Reese Witherspoon Buys Historic Nashville Fixer-Upper Home

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By Emily Heffter

Southern belle and Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon plans to renovate a historic house she bought last month in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. The home was built by a prominent Nashville family, and when it came on the market last year, local automobile scion and GOP donor Lee Beaman and his wife, Kelley Beaman, wanted to save it from being torn down and replaced by a mega-mansion. So they bought it and did some basic maintenance.

They painted the home's interior, refinished the hardwood floors and ripped out the outdated kitchen and laundry room, said listing agent Hal Rosson. "It just seemed a shame that so many of these nice homes are being torn down," Rosson said. "They felt like they would like to save the house."

The Beamans put a deed restriction on the home, barring the next owner from replacing it. And Witherspoon bought the four-bedroom, 3.5-bath, 3,855-square-foot home for $1.95 million, through a trust, in July.

The stately white home sits at the end of a long driveway on a 6.5-acre flat lot in the upscale Oak Hill area. The Tennessee governor's mansion is "around the corner," Rosson said.


The home has an elegant staircase, three fireplaces and a paneled library, but needs major renovations. Listing photos show the stripped kitchen, with wallpaper and flooring missing and appliances gone altogether.

There's a small poolside guesthouse, and a stream runs through the middle of the property.

Witherspoon, whose parents live in the Nashville area, put her Los Angeles-area estate on the market earlier this year for $10.5 million, Variety reported.

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wajguy

good luck

August 22 2014 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

hey Reese, I'll restore it for you....hit me up on facebook...

August 22 2014 at 6:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ginny

Beauty of a house, restore it to its former glory please!

August 22 2014 at 6:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred

Let someone else fix it up then buy it. It's way cheaper that way.

August 22 2014 at 5:53 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
muscle3332007

It's a great old house. I expected it to be cheaper since they were talking about tearing it down. I wonder what the kitchen looks like?

August 22 2014 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Timothy

Reese, you have purchased a beautiful old estate. With some work, it will be more beautiful than it is now. I think Nashville is a much better place than La,La land. Work when you want and enjoy the rest. Tim

August 22 2014 at 3:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
olddon48

Other than the kitchen, this house is a lot nicer than the dump I live in.
I could live there very easily.

August 22 2014 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jazandrissa

By the looks of Ms Witherspooon needs to redue to "roots"

August 22 2014 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rwhug

What?

August 22 2014 at 6:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
hog5150

Awesome home! I would like to be the lawn man and pool boy!

August 22 2014 at 2:23 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
YourFtr

Love Reeses to Pieces !!

August 22 2014 at 1:44 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply