New Construction in Sylvan Park

16 Townhouses in Sylvan Park

20150714_125012The construction never stops in Sylvan Park!

The latest residential project in the ‘hood is 4424 WESTLAWN.

According to Ivy Arnold and Mary Beth Thomas of Parks, where there was once a single family home, there will be sixteen units all two and three bedroom floor plans.The complex is created by the same developer and builder of Farrow at Five Points in East Nashville, who has cleverly figured out how to get sixteen reasonably spacious units on this lot!

The units will be priced from $500k-550k, and the Home Owners Association fees will be $150 per month. Construction is projected to start in the Fall.

Some of the features include but are not limited to Carrera marble, custom made dovetail cabinets, amazing storage, and most important in this popular neighborhood, one and two car garages.

Close to all the hot spots in Sylvan Park,  Caffe Nona, The Produce Place, and the Richland Creek Greenway! 

Perfect for downsizing boomers (with good knees) or young professionals. Call me for more info!

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Home Sales Year-to-Date

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In a word-UP

Single Family Home Sales Davidson County

In the first six months of 2015, there were 4,664 home closings in Davidson County. This figure represents an increase of over 15% from the 4,031 closings reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price increased almost 11% to $293,240 from $264,409.

Single Family Home Sales Williamson County

Year-to-date in Williamson County, there were 2,373 homes sold versus 2,112 reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price of $476,271 is 4% higher than last year.

Condominium Sales Davidson County

In Davidson County, there were 1,368 condominium closings reported in the first half of the year, a 13% increase from the same period last year.

The average sales price was $202,576 versus $199, 318.

ADDITIONAL DATA

If you’d like more information about single family home sales in Davidson County, Area Two (I-65 to Charlotte Pike), Williamson County, or condominium sales in Davidson County, I’m happy to email you a comprehensive report.

Buying Books by the Yard

BUYING BOOKS BY THE YARD

What do you do if you have a massive bookcase with 120 shelves but aren’t a reader? Buy books by the yard from the Strand in NYC and color coordinate them in ombré patterns.

For those of us who actually read our books, this method of acquisition seems a bit odd, but the results from interior designer Hannah Crowell are pretty.

And who knows what tempting titles might lurk behind the colorful covers? Read more about this Nashville home in the post from Houzz.

 

Skylight

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Another import from the West End is David Hare’s 1995 political drama/love story, Skylight, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan.

Successful restaurateur Tom Sergeant (Nighy) and impoverished school teacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) play former lovers who reunite for one night at Mulligan’s ghastly council flat. At first glance, the disparity in age and political sensibilities makes you wonder how they ever got together in the first place.  But over the course of the evening, it becomes evident that they share a bond that transcends their differences.

Nighy who also played Sergeant in an earlier production gets all the best lines. Mulligan holds her own, but it’s the Bill Nighy show.

Thought provoking but talky.

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Shows Spring 2015

On the 20th Century

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On the 20th Century is an all American 1930’s musical with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Cy Coleman.

It has all the characteristics of the golden age of musicals, cool sets, colorful costumes, cheery chorography, plus Kristin Chenoweth. She and co-star Peter Gallagher are wonderful—hamming it up mightly.

As for the plot, I could explain it to you, but it’s not really relevant. Fun, Fun, Fun.

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Shows Spring 2015

 

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue ThreadA Spool of Blue  Thread by Anne Tyler

The Whitshanks, Abby and Red and their four grown children, are a close knit Baltimore family driving (mostly) merrily along the road of middle class happiness.  However, when a domestic crisis brings an extended visit by the “black sheep” of the family, the wheels come spiraling off the bus.

In less capable hands, this would be rather conventional domestic tale,  but  Tyler is better than that. The Whitshanks may not be exactly like your family, but you’ll recognize every character.

What Other Reviewers Think

The Boston Globe: “Tyler’s characters are thoroughly three-dimensional. They are our own families; they are ourselves; and it is our own desperate desire to understand the people we love, as well as the people who hurt us and whom we hurt, that keeps us reading with fervor.”

Who Wrote It

Anne Tyler is the author of twenty novels including Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, The Accidental Tourist, and Breathing Lessons, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.

May Home Sales

House with impatiensSingle Family Home Sales Davidson County May 2015

In Davidson County, there were 1003 home closings in May. This figure represents an increase from the 869 closings reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price increased to $317,409 from $264,628.

Single Family Home Sales Williamson County May 2015

In Williamson County, there were 499 home closings reported in May versus 417 closings reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price of $465,234  is slightly lower than last year.

Condominium Sales Davidson County May 2015

In Davidson County, there were 288 condo closings reported in May versus 252 closings reported for the same period last year.

The average sales price of $205,099  is 4% lower  than last year.

ADDITIONAL DATA

If you’d like more information about single family home sales in Davidson County, Area Two (I-65 to Charlotte Pike), Williamson County, or condominium sales in Davidson County, I’m happy to email you a comprehensive report.

The Audience

The AudienceTHE AUDIENCE

I’d watch Helen Mirren read the phone book, so tickets  to Peter Morgan’s play The Audience in which Mirren reprises her Olivier- winning role as Queen Elizabeth II was a must get for me.

Despite New York Times critic Ben Brantley’s less than enthusiastic  review of the production as a, “history-skimming chat show,” I thought it was wonderful.

“The audience” refers to the monarch’s weekly meeting with her prime minister–twenty minutes usually on a Tuesday. The play imagines these private conversations between the Queen and her PMs over many decades.

In her long reign, the Queen has been through twelve PMs (some served more than once.) For the benefit of American audiences, the program includes cheat sheet– brief biographical information about each PM as well an “interesting fact.”

Mirren,  who played the monarch in the 2006 movie The Queen (screenplay also by Mr. Morgan), portrays Elizabeth as discreet, hardy, empathetic, and with a mild sense of humor. Labor PM Harold Wilson’s comment to the Queen,    “You understand ordinary people, working people,” is however probably stretching the just like us with better jewelry analogy.

The Audience mirrenWith the exception of Judith Ivey, who as Margaret Thatcher is burdened with a ridiculous wig, unflattering suit, and a wavering British accent, all the PMs are quite capable of keeping up with Mirren. Rich McCabe as folksy labor leader Harold Wilson is especially good.

If Elizabeth is really like Helen Mirren, (and who is to say otherwise,) the UK could do worse.

The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

The Good Lord BIrdThe Good Lord Bird by James McBride

As you know, my book club is a serious group. But every year we try to select a light hearted book with no success. After the disaster that was Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,  we pretty much gave up.

But this year we chose a truly comedic novel without realizing it.

The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2014 National Book Award, is a rollicking read in the tradition of Mark Twain.   The premise sounds a little off putting–a young African-American boy disguised as a girl  (Henry/Henrietta “traveling incog-Negro”) joins John Brown of Harpers Ferry fame. We know how that turned out, so at first glance not a ho, ho, ho kind of book.

But it is.  McBride is a master of both the slapstick and subtle, sometimes in the same paragraph. Brilliant

Note: not all the gals enjoyed The Good Lord Bird  as much as I did.

What Other Reviewers Think

The Washington Post: “A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel.”

Who Wrote It

James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was made into a film by Spike Lee. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

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