In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in our service area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is 1909 Rudder Lane, Knoxville, TN 37919, $11,725,000.
Over the last few months, we’ve been impressed with the luxury properties available in Nashville. Little did we know that her little sister to the east, Knoxville, was hiding a challenger in her midsts. Estate-like grounds? Check. Enough custom finishes to require a small army of artists? Check. Electric-powered cave? Wha!!
The house itself was constructed in 1997 and is a take on French Renaissance architecture. Which Louis, I can’t recall. A bit of Google Map snooping revealed that it’s reached by a curving drive over a small bridge, which must provide for quite a dramatic approach in real life. The grounds appear perfectly maintained; the grass has that fake appearance that makes you imagine an afternoon of barefoot frolicking. Inside the home, daydreams of a different kind arise. These interiors are more outrageous than that Kenny Rogers manse we covered - I think we’re in Michael Jackson’s “Neverland” territory!
The faux finishes knock you over the moment you step inside. I hope you’re a fan, since the creative painting isn’t limited to the walls - many of the columns throughout the home received the same treatment. That’s when you know you’re really in OTTP territory. The double height living room is something of an extravaganza. Gold galore, elaborately carved furniture, and a busy floor covering meld into one big show. Let’s hope those elaborate window coverings are included in the sale. They’re are a true work of art.
Even the smallest of rooms wasn’t spared the royal treatment. The modest-sized home office features a Sistine Chapel-worthy ceiling, double chandeliers, and a green marble mantlepiece that’s gilded and clocked. Space after space is imbued with a sense of grandeur and fantasy; if ever there was an OTTP that embodied the phrase “more is more” this is it. One detail, however, seems to take away from the regal atmosphere: those random, somewhat cheap looking ceiling fans! This is not the place for such pedestrian fixtures!
I could go on and on about the fabulous pool, stocked pond, gorgeous landscaping, blah blah blah, but let’s cut to the chase. The property includes a real-life, honest-to-goodness cave! I’m a little puzzled by the multitude of picnic tables set about its mouth, but maybe it’s a natural spot for family reunions. The best part about this geological beauty: it comes pre-lit just like one of those newfangled Christmas trees. And the barred entrance makes for a perfect parents’ disciplining tool. Just kidding! Ok, half-way kidding.