LOCATION: Franklin, TN
SIZE: 753+ acres with (at least) half a dozen homes
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Between them, country music king Tim McGraw and pop/crossover country music queen Faith Hill have 8 Grammys, 28 American Country Music Awards (ACMs), 14 Country Music Awards (CMAs), 14 American Music Awards (AMAs), and 4 People's Choice Awards.* The couple's joint Soul2Soul II tours (2006-07) hauled in $141,000,000, at that time and still the highest gross ever for a multi-year country music tour. Together they've sold more than 80 million records and—depending on where you look on the internets—have a combined net worth of around $135,000,000.
Such accolades, accomplishments and riches affords the Miz Hill and Mister McGraw the pampered and profligate lifestyle of the A-list country music super stars they are. The couple—married more than 16 years with three young female children—own a private jet and are well known by property gossips like Your Mama to maintain a frequently in flux property portfolio that would make the ears of a run-of-the mill multi-millionaire bleed with envy and (financial) anxiety.
In 2005 they sold a 10,702 square foot mansion in Brentwood, TN for $1,855,000 and in October 2008 they listed a 10,500 square foot mock-Med mansion in the "old section" of the bifurcated Beverly Park community in the Beverly Hills Post Office with a $14.8 million price tag. They eventually sold the property, which was famously burglarized in 2007, in June 2010 for $9.5 million to an obviously well-to-do Beverly Hills attorney.
In late 2009 the McGraw-Hills floated their 4.22 acre semi-rural estate on the outskirts Nashville's affluent Belle Meade nabe on the market at an unknown price. We're not really sure when the property was taken off the market but we do know that in late May of this year (2013) they pushed the well appointed estate back on the open market with an asking price of $2,900,000. Current listing details show the existing house was originally built in 1934 and has five bedrooms and four full and three half bathrooms in 6,767 square feet. The couple have also listed a separate but contiguous, 7.37 acre parcel for $2,000,000.
We've now learned, via a short, covert communique from a real estate canary we'll call Chiquita Chirpsalot, that in addition to their Belle Meade mansion, Mister McGraw and Miz Hill have also hoisted their historic and impressively pedigreed 753+ acre farm in Franklin (TN) on the open market with an hefty, hefty, hefty $20,000,000 asking price.
A quick poke around several property record data bases shows the McGraw-Hill's bucolic farm in Franklin, not quite 30 miles southeast of downtown Nashville, is comprised of two adjacent parcels divided by the tree-lined Harpeth River. It appears to Your Mama they purchased the adjoining farms in separate but simultaneous transactions in November 2001. The smaller parcel (353.12 acres) cost the country royals $5,009,560 and the larger parcel (400.7 acres)—an Antebellum plantation that was previously owned by country music legend Hank Williams—cost them another $8,750,000. A few quick clickety-clicks on Your Mama's bejeweled abacus and we tabulate that the McGraw-Hills total outlay for the Franklin farm was $13,759,560. Your Mama certainly ain't privy to the pocketbook(s) of Mister McGraw and Miz Hill but we have to assume they've spent several million more over the last dozen years on taxes, upkeep, and improvements.
Men's Journal in 2009 that "You drive up to the house and it looks like Europe. The Davidson County Tax Man shows the 37-room behemoth has five bedrooms and 9 bathrooms in more than 22,000 square feet. A big house for big stars.
*He has 3 Grammys, 14 ACMs, 11 CMAs, 10 AMAs and 3 People's Choice and she has 5 Grammys, 14 ACMs, 3 CMAs, 4 AMAs, and 1 People's Choice. They share 5 of their ACMs.
listing photos: Fridrich & Clark
aerial image: Bing