SELLERS: Pat and Shirley Boone
LOCATION: Nashville, TN
SIZE: 13,729 square feet, 9 bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: As we first learned from The Bizzy Boys at Celebrity Address Aerial, just before legendary music industry crooner Pat Boone, now 80, heaved his Beverly Hills estate up for sale on the open market at $18.499 million in late October he concurrently and quietly sold a 13,729-square-foot mansion in Nashville, TN, for $1.6 million.
For all the young children out there, Mister Boone was a wholesome and wildly popular entertainer in the 1950s; Once upon a time a young Elvis Presley opened for him. In the 1960s he and his family toured as a gospel group, in the late 1990s he released an album of heavy metal covers — that’s right, butter beans, heavy metal covers, and in more recent years he’s become known as a card carrying member of the Beverly Hills Tea Party and an outspoken, Obama-rejecting conservative political commentator. But, anyways, professions and politics aside…
Property records and other online documentation show Mister Boone, who grew up in Nashville, and his spouse of 60-plus years, Shirley, only purchased the estate in the leafy Green Hills area southwest of downtown Nashville in February 2013 for $1.7 million. The couple almost immediately caught a classic case of The Celebrity Real Estate Fickle and flipped the property back on the market just a couple months later for $2.15 million. The price dropped to $1.85 million before it was taken off the market and re-listed in late August (2014) at $1.95 million. It quickly sold but for $350,000 less than the asking price and, even more importantly to their pocketbook, $100,000 less than they paid.
Listing details are somewhat slim but marketing photographs show a hulking and architecturally humdrum red brick manse on 1.33 gated and landscaped acres with nine bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms and at least half a dozen fireplaces. A center hall with inlaid, herringbone pattern wood floors is flanked by formal living and dining rooms, both dressed with billowing and tasseled draperies liberally puddled on the wood floors. A colossal country kitchen has a low and muscular coffered ceiling massive, an extra-long angled center island with integrated snack counter, an informal eating space and a den area with fireplace. Listing photos show a handful of additional and remarkably large living and entertaining spaces of unknown purpose as well as a fully fitted home theater with bulky black leather recliners and dark and downright decoratively disturbing salmon colored walls that Your Mama can only hope the new owners will change to something less aggressive.
The back of the U-shaped mansion wraps tightly around three sides of the backyard that, frankly, isn’t particularly big for a 1.3-acre-plus spread but does include plenty of brick accented concrete terracing, a swimming pool backed by a tumble of (possibly faux) boulders, and an elevated spa. Most of the grounds are, instead, located at the front and side of the house where a broad lawn and double-gated circular drive are shaded by mature trees.