By KERRI BARTLETT When Nolensville residents Michael and Shelley Davis fell in love with the design of the 2004 HGTV Dream Home, they were determined to track down the architect so that they could start making their dream of owning a spacious, casual, beachy home in the middle of scenic Nolensville come true. Once the couple found the architect who designed the original HGTV home located on the coast in St. Mary’s, Georgia, they began their journey toward the completion of the home of their dreams.
When Nolensville residents Michael and Shelley Davis fell in love with the design of the 2004 HGTV Dream Home, they were determined to track down the architect so that they could start making their dream of owning a spacious, casual, beachy home in the middle of scenic Nolensville come true. Once the couple found the architect who designed the original HGTV home located on the coast in St. Mary’s, Georgia, they began their journey toward the completion of the home of their dreams.
“When we saw the land in Nolensville, we fell in love with it,” Michael said. “It is like a big park- a raw natural setting.”
The 25-acre wooded property with magnificent views located at 2024 Parker Hollow used to be part of a farm. A barn, pond and dug well still rest on the grounds, which can be accessed by a private road. The 5,623 sq. ft. home in addition to a large finished basement offers four bedrooms and five and a half baths and is listed at $1,275,000.
Real estate broker and property agent Greg Cooley, owner of Chateau Properties, said that Nolensville is one of the best-kept secrets in luxury real estate.
“Nolensville is going to be a hot spot for luxury homes,” Cooley said.
He explained that five to eight years ago, people began building large luxury homes in the area due to the beauty of the land, scenic views, lot availability and affordability. Now that market is just starting to list their properties for sale.
“No one thought of Nolensville as an area that offered luxury homes because people were still living in them, but now some are just becoming available,” Cooley said. He also explained that the area is easily accessible to other parts of town, and is just 15 minutes from Cool Springs and 30 minutes from downtown Nashville and the airport. The opening of state route 840 has also helped the area to become more accessible to various parts of the county.
The Davis’ have enjoyed the location.
“One can live in the country and not have a long commute,” Michael said. “It’s easy to get to the big lights in the big city but enjoy the country. You get the best of both worlds. I can spend a night in the city at the Schermerhorn or a Titans game, but when I pull into my driveway, and I might as well be on vacation.”
That feeling has never worn off for Davis after six years of living in the home.
“There are very few chances that people get to look up and see the stars clearly. You don’t get the city lights with Starbucks or 7-11’s,” he said.
The custom home, completed in 2006, is the couple’s fifth home.
“We are explorers of sorts,” Michael said.
In addition to the wilderness, the couple loves the beach, so the home depicts a Nautical look in design accented with round windows resembling a porthole and is equipped with vaulted ceilings and plenty of larger windows positioned to admire the beauty of the home’s natural surroundings.
“It sounds strange to build a beach home in Middle Tennessee, but we liked the floor plan and loved the beauty of the 25 acres in Nolensville,” Michael said.
Abundant wildlife is frequently spotted on the sprawling acreage.
“It’s common to see deer and a flock of turkey depending on the season,” Michael said.
With every detail planned, the home faces southwest which protects it from direct sunlight, ideal for keeping temperatures moderate with solar heating and cooling system, which keeps electric bills low.
Features such as 8 ft. doors and soaring ceilings provide an openness that the Davis have coveted and enjoyed when entertaining. Michael, who has worked in the construction industry for 20 years, shared that his favorite design feature is the 8-ft. wide entry hall that lines the middle of the home, which he said feels like a gallery. The home is great for entertaining and has hosted a wedding. Michael said he loves to open all doors to the porches and decks in the summertime to give guests access to outdoor space.
Another signature feature is the tower located on the peak of the home.
“You can get your coffee and go to the tower,” he said, where 360-degree views of the beautiful 25-acres and beyond provide unforgettable scenes during all seasons.
Eleven windows enclose the 16 x 16 room illuminated by natural light with a four foot wide surrounding deck.
“It’s like being in a tree house,” Michael said.
Seeing snow blanket the landscape for miles or the leaves change colors in the fall as well as the sight of amazing sunsets and sunrises any day of the week provide daily awe and inspiration.
The Davis’ are planning yet another home of their dreams. However, this time, the style and concept represents the total opposite of their current laidback, casual beach style in the country. The couple longs for an ultra-modern, contemporary home.
“It’s time for a change. We have one more in us,” Michael said.
The Nolensville property held a preview party in December and was listed on Jan. 1.