Dream Project: Mid-century Modern

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Location: Belle Meade, Nashville, TN

Saturday morning, 3 cups of coffee, back in town after a long trip, first house tour with the 1 broker who has responded to my inquiry to find high-end flips. It’s so weird more brokers aren’t jumping to work with me (ha). We look at 4 potential projects in the prime neighborhoods of Belle Meade and Green Hills.

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My heart melts when we get to the last. Of course it’s the most expensive on the list (It’s like shoes-why do the perfect ones have to cost so much?). We pull up to the home sitting on an acre at the end of the no-through street. It has modern bones, and belongs in Hollywood in 1960.

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The inside is a time warp. Glamorous times were spent here, it is so hip that 40 years later it still works! Carrera marble countertops, parquet floors, mid-century light fixtures, a black marble fireplace & bar. The back yard is expansive, with plenty of patio space and clean pool/pool house.

I am in love with the layout, nothing needs to be changed. I am used to having to knock down walls, and do huge additions. This just needs to be refinished and cleaned-up. It could be restored to its’ original glamour.

It is perfect…. Except it is way over my budget for what I wanted to start with: $1.2M. The sale numbers make sense with the amount of work that needs to be done. I am putting in an offer, and will do what every developer does: try to figure it out.

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