Laura and Ben Buisson and their young daughter moved into a new John Weiland home in Brentwood not quite three years ago.

“We thought we were here to stay, so we made a number of upgrades to an already fantastic home; we put our own touches on it,” said Laura.  “We have five-inch hardwood floors on all the first floor and in the master and hallway upstairs.  We added deep molding to the master and painted it a shade we liked.  The rest of the entire home is neutral, just to our tastes.”

The family settled in to their new neighborhood with delight.  They came here from Memphis and instantly found new friends and a social life within their neighborhood, Taramore, tucked away off Split Log Road.

“Taramore is a wonderful mix of young families, empty nesters, professional couples and stay-at-home moms.  It’s very social; we’ve made so many new friends here, and that happened quickly.  The neighborhood is safe; our children play outside without worry,” she said.

The family, as do many others, has its own golf cart to go tooling around the neighborhood.  Centering the 200-home development is a meticulously restored grand antebellum home, built on this land around 1845. The historic John Sayers Home is in the Greek Revival style.  It serves as the grand clubhouse for the neighborhood.

Top that for a clubhouse if you can.

With interiors wearing rich period attire, the home is surrounded by  lovely green spaces, Sayers Park.  Included in the sweeping clubhouse site are tennis courts and a pool.

“It’s such a grand structure, filled with history.  It makes all social occasions there even more special.  And there it is, just down the way.  An integral part of this fantastic place we call home,” said Laura.

The family’s love affair with their home and their neighborhood is coming to an end.  Work is taking them to New Orleans.  Not a bad destination in anyone’s book, but far away from this idyllic life they’ve enjoyed here in Williamson County.

Since long range plans were in their sights here, not only did the couple make upgrades to the home, they covered all windows with plantation shutters.  They even added custom window treatments to frame some windows. All remain.

They added handsome glass pocket doors to their office/formal room.  They put folding accordion glass from their family room that opens to the back patio.  The glass brings the outside in and vice versa.

“We even fenced in our back yard for our dog,” said Laura.

They had their second child here; a boy, who like their daughter, enjoys playing outside.

The kitchen is a cook’s dream, and perfection for entertaining.  The all white spacious room is a gathering spot for family and guests alike.

The handsome home’s exterior boasts custom shutters and windowboxes.  This perfect home perches on a half-acre lot.

The five bedroom, five full bath home has a sixth bedroom or bonus room on the third floor, complete with another full bath. It has a three car garage and is exquisitely move-in ready.

The price is $895,000.  Listing agent Sarah Kilgore with Pilkerton Realtors says it’s extremely well priced.

“Laura has done a beautiful job with the interiors.  It’s just perfection.  Spacious, light, bright and airy, it’s precisely what today’s buyers seek.  We have it listed at $895,000.  It has just gone on the market; we don’t anticipate it will last long.  The home lives well, but doesn’t look as though it has ever had residents.  It’s just pristine,” said Kilgore.

Laura says she hopes another family loves it and cares for it the way she has over her all too brief time here.

“We’re already missing the home and our neighbors,” she said.

9538 Elgin Way

Taramore neighborhood



•Five bedrooms, five full baths with

the option of a sixth on the third floor

•Over 4,500 square feet

•Three car garage

•One-half acre lot

•Fenced in back lawn

•Lush landscaping

•Marvelous kitchen

•Glistening hardwood floors

Sarah Kilgore, Pilkerton Realtors listing agent

(615) 948-1887 (cell)


Vicki Stout serves as SEM’s Travel and Food Editor. She is also a freelance writer and marketing and public relations consultant.


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