Witherspoon: A Luxury Brentwood Neighborhood

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The Witherspoon luxury neighborhood is located southeast of downtown Brentwood TN and east of Cool Springs off Crockett Road at the roundabout on Witherspoon Drive. Witherspoon is an exceptional luxury enclave of 153 home sites on approximately 263 acres.

The Developers

CPS Land and Ford Custom Classic Homes are the developers for Witherspoon. CPS Land also developed Annandale and Montclair in Brentwood. The developer partnership paid $10.5 million for the property, and the final investment once completed will be valued over $200 million. Development manager for CPS Land, Rob Pease sees Witherspoon “being sort of a succession to Annandale.”

Brentwood Custom Builders at Witherspoon

The chosen builders for Witherspoon are among the top custom home builders in the Brentwood, Tennessee area. Included in this impressive lineup are Ford Custom Classic Homes, Schumacher Homes, Turnberry Homes, Legend Homes, Stonegate Homes, Arnold Homes, Barlow Builders, Castle Homes.  The developers created a Builder’s Guild to ensure exacting standards in design and craftsmanship.

Beautiful luxury home in Witherspoon.

Witherspoon's Grand Architecture

Architectural styles at Witherspoon are grand examples of Classical as is expected with elements of Old World English, Tudor, French, and Italian. American style architecture is also represented with homes in the Federal and Cape Cod styles. Listening to home buyers, the developers offer a new trend of luxury homes based on a smaller scale with high-end amenities. The kitchens, bathrooms, floor plans, and outdoor spaces are designed for today’s discriminating buyers. The developers’ vision is to create homes in and around the mature trees while maintaining the natural beauty of rolling hills in this southeastern Brentwood community.

A Witherspoon custom home designed as an early Federal home.

Witherspoon Homes

Witherspoon is also the site for the 2017 Parade of Homes. Today, the luxury homes have 4,301 to 9,097 square feet, 4 to 7 bedrooms and 4 to 8.5 baths. The homes have 3- to 4-car garages on 1/3 to 3 acre manicured lawns. The square feet and number of bedrooms and baths are subject to change as the development continues to grow. Home buyers are looking for Brentwood homes with master bedroom downstairs. The custom builders at Witherspoon are listening to home buyers and are designing the luxury homes with the master bedroom on the main floor.

Witherspoon Home Sales

2017: 14 homes sold in the first year of sales, $992,738 to $3,219,653, 4,301 to 8,578 square feet, Median price/sqft $235, Median days on market, 6, Sales Price to List Price ratio 100.77%. Note: Witherspoon is such a spectacular community capturing the Brentwood home buyers' interest. The Brentwood December home sales are significantly impacted by Witherspoon's sales, naming the luxury neighborhood with the most homes sold in Brentwood.

Amenities: luxury, resort-style complex including an early Federal-style clubhouse with gathering spaces, and conference room. Also included are a kitchen, adult and children’s pools, a pavilion and a neighborhood green. 1.25 miles of paved public trails connecting Raintree Forest to Crockett Park and Oak Hill subdivision.

For more information about Witherspoon go to Witherspoon Brentwood.

Schools: Crockett Elementary, Woodland Middle School, Ravenwood High School

A stylized Cape Cod home in Witherspoon.

The Witherspoon Story

Witherspoon is named after the last owner, Charles Witherspoon, Jr. He is the great-grandson of the original owner and builder of the Holt Home, Thomas Holt. Charles lived in the large mansion and the secondary 1925 Bungalow house behind the mansion since age 2. Charles’ aunt, O’Delle Holt, also lived in the home. She willed as a life estate half of the 253-acre historic farmland interest to Charles upon her death in 1993. In 2015, Witherspoon accepted a $10.5 million offer for his half of the family property, 153 acres. This has become the Witherspoon neighborhood.

Charles Witherspoon, Jr.

The Witherspoon story doesn’t end there. When Charles died on August 9, 2017, at the age of 90, the remaining half of his life estate goes to the City of Brentwood. O'Delle Holt's will calls for either building a new library or adding to the current library. Additionally, to accept the funds, the Brentwood Library will be required to change its name to The John P. Holt Brentwood Library as specified by the will. Brentwood United Methodist Church is the beneficiary of the first half of the life estate land sale as outlined in Ms. Holt’s will.

The Holts of Holtland-Wildwood Plantation

The historic Holtland-Wildwood House, c. 1835 or c. 1840, a Greek Revival-style home with a two-story portico, is on the original 1,500-acre Wildwood Plantation. This home replaced the original log home built by Thomas Holt on land his grandfather, Christopher Holt, received as a Revolutionary War Grant. In 1984, John Holt at the age of 94 sold off almost 80% of the old family cotton plantation of which became Raintree Forest subdivision. The Holtland-Wildwood Plantation at point had over 100 slaves, a sawmill, gristmill and cotton gin. A church and school were built by the Holt’s for their workers. After the Civil War, many of the former slaves remained on the farm and helped the Holt family farm the land.

Holtland-Wildwood Mansion

The Holtland-Wildwood Home has recently been purchased by a Brentwood family and will be restored as a residence. Common to the Greek Revival period, the home has a central-hall plan with a 2-story Doric order pier portico. The materials used in the home are sourced from the farm. The brick was fired on the property, the millwork made of Greek Revival styled mantels are hand-carved from solid walnut. One other interesting note about the original home is its 2-story detached kitchen. This was common in the antebellum period of having a detached kitchen. Many historic Brentwood high-end homes had 2 story detached brick kitchens. Not many of these kitchens exist today as homeowners renovating or expanding homes razed the architecturally significant old kitchens.

For more information on Brentwood TN subdivisions or Witherspoon, visit theWrightDreamHome.com.

David Wright, Realtor® - Real Estate Refined - CRS, SRS, CNE

Benchmark Realty, LLC, 318 Seaboard Lane, Suite 115, Franklin, TN 37067, 615-371-1544 o.

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Comments (4)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

David, what a nice presentation on Witherspoon in Brentwood, and there sure are many beautiful homes there.

Jan 13, 2018 05:37 AM
David Wright
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Brentwood, TN
Real Estate Refined

Thank you, Joan Cox! It is a wonderful collection of architectural gems and is quickly becoming the hottest real estate in Brentwood. Of the 26 homes sold in Brentwood in December above $1 million, 7 were in Witherspoon.

Jan 13, 2018 08:39 AM
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


What an unusual mix of architecture and different styles of homes. The prices also seem reasonable but I am a bit jaded from what things cost here. cheers cvc

Jan 14, 2018 10:09 AM
David Wright
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Brentwood, TN
Real Estate Refined

Curtis, the architectural styles are stunning. Compared to your Napa pricing, we might be half to 1/4 value. I don't want to startle you too much, but property taxes on these luxury homes are about $6,000 to $7,000 annually on 4,000 to 8,000 square feet. 10,000 square feet is closer to $13,000 in annual property taxes. Tennessee also has no income tax! Great place to move to.

Jan 14, 2018 10:20 AM