In the past, CNBC.com has looked at the homes of country singers and musicians from the early classic era through outlaw country though the more pop-like country of recent decades. The latest re-boot of country star homes includes a working ranch, an older California house, a modest boyhood home, and of course some Nashville estates. As for the stars, they include a classic country legend, as well as hit-makers from the 1970s through today.
These homes are not all on the market, but among the properties that are (or were recently), their prices range from a mere $155,000 to just under $20 million. Two of these homes were sold in nontraditional ways, and two of the following featured country musicians moved within their same neighborhoods after selling their first homes.
By Colleen Kane
Posted 14 February 2013
Location: Hendersonville, Tenn.
Square Footage: 1,408
This little number on a quiet cul-de-sac is the first home of "Used Heart for Sale" singer Gary Allan. It sold in just two months in 2011. The house was built in 1990 and has a front porch, rear deck, and updates including granite counters, stainless appliances, and new landscaping, hardwood, carpet and vinyl. According to Zillow, Allan still lives in the neighborhood.
Location: Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Price: $2.995 million
Square Footage: 3,394
The 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year (CMA and ACM) and regular co-host of the CMA awards recently put this enchanting 1925 home on the market. While his missus isn't a country star herself, she's known for her acting roles in "Father of the Bride" and now in the country-infused television series "Nashville," which films in Nashville. As the Trulia blog points out, since the two are both so tied to Music City, there's a good chance their $1.35 million-dollar Franklin, Tennessee home will be getting more use.
Their California home, pictured here, has vintage details such as stained glass windows, exposed wood beams, and an modern kitchen that still blends with the nearly-storybook vibe of the rest of the home. Out back, a trellised stone terrace is shaded by vines.
Price: $19.5 million
Square Footage: 20,868
Speaking of "Nashville," the TV series (and we will continue to speak of Nashville, the city), this estate was used as the home of the series' fictional country singer Rayna James, the character played by Connie Britton, including scenes shot in the bedroom, kitchen and foyer. The home is no longer used as a filming location, as the production crew replicated its rooms on a nearby sound stage.
The mansion was crafted in 1999 of marble, wood, stone and brick, and the estate includes a pool with an outdoor fireplace seating area and a stone and wood guesthouse, not to mention those replicated rooms that were once television sets.
Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 partial
Square Footage: 2,712
This was the first home of solo artist, "Celebrity Apprentice" winner, and one-half of Big & Rich, John Rich. He bought it in 2005 while building his dream home in the neighborhood. In the summer of 2011, when it was time to move on up to his dream home, John Rich made this video to sell his home (then asking $579,975 – it sold that November for the amount above).
In that video, he asks, "Would you like to be my neighbor? "and notes the house "was bought with the money that I earned off of 'Redneck Woman' and 'Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,'" and he runs down the list of country superstars who have been in the home, including Gretchen Wilson, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Wynonna Judd, and Taylor Swift. He even offered to come greet his new neighbor by pouring the buyer a glass of champagne.
Location: Athens, Georgia
Price: $2.25 million
Square Footage: 5,681
The Lake House was not only owned but designed by country music veteran Kenny Rogers. In June of 2012 the estate went up for auction among 12 bidders, and sold for $2.25 million. The estate on 150 acres was sold fully furnished and has four bedroom suites overlooking the lake, a private beach on the 8-acre lake and waterfalls, a pool, gym, barn and riding trails, pontoon boat and other recreational equipment.
CNBC.com has previously featured a much more expansive property (1,200 acres!) formerly belonging to Kenny Rogers, also located in Athens, called Beaver Dam Farms.
Location: Georgiana, Alabama
Square Footage: N/A
This cozy century-old house with a line of rocking chairs on a shaded wraparound porch was the boyhood home to Hank Williams. He lived in the house from the age of 7 to 11, when he was still going by his given name Hiram Williams. It was underneath this house at age 8 that he practiced on his first guitar, which cost his mother $3.50. The first floor of the house is now open to the public as a museum.
Pictured here is Hank's bed, in front of curtains featuring the music and lyrics to Hank's song, "Your Cheatin' Heart."
Location: Lebanon, Tenn.
Square Footage: N/A
For more than three decades, fiddler and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Daniels and his wife Hazel have called Twin Pines Ranch home. The house is a two-story log cabin with a stone porch (shown here from the rear). The 400-plus acre working ranch has a 13-stall barn, an enclosed equestrian arena, a fishing pond, a putting green and a shooting range. Twin Pines was featured on "CMT Cribs" and it has its own Charlie Daniels Band theme song, "Heaven Can Be Anywhere."