville, Tennessee. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and is a total of 2041 square feet. It was built in 1955 and is listed with Fridrich & Clark Realty. From the listing:
Owned by one family! New garage door & opener in 11/2013. Upstairs HVAC in 2006. Electric panel & water line to street-2006. Roof replaced 1998. Fabulous lot with mature trees! Alarm system. Built-ins in rec room. Basement bedroom has partial cedar closet.
Okay, let’s take a look inside while I cry silent tears, shall we?
Bathroom with Built-in Vanity
Basement / Recreation Room
Exterior and Yard
Okay, so what did y’all think? Keep in mind that I am a knotty pine addict so all of that knotty pine? DREAM. Did you notice how all of the pine had been retained and not a single door or molding had been painted over? Completely rare around here. This home is 100% original fixtures and decor. I could rip that carpet up, remove that dishwasher and live happily ever after.
I hope that someone gets this home that will love it like the Mister and I would. I hope that they walk in and say, “This is the one!” and preserve it for at least another fifty eight years. This is the kind of house that comes to mind when I see what a gut-happy and tear-down society we are. Houses like these have served families for may decades and have been loved and maintained and just keep going and serving and working. Families have loved them and maintained them and it shows, just like in this little ranch.
All over Nashville a lot of great little cottages and ranches have been completely torn down to put up newer and cheaply made infill homes that never seem to match their quaint historic surroundings. They sit there, jutting against the sky and jarring the flow of perfectly wonderful old streets. Why do we tear down and gut and renovate solid houses that will be happy to provide for us like they have the families before us? This was a one-owner home and now it sits waiting for the the second owner – and the verdict: Will it be bought and treasured? I hope that it will.