Lots of Oak Hill mansions have a beautiful view of downtown Nashville, but at Louise “Breezy” Salmon’s ultra-modern home, one of the best views is from the specially designed seating area in the heated outdoor swimming pool.
“That would be the most intentional thing about the house,” Salmon says of the view from the hill where the house is situated.
After living in the 5,598-square-foot home for three years — about as long as it took to design and build it — she is downsizing and offering the house for sale. The list price is $3.2 million.
For that price, the buyer will get a home designed by renowned L.A. architect Stephen Kanner to combine modern elements — floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a floating staircase and an elevator to all four floors — and traditional comforts such as a fireplace and a library. Of course, the library has a glass wall that floats beyond the rest of the house, giving the impression that you are standing in mid-air.
Practical luxuries fill Oak Hill mansion
When Salmon met Kanner, who died last year, he asked if she had an image of her house in mind.
“I said, ‘blue sky and white clouds,’ ” she recalls.
With its white walls, glass façade and setting on more than 2.8 wooded acres where deer stroll through the yard, the house achieved her vision.
But to Salmon, the function of the house is as important as its form. Because it is her home, not just a showpiece, the house had to be as practical as it is beautiful. That’s why the floors are strand-woven bamboo, as attractive as hardwood but as durable as concrete.
The 12-foot-long stainless-top island in the kitchen, for example, is a bold design element, but it also has a practical function. It contains a five-burner Wolf gas cooktop, a drawer-mounted dishwasher and ample storage space.
In the office, what at first appears to be a wall-mounted sculpture turns out to be a drawer bank that includes 32 wood-laminated drawers.
It is an organizer’s dream, says Salmon.
“You do away with ‘Mommy, where’s the tape?’ ” she says. “Everything has its place.”
There is one room where practicality takes a back seat. In the upstairs master bath, the faucet that fills the spa tub is in the ceiling. Water cascades from above like a waterfall.
Listed by Sutton Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty, at $3,200,000. Click here for more photos and information from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.