I gasped audibly when my newsfeed told me that my virtual BFF’s Chip and Jo announced their last season of Fixer Upper. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with all of the home renovation shows and I’ve written about that a time or two, but Fixer Upper (and especially Joanna’s design prowess) is a show that really did have a tremendous impact on buyers and what they want in their newly purchased homes. So, deep sigh. We’ll have to learn to muddle along without them. Lucky for you, I know of a home that is FOR SALE right now and could have been designed by the Fixer Upper team. No, there are no barn doors (so over!), but there is a fantastic open floor plan, a soft gray and white palette and a simply stunning chef’s kitchen with a granite topped island as big as my bed!
From the moment you get your first glimpse of this cottage style home, you’ll understand my comparison to the Fixer Upper’s “after shots.” Why, yes… I AM ready to see my Fixer Upper and I’m wowed by the architectural embellishments, the covered front porch, the impeccable landscaping and the sleek clean lines of this sweet home. Far from actually being a Fixer Upper, this brand new home is the result of the brain trust at Legend Homes, a company I’ve had the privilege of working with for years. They’re creative, innovative, and committed to excellence. Their homes are – simply put — some of the best in town. They’ve built several homes in the Everbright neighborhood and their owner, Doug, just bought a home there! If that’s not a ringing endorsement, I don’t know what is. Beyond that, this home is situated walking distance from downtown Franklin. Located a block away from the public library and a half-mile from Five Points, Everbright simply can’t be beat when it comes to location. Living there means that a five-star dinner is a fifteen-minute stroll away, that running, hiking and biking trails are a hop, skip and a jump from your front door and that some of Tennessee’s best antiquing can be done by bicycle!
Continuing the tour indoors, you’ll find a railroad-style entryway that leads to the kitchen, breakfast room and great room with doorways leading to the master suite (swoon!) on one side and a main level secondary bedroom on the other. The entire downstairs is outfitted with richly stained hardwood floors that enhance the feeling of openness and connectedness. Passing the switchback staircase and a set of built-in bookshelves, you enter the expansive kitchen and WOW! It’s centered by an enormous granite topped island and furnished with brilliant white cabinetry (some with beaded-glass doors), a furniture style range hood and gleaming restaurant grade appliances. Please don’t even get me started on the light gray diamond tiled backsplash. I could write an entire blog post on that alone… suffice it to say that every single inch of this home has been planned to perfection with beautiful, high-end finishes. An atrium-like breakfast room boasts a coffered ceiling and access to the home’s backyard, outdoor living space and detached garage. The great room that extends naturally from the kitchen features a gas log fireplace and recessed lights and speakers.
The home includes five pristine bedrooms, two on the main level and two upstairs. The main level master is incredible with oversized crown molding and baseboards, windows with decorative transoms and a master bathroom to die for. I’m talking herringbone tiled floors, his and her vanities, a chic standalone tub and sleek stand-up shower. The huge walk-in closet is designed with custom shelves, racks, drawers, hooks and cubbies. The second bedroom on the main floor features an en-suite bathroom. Similarly, the upstairs bedrooms are equipped with private bathrooms and walk-in closets and are perfectly charming with their semi-vaulted ceilings, classic woodwork and soft gray carpeting. A bonus room located at the rear of the home rounds out the more than 3,800 square feet of living space… brand new, immaculate, untouched gorgeousness.
Last, but not least, the home also includes a backyard covered porch with a breezeway that leads to the two-story, two-car garage with boundless storage. And, because this property is part of the Everbright Community, you’ll have shared access to the community garden and the thriving, growing neighborhood that promises to only get better! Give me a minute (or a day) and I’ll happily show you the joys of life in the very heart of one of America’s favorite historic towns!