CURRENTLY VACANT AND RECENTLY DEEP CLEANED- This one-of-a-kind 6381 sq ft historic home that has been fully restored with the aim of maintaining its original character including period heart pine floors, pocket doors, exposed beams, 12ft ceilings among other period details and boasts 6 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms and a rich history
MAIN FLOOR- Oversized, commercial-grade kitchen with 48 Viking range, Sub-Zero fridge, carrera marble counters, walk-in pantry, and completely restored vintage 8×5 island procured from a factory in Ohio Kitchen has its own private porch and entrance to be used for catering & entertaining Bar room with Prohibition-era bar Period living room with restored period fireplace tile surround and exposed beams 1.5 baths Enormous great room with stunning architecture designed by Nashvilles own Manual Zeitlin with 26 ceilings and three 15 windows which, in addition to the natural light on the balance of the walls, sets the stage for an event of any kind Great room wired for 5.2 surround sound, 24 track audio capabilities, projection unit, dedicated circuits for lighting, and HDMI cables for multiple applications that run into closet. Mini-split heating/cooling units to allow for increased control of noise and temperature, 24-8 channel snake runs down to the studio room on lower level set up to track drums or strings
LOWER LEVEL-Double-insulated with rockwool insulation in ceilings and walls with additional sound strips in-between the 2 layers of drywall; studded double thick walls In-law quarters with kitchenette and separate entrance 2 full baths, one with washer/dryer hookup 3 sound-proofed recording/writing rooms wired for recording and data sharing Isolation booth that can be used for tracking vocals or guitars Editing suite with 24-channel snake wires Theater room with direct access to outside for load-in; wired for audio capture and data sharing with 2 different types of wiring, insulated double walls, 9.2 surround sound, multiple HMDI ports in ceiling and rear wall, dedicated mini split to control temperature and noise, which can also be used to track drums and other instruments Laptop and work stations throughout with plenty of room to spread out Refinished concrete floors and vintage industrial details throughout
TOP LEVEL-Completely new addition with new heart pine floors throughout Master suite with walk-in closet Master bath with walk-in shower, separate soaking tub, and marble counters Premium finishes throughout 2 additional bedrooms and 1 additional full bath.
THE HISTORY OF THE KING HOUSE
Established in the late 1950s, the King House, owned by Melvin and Hazel King, was a social hub for folks in the arts, entertainment, and business communities. Well-known for their social and civic activities, Melvin and Hazel were artists and entertainers in their own rite: ballroom dance instructors, sculptors, painters, stained-glass artists, actors, and educators.
Beyond their involvement in the arts, universities, and business, they were also very well-known for their parties. During the holiday season, Melvin and Hazel would host a half-dozen nightly sit-down dinners for up to 50 guests. Their annual Christmas parties and New Years parties saw up to 400 guests with a 7pm start time and a 6 am breakfast! The Kings parties were unique in that they included a racially and socioeconomically diverse group of people from all over.
Some of the stories of the King House parties were relayed to the current owners by their son Eddie before he passed away in 2018. One story recounts how Hazel insisted that one of her friends not only meet, but also danced with Oprah during one of their legendary Christmas parties. At another party, during the racial tensions of the 60s, a number of TSU students (then an exclusively African American University) arrived who had been protesting at the courthouse the day before. When the students made their way back to the food table, they came face-to-face with then Mayor Beverly Briley. One of the students told the Mayor they had been protesting the day prior, and had hoped to meet with him about the metro hiring practices. The mayor apologized, said hed been out of town, and then said were here, so lets talk.
Finally, Bill Dees, who wrote songs for Roy Orbison was one of Hazels painting students. During one of Hazels late summer parties, Dees and Orbison stopped in. Theyd been out celebrating their new hit Oh, Pretty Woman and some guests asked them to perform it. Since a guitar couldnt be found, Dees hummed the melody and improvised percussion on the dining table with knives and spoons while Orbison sang.
The King House has a rich history not found in many current Nashville homes and event spaces and we are so honored to have restored this home and brought these stories forward once again.
IN THE HEART OF 12TH SOUTH
WALKABLE TO SOME OF NASHVILLES FAVORITE RESTAURANTS, BARS, AND RETAIL LOCATIONS NEARBY: MELROSE/8TH AVE, WEDGEWOOD-HOUSTON, AND BERRY HILL NEIGHBORHOODS 2 MILES TO DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE
Contact Tom Sullivan 615-519-2993 or Co-listing broker Mary Brooke Bonadies with Village Real Estate 615-496-1960