Keeping up with the Riches

Richie Rich he’s not, but John Rich has been writing enough hit songs for long enough that he can afford some prime Nashville real estate. He’s chosen a site on top of Love Circle, and the designs for his house are modern and minimalist (confidential to John and Principle Building Group: I really like them), but huge. Towering-over-the-neighbors huge. And therein lies the controversy: his soon-to-be neighbors are none too pleased with the scale of the designs, to say nothing of the aesthetics themselves.

And the thought of being John Rich’s neighbor is clearly not enough to mollify their concerns. I can understand that. He’s out partying on Demonbreun most nights, so there’s not much chance of getting invited over for dinner parties.

Seriously, though? I’m mostly for keeping consistent with the look and feel of the neighborhood, and I do think it’s pretty inconsiderate to design the house so that it looms over neighboring houses. It might also deter from the overall attractiveness of the houses on the street. That said, I don’t what tricks the architect would have to pull out of his or her hat to achieve similar aesthetic results in such formidable scale — over 11,000 square feet.

So hey. It’ll be a gorgeous house out of scale with the surrounding houses, but it’ll be a story. People will bitch and moan about it, but it’ll be that little drama that makes us oh-so-Nashville: “My rich and famous neighbor is so rude with his 11,000 square foot home. Woe is me.”

What I’m saying is, John, if you become a pariah in your new ‘hood, give me a call. I’ll be happy to buy you a drink at On The Rocks.

4 Comments so far

  1. Christy (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 10:36 am

    I like the plans, too. I just can’t imagine having that in my neighborhood.

    But seriously. Why do I feel like this is somehow going to make it into this year’s “You’re so Nashville if…” contest?

  2. Jon (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

    Is it just me or does the house look like a giant coffee maker?

  3. jag (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

    Timely – my boss was talking today about how Kenny Chesney, Tim & Faith bought houses on a road in Williamson County and somehow got the city to make the street a dead end….there’s apparently an 8 foot mound of dirt there now so nobody can get past their houses.

    Granted, this is all second hand, but I don’t necessarily disbelieve it. Fame will get you everywhere ’round here.

    Oh, and apparently, all three have them have sold those houses now, too.

  4. Kate O' (unregistered) on January 9th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    Mmm. Coffee.

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