Reese Witherspoon Scores Nashville Fixer

With her California home on the market, will the Oscar-winning actress leave Hollywood for this traditional fixer in her home state?

Photo courtesy Zillow The home's entrance features a grand staircase, refinished oak floors and fresh paint.

“Why do Southern women make bad prostitutes,” asks Reese Witherspoon. “Because we have to write so many thank you notes.”

With numerous leading roles and an Oscar win under her belt, Witherspoon certainly conquered Hollywood, but deep down she’s a sweet Southern girl with one foot in Music City. As a matter of fact, it was her portrayal of country crooner and former Nashville resident June Carter Cash in 2005’s Walk the Line that snagged her the golden statue. She even named her son with second husband Jim Toth after her home state of Tennessee. 

So, it makes perfect sense to us that when a good deal on a great home came up that Witherspoon would seize the opportunity to buy it. The 1930s home was originally built by a prominent Nashville family and then purchased by a couple intent on seeing the home restored. They went as far as to refinish the oak floors, tear out an outdated kitchen and give the interior a fresh coat of paint before throwing in the towel. They listed the home for $2.1 million and put a deed restriction on the home on the 3,855-square-foot home, meaning that the next owners could not tear it down.

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

Witherspoon purchased the four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom house for $1.9 million reportedly with the intent of restoring the home. The white brick traditional has a stately double-wide entry flanked by a formal living room and adjacent dining room. We love the wood-paneled library/study and the bright breakfast room with built-in corner cupboards. The bedrooms upstairs are spacious and also boast refinished oak floors.

Outside, the home sits on six and a half acres, a rarity for the area known as Oak Hill. The property also has a midcentury-style pool house in need of TLC, an in-ground pool and a quaint stream nearby. The Tennessee Governor’s Mansion is located just down the road as well as the mansion of Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry darling Minnie Pearl, which is now owned by Matthew Followill of Kings of Leon. Other famous neighbors include Ronnie Milsap and Martina McBride.  

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