The 1800s historic home at 1003 West Main in downtown Franklin caught the fancy of Pam Mustaine last year when it was on the market. A world traveler who is particularly fond of the United Kingdom, she and her husband purchased it from restaurateur Andy Marshall and his wife Jan in October 2019.
The Marshalls, like their predecessor, musician Ben Folds, and all those who lived in the home before them, left their mark on this grand home while preserving its treasured history. Mustaine is also leaving hers.
“I just loved the house from the first look,” says Mustaine, who along with her husband lives on a sprawling horse farm in Williamson County. “Franklin itself is such a lovely little town; it reminds me of villages in England. This particular home immediately gave me the feeling of a London townhome with its lush hedges, pots of flowers and Tudor design.”
Nestled behind a wrought iron fence, the house, like Mustaine herself, is tasteful and unassuming. There’s nothing flashy about this historic home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It quietly keeps its centuries old history and tales behind the sidewalk of the tree lined street.
More spacious than it appears from the street, the main house has 4,987 square feet. A decidedly charming guest house/studio adds an additional 1,670 square feet.
Mustaine, who loves enhancing homes to reveal their own particular personality while reflecting her own, began adding her flair immediately after purchase.
“The house has wonderful tall ceilings, 14 feet, which gives it the grand feel of a London home,” she says. “I began making it my own with paint. I removed wallpaper and changed the entire interior to a soft shade of cream. It lightened the rooms immensely."
She favors mixing a bit of modern with tradition. Mustaine changed several lighting fixtures, using Restoration Hardware designs. She removed carpet from the upstairs, replacing it with hardwood.
“One of my favorite things about the house is its long entry hall made with stripes of light and dark hardwood. It’s so unique,” she says. “I changed the chandelier in the hallway to something that I think better suits the space and those magnificent hardwoods."
The home has four bedrooms, with the primary on the main floor. A guest room is also on the main floor; the other two are upstairs. Four full bathrooms and a half bath are in the main house.
“The kitchen is wonderful,” Mustaine says.
It features black and white square tile floor, custom cabinetry, marble countertops and above it all, a pressed metal ceiling.
Chef-worthy stainless appliances include a state-of-the-art commercial oven; no surprise, considering it was Marshall’s home.
Spacious rooms have wonderful flow. The home is perfect for family living and entertaining, according to listing agent Danny Anderson, broker with PARKS downtown Franklin.
“Some life changes have kept the Mustaines from moving in,” says Anderson, whose niche is historic homes. “Much to Pam’s disappointment, the refreshed home is back on the market.
“The price is $2,695,000. The lot on which it sits is one of the largest on West Main at nearly 1 acre. The back lawn is lush and offers plenty of space should someone want to install a pool.”
Mustaine says part of the incredible charm of the home is its wrap around porch and lovely terraces.
The separate guest house is charming. Its second floor is finished out as a studio.
“I had plans to build an orangery on the back lawn; it’s the perfect spot for one,” Mustaine says.
For the unfamiliar, an orangery is common in well-to-do English homes. Floor to ceiling glass in handsomely framed windows, it can be a separate building on the grounds or added to a side or the back of an existing structure. Originally, they were created to keep orange and other fruit trees over the winter. They are light-filled places of charm and civility.
“I envisioned having high tea in the orangery,” Mustaine says. “It would be perfect for late afternoon entertaining, and of course a warm and sunny respite in winter.”
The main house features a huge theater, likely added during Fold’s tenure in the home.
As part of Mustaine’s efforts, she replaced the roof and added copper trim.
“I love old-world things,” she says. “This home fits perfectly in that niche. But it is anything but staid or dark. It is light-filled, welcoming, warm.”
The primary bedroom is extraordinary, as is its bath. A copper tub is surrounded by marble.
The closets are outfitted with shelving from floor to ceiling, appealing to even the most OCD organizer.
“It’s just a wonderful house,” Mustaine says. “We had so looked forward to being in town, walking to downtown, being part of the sense of community that defines Franklin.
“Things just didn’t work out at this particular time. I want whoever buys this house to love it like I do, appreciate its history, unique nuances, beautiful millwork, charm and enduring beauty, both inside and out.”
Anderson says the home offers the rare opportunity to live on the revered West Main Street, one of the most sought-after addresses in downtown Franklin.
A stone’s throw from the heart of downtown, it’s just a leisurely stroll away.
1003 West Main Street, downtown Franklin
Main house has 4,987 square feet. The separate guest house/studio adds another 1,670 square feet.
Almost 1-acre lot, lush landscaping, privacy, sprawling back lawn.
Four bedrooms in the main house; the primary and one guest room on the main floor, two additional bedrooms upstairs.
Fabulous kitchen, chef equipped, black and white tile square flooring, marble countertops.
High ceilings, spacious rooms. Five fireplaces.
Listing agent, Danny Anderson, managing broker, downtown PARKS realty agency
(615) 585-3859 cell; (615) 790-7400 office