Listing of the Day
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Price: $5.5 million
How do you make a honeymoon last forever? For the sellers of this Knoxville, Tenn., mansion, the answer was simple: build a house inspired by the trip.
Upon returning from a postnuptial tour of Tuscany, the couple found an unfinished house on the banks of Fort Loudon Lake. The home was nearing completion, so they hired Knoxville architect Scott Harrop to make some last-minute alterations to its design—changes inspired by the time they’d spent in Italy.
Mr. Harrop built an addition near the main entrance. He also designed a turret with a basement wine cellar, as well as a low stone wall that formed a courtyard at the front of the home.
Nashville interior designer Landy Gardner was commissioned to replicate the sun-bleached tones and layered walls typical of old Tuscan homes—houses that have been in the same family for generations, where furniture and art have accumulated over centuries.
“As a luxury real estate agent, I see a lot of beautiful homes, and sometimes they all sort of run together,” said listing agent Debbie Elliott-Sexton of Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty. “But every once in a while, one house comes along, and you think, oh, this is fun!”
The 12,500-square-foot home has eight bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three partial baths, including a basement guest suite that opens onto a private deck.
The collaboration among the sellers, Mr. Harrop and Mr. Gardner caught the eye of Tuscan Style magazine, which featured the home in its spring/summer 2015 issue.
In addition to the wine cellar, the home features a game room and a media room “that makes you feel like you’re in a Regal Cinema theater,” Ms. Elliott-Sexton said.
Outside, terraces built for entertaining surround the home. The backyard includes an infinity-edge swimming pool as well as a pool house with a bathroom, fireplace and outdoor kitchen.
There’s also a 70-foot boat slip with storage on the lake.
Situated west of downtown Knoxville, the suburb of Sequoyah Hills is affluent and in demand. It’s also a treasure trove of homes designed by noteworthy 20th-century architects. The lakefront is known for its wealth of trees—oaks, crape myrtles, azaleas, redbuds and dogwoods—and is conveniently located near the historic Cherokee Country Club.
Agent: Debbie Elliott-Sexton, Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty
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