Brentwood developer shares exclusive details on 28-acre luxury community
The lots range in price from $2 - $3 million
In the world of residential real estate, Grove Park is Hermes, and its lots are Birkin bags. Olympians, A-list actresses and C-Suite executives have all purchased parcels from the Brentwood-based developer. The lots are rare and expensive — even more rare and expensive than the high-end handbags. Hermes constructs 12,000 Birkin bags, which start at $10,000, each year while Grove Park prepares less than 30 parcels in the same time. All are at least a million.
Brandon Jenkins, the founder and CEO of Grove Park, shared the details of his latest collection of lots, a 28-acre gated community he calls ANNA, with tennbeat.
Tucked away behind a canopy of trees at Concord and Franklin Road, the cobblestone entrance to ANNA looks more like a Shakespearan village than the entrance to a southern, suburban neighborhood.
Behind the 10-foot tall iron gates, is a secluded, oasis and seventeen, .75-acre lots, with price tags ranging from $2 to $3 million. 11 of the 17 have been spoken for.
For the average person, an entrance to their driveway is an afterthought — if ever a thought at all, but in the extravagance that is ANNA every resident will be required to have a 8-foot-tall, 20-foot-wide cobblestone entrance with a Vanderbilt top cast. The glassy finish will highlight the unique hues and textures of each natural rock.
Even the driveways will go the extra mile. Accented with Belgian Pave Inlays, the tar and chip paths are to look more like romantic runways than a place to park a car.
“The Belanger inlays add to the English countryside ambiance” says Jenkins, referring to the rectangular cobblestones.
Every home will be at least 5,500 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms — a four-car garage is a given.
Asphalt shingles are out of the question. The machine manufactured rectangles are eyesores, according to Jenkins. Roofs are to be outfitted with metal, slate or cedar shingles. The materials alone will run residents anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000.
Doors and windows will be aluminum clad or steel. Wooden windows simply won’t do. And…to build a pool or to not? That’s not a question, design requirements dictate that every residence have one.
Neither the eccentricity nor the expense will stop those steel doors. From floating staircases to five-figure lavish light fixtures, the interiors will ooze all that is over the top.
The kitchens will take cues from nature with wood and natural stone woven throughout. Each will have custom floor to ceiling cabinets, islands that could rival the Caribbean and Italian marble that would make Michaelango weep.
Part pantry, part prep kitchen, part storage, all will have scullery kitchens in addition to a main kitchen. The hidden rooms, which will range anywhere from 170 to 200 square feet, will be larger than most common folk kitchens.
Internet-enabled, voice-activated “smart” devices will be embedded in many of the plans, making it possible for people to adjust their bedroom temperature, turn on the oven or order a pizza merely by speaking a command. Such state of the art features can cost up to $20,000 per room.
All of this comes at a price. The building costs for each of the mega mansions will easily exceed $6 million and some will top $10 million.
Approved Architect and Builders
Just as Hermes entrusts few artisans — 180 to be exact — to hand make its iconic bags, Grove Park has only approved a handful of architects and builders to design and erect the dwellings that will sit atop ANNA.
Of the 20 approved architects, eight have offices in Nashville, according to Jenkins.
All designs will be rigorously reviewed by an eight-person architectural committee, led by well-known Nashville architect Pferrer Torode, who is behind the blueprints of many Belle Meade residences and Audrey, a high-end Nashville restaurant led by chef Sean Brock.
6 construction firms — including Grove Park — are on the approved builders list. Jenkins declined to share the names of the approved architects or the other builders. He says Grove Park will likely build five of the seventeen homes.
Pre-development work on the exclusive enclave began last month and is expected to be completed by Christmas.
Four designs are currently under committee review. Jenkins predicts they will be approved before the new year and construction will begin on them sometime in February.