The Red House, located on Third Avenue North in downtown Franklin, has hosted an array of weddings, events, and even some celebrities parties for John Mayer and Keith Urban.

Now the property is on the market for $3.8 million.

The Red House was built in 1874 by Robert Bradley for his daughter and her husband, W. E. & Ann Winstead. Over the past 140 years, the home has been a residence, counseling center,  a recording studio and after Ed and Laura Hill purchased it in 2007, it became a place to gather for weddings and events.  It is located just one block from the square in historic downtown Franklin.

Over the years, Laura says they’ve received offers over the years for the property, but the timing wasn’t right until now.

“Over the years we have had many interested buyers approach us about purchasing Red House -particularly for ‘Farm to Table’ type restaurants. We have also been approached by some wishing to lease Red House for an art gallery, office space, and retail. At the time we didn’t want to sell and we would do much better as a venue as opposed to leasing,” said Hill.

“Now, with the expansion of the new hotel and the rapid growth of Franklin we feel that this is the time to sell to a prospective buyer seeking a very high profile location one block from the downtown square.”

The Red House has served a popular spot for many over the years, and Laura and Ed are very fond of downtown Franklin.

Hill said, “It has been a successful venue for many years now, and we have loved being a part of Historic Franklin. We have other interests for the future, and we want to pursue them. Any business will find success at 138 Third Ave N- we have proven to be a very popular and well -received venue. It’s a beautiful place.”

But for now,  it’s business as usual for the couple. They will continue to run The Red House until the right offer comes along.

“So we put it out there, we aren’t in a hurry, we just want to see what comes our way,” said Hill.

Take a look at the listing here. Currently, the space is 3,000 square feet with plans to expand to 6,000 square feet that will be made available to the buyer.


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