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They painted the home's interior, refinished the hardwood floors and ripped out the outdated kitchen and laundry room, said listing agent Hal Rosson.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.