LOCATION: Nashville, TN
SIZE: 5,751 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Since Your Mama was, so to speak, down in Nashville yesterday dissin' and discussin' the real estate doings of country music's reigning king and queen Tim McGraw and Faith Hill we figured we'd stay camped out in the Music City environs where—we learned from The Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial—a dignified Neoclassical villa in an affluent, semi-rural suburb about 10 miles south of downtown Nashville (TN) was quietly scooped up in May (2013) by another couple of country music royals: Ronnie Dunn and his wife of 20+ years, Janine.
For nearly 25 years Mister Dunn was the Dunn half country music's esteemed and accoladed Brooks & Dunn duo who have earned a trophy shop's worth of industry awards including 17 CMAs, 26 ACMs, 3 AMAs, and 2 Grammys. For better and worse, the duo may still be best known for their twangy, 1992 single Boot Scootin' Boogie that, along with catchy ditties like Miley's daddy Billy Ray Cyrus's Achy Breaky Heart, reignited the line dancing craze that swept honky tonks from coast to coast in the 1990s. Misters Dunn and (Kix) Brooks parted professional ways a couple of years ago and Mister Dunn now pursues a solo career. His first solo single, Bleed Red, went to #10 on the Top 10 in 2011.
Readily accessible online resources reveal the stately estate was first listed in October 2011 with an aggressive asking price of $4,400,000. By early 2013 the official price tag had plummeted to $2.8 million before Mister and Missus Dunn came along and drove the final sale price down to $2,000,000.
Fun Fact: The 6.41 acre spread is surrounded on three sides, according to property records Your Mama peeped, by the sprawling, 130+ acre, multi-residence compound-estate of Philip Bredesen, a former healthcare/insurance industry tycoon who served as the mayor of Nashville throughout most of the 1990s and, from 2003-2011, as the governor of Tennessee.
The noble Neoclassical villa, an elegant red brick central pavilion symmetrically flanked by smaller, identical wings—sits 500 feet off the road down a picturesque tree-lined driveway and was designed, as per listing details, by noted Palm Beach (FL) architect John L. Volk. Listing information Your Mama perused goes on to indicate the house was built in 1948 for a well to do fella named Philip Kerrigan, a local master metalworker who owned an eponymous iron works that provided the ornamental iron detailing seen throughout the villa and gardens. The Kerrigan family sold the property to its current owners in June 1995 for $1.5 million, making Mister and Missus Dunn only the third owners of the property.
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Black and white checkered marble floors laid on the diagonal lend a formal elegance to the center hall entry. To the right there's a butch, wood-paneled study and straight ahead is a 33-foot long Grand Salon with rich wood floors, 12-foot ceilings, and a wood-burning fireplace. Pocket doors slip into the walls between the grand salon and the formal dining room and spectacular jib windows lift open to link the grand salon to a stone floored glass and iron conservatory that overlooks the gardens and broad lawn at the rear of the residence.
Your Mama's brief and unscientific research shows the venerated country music veteran and his long-time missus own a number of other residential properties including at least one condo in the hip and stylish Nashville nabe known as 12 South. Since 1996, when they bought it for $900,000, the Dunn's primary homestead in Nashville has been a 10,000+ square foot mansion with extensive equestrian facilities on 16 (mostly landscaped) acres about 10 miles south of downtown and in 2007, according to property records, Mister and Missus Dunn spent an unknown amount of money for a large, southwestern-contemporary residence in Santa Fe, NM.
listing photos: Pilkerton Realtors (via Zillow)