Two of the most extravagant homes on the market sit adjacent to one another in Westhaven, each perched on prime lots, overlooking the stunning landscape that forms this one-of-a kind master planned community in Franklin. In the distance, beautiful blue sky seemingly blends into the picturesque hills dotted with tall trees as far as the eye can see.
Yet, beautiful scenery and fine craftsmanship aren’t the only things these two exquisite, custom-built homes have in common. A pair of siblings lives in each property.
“Ellen called her sister, Lola and their mother, Reta, after she fell in love with Westhaven and said it was a perfect community for all of us,” recalls Terry, Ellen’s husband. “The past nine years have passed very quickly as we’ve watched Westhaven grow and the Town Center become home to healthcare, shops and restaurants,” he adds.
321 Morning Mist Lane, owned by Terry and Ellen, took three years to build. The four level masterpiece sits on more than one acre of private land, with a spacious 9,182 square feet on the interior, including a finished lower level that’s a dream come true.
“We didn’t want to build a house, we wanted to build a home. A home with an ‘Old World’ feel and environmentally friendly technology,” explains Terry.
“When we first met with our architect, Noelle Schimeck, we told her we wanted a Victorian style and we mentioned a few elements we wanted the home to include: spacious wraparound porches, a turret, garage space for four cars, a Porte cochere, a large screened porch, foam insulation and geothermal heating and cooling,” he explains.
Everything about 321 Morning Mist is high-end and custom, as you will notice upon entering the all-brick porch featuring Pennsylvania Blue Stone pavers. The amazing millwork throughout this 5 bedroom, 4-1/2 bedroom beauty is apparent. The floor plan is open, yet dotted with intimate, private rooms just where you’d like them to be. You’ll appreciate the 12-foot ceilings and large windows that allow abundant light to filter in.
The warm feeling is maintained throughout the home, with two fireplaces, arched entryways, site finished custom cabinetry, timeless lighting fixtures and gorgeous hardware accenting each space.
321 Morning Mist also includes some contemporary touches such as a spacious screened-in porch with flagstone flooring and rustic stone fireplace, lovely outdoor living spaces with breathtaking views, a formal living room with coffered ceiling, and a gorgeous open-concept kitchen that connects to an exquisite but functional great room. Family and friends will enjoy gathering here for the holidays – or any day.
“We like to cook and our gourmet kitchen is the perfect place to do it, but restaurants in the Town Center are great for the times when the cook wants a break,” Terry notes.
321 Morning Mist Lane is listed at $2,895,000.
It’s sister property at 407 Wild Elm Street, owned by Lola and Reta, is also spectacular, featuring two expansive verandas on its exterior, allowing one to take complete advantage of the gorgeous views of Franklin and beyond. It features lovely gardens and lighted landscaping which emphasizes its two expansive porches at nighttime.
The interior of 407 Wild Elm includes a generous 6,172 square feet spanning three levels with 4 bedrooms – including two master’s — and 3-1/2 baths.
Large, bright windows and spacious rooms that are connected by welcoming, arched doorways accent its open floor plan. The generously sized kitchen includes a wonderful mix of stained and painted cabinetry. A well-planned space, the kitchen conveniently connects to the dining room, breakfast room and family room that are anchored by a stone fireplace. The rooms are uniquely open, but subtly separated so that privacy is not lost.
“I shared design ideas with Noelle Schimeck from previous homes, from home shows, from magazines, and from our decorator, Christie Standley, “ says Lola. “The home’s open stairway from the first to third floors, the wide paneled archways from the foyer into the music and dining rooms, the reproduction of an antique mantel and antique lights from Preservation Station, the circular stair to the Belvedere — all were items on my wish list.”
Like its sister house next door, 407 Wild Elm includes upscale lighting fixtures and classic hardware – with fine touches like coffered ceilings and convenient built-ins that look like hand-made furniture.
“Christie also helped with finishing touches like the fireplace mantels on the screened porches of both our homes, preserved from the wood of an old church. Of course aesthetics is only one part, and Terry steered us toward foam insulation and geothermal heating and cooling,” adds Lola.
In addition, a screened-in porch with fireplace, beadoard ceiling and unique paver flooring is featured at the rear of the home, surrounded by impeccable landscaping. It‘s the perfect setting in any type of weather!
407 Wild Elm Street is listed at $1,699,000.
Both families are moving a little further Northeast to be closer to relatives.
“The beautiful architecture, landscaping, and lakes drew us to Westhaven, but the convenience of the Kroger grocery store, restaurants, and other businesses in the community also makes it unique,” says Terry. “Westhaven is a great place to walk and explore, and offers neighborhood activities that celebrate the rich musical heritage of Nashville and the talented artists who call Westhaven home.”
Moving to a home in Westhaven is made even easier with the many services and amenities this friendly community offers, including:
- Westhaven Golf Club
- 15,000 sq. ft. Resident’s Club
- 3 Resort-style Pools including 119’ Waterslide and a Sprayground
- Heated, salt-water adult lap pool
- Tennis courts
- Fitness Center
- Drop-in Daycare
- Game Room & Movement Room
- Art Center
- Banquet Hall
- Movie Theater
- 800 acres of green space including parks, playgrounds and walking trails
- Westhaven Lake
- Westhaven Town Center with businesses and services within community – New Kroger Store
- Restaurants, shops and businesses located at front of community
- Sidewalks on both sides of tree-lined streets
- Miles of paved walking/biking trails
321 Morning Mist Lane and 407 Wild Elm Street are zoned for Pearre Creek Elementary, Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School and Independence High.
For more information, or to contact Lisa Cahalan, Broker with Westhaven Realty, click here. The Westhaven Realty office is located at 1001 Westhaven Blvd., Suite 100, Franklin 37064. You can reach Lisa at 615-599-1764, (c) 615-828-8782 and 615-599-1763 (fax).