Perched on a hill surrounded by lush lawns, pasture lands and deep woods sets a spectacular, but not showy, dream home. It is a dream made reality by a 46-year career professional master builder and his wife.

This homey residence on 20 private acres in Thompson’s Station was designed and built to resemble an old two-story brick home that has been added on to and expanded over the course of time. It is built with love and attention to every detail from the ground up.

The best of the best is in every square inch.

The dreamers, Kenneth and Donna Choate, created the magnificent home for themselves.  The dream made tangible is everything they imagined … and more.

And they know a thing or two about building dreams. Texas natives, they lived and built in California for a decade then moved to Hawaii for another 10 years. He built; she ran the design center.

In their decade long stint in Hawaii, he built 2,200 homes. In his last year alone, 375. They decided it was time to retire. They chose Franklin for their own personal dream home (it succeeded several other personal dream residences over the years).

But dreams change. 

In this season of their life, a decade after they built this timeless home, they want less house.  And they plan to build their newest dream on property adjacent to this one which is now on the market for $2,995,000.

The spacious, glorious colonial styled home is as welcoming as a babbling creek on the property.  Constructed of 125-year-old reclaimed brick in the main section, the would-be additions are colonial white frame.

A wide rocking chair front porch invites residents and visitors alike to plop down in a rocker and watch the world go by.  A step inside elicits an eyes-wide audible gasp; it is marvelous, spacious, open, dramatic.

The two-story great room soars up 35 feet.  One wall is the exposed aged brick.  Rafters stretch across the ceiling; a catwalk edges the second floor providing dramatic views of the room below.

Anchored by a massive stone fireplace (one of five masonry fireplaces in the home), white columns on either side of the room add an impactful design feature. The kitchen is a chef’s dream; designed for cooking and entertaining, GE monogram appliances accompany a professional gas cooktop and range.

“I don’t like everything to be matchy-matchy,” said Donna. “I designed it to have different cabinetry than the island.  We have a brick fireplace in this room, too.”

The sprawling master is on the main level. Like the rest of the house, its millwork is deep. The bath features yet another exposed brick wall.

The remaining four bedrooms are upstairs. The home has a total of six full baths and one half-bath.

Glistening random width #2 white oak flooring runs throughout the home, with the exception of a spacious game room.

Listing agent Matt Ligon says this home defines fine.

“And while it’s out in the country surrounded by beautiful land, it’s just minutes from downtown Franklin, 840 and I-65. It’s far enough out to provide seclusion and privacy, yet a stone’s throw from every convenience,” he said.

The arched doorways on the main floor and abundance of windows makes for light filled space.

A covered patio out back offers pristine views of the rolling hills.

“We absolutely love it here,” said Kenneth. “We did a nationwide search for the place we would retire.  Franklin was on our list.  We knew it was home when we visited.  We loved the downtown, the countryside, the people, the heart of this place.”

“And we love our home,” said Donna.  “It’s everything we wanted.  We just wanted too much space 10 years ago.”

The home is one of four in the small enclave that Kenneth created. They sliced 56 plus acres into four homesites.

“We named our little neighborhood Twin Oaks to pay tribute to a pair of identical oaks on the property. Side by side, an arborist says they are 200 years old. And we’ve planted 26 red oaks along our private drive,” said Donna.

Ligon says this magnificent gated home and property priced at $2,9995,000 is worth every penny.

“It would take at least $4 million to build it in today’s market,” he said. “The space in the back could easily be refigured to a mother-in-law suite.”

The Choate’s dream will soon pass to new owners and dreamers.

But their home, Franklin, is akin to those 200-year-old oak trees.  Here to stay.

4810 Scenic Oaks Lane, Thompson’s Station

Five bedroom, six and one-half baths


•  Two stories plus an unfinished basement

•  20 private acres

•  Gated home

•  Built in 2010 by career master builder as personal 


•  Home designed to look like an old two-story 

    historic home with additions

•  Exterior 125-year-old reclaimed brick; siding

•  Interiors grand, dramatic

•  State-of-the-art kitchen

•  Five masonry fireplaces

•  Hardwoods throughout with exception of game


•  Elevator in home services all three floors

•  Private drive

•  Acreage lush pastures and deep woods

•  Nine minutes to downtown Franklin, minutes to

    I-65 and 840

Listing agent Matt C. Ligon, Managing Broker 

Zeitlin Sotheby’s International

615. 478.6355

615. 794.0833

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