HCA Healthcare co-founder Dr. Tommy Frist listed his estate in Nashville this month. The property, which appeared for sale on the open market with an asking price of $50 million on the nose, is perhaps the most remarkable estate to appear on the open market this spring.
Anchored by a mansion designed by Ferguson & Shamamian, the 59-acre compound—situated in the exclusive Belle Meade neighborhood—incorporates a 9-acre building site. The house is a red brick Georgian with a soaring neoclassical portico; the symmetrical suggests the rigidly formal, and to depart from the imperative implicit in the style the interiors are exceedingly buoyant.
More exceptional rooms in this large house—the interior living areas measure in at nearly 20,000 sq. ft.—include a cavernous great room with a cathedral ceiling, a wood-paneled library with banks of built-in floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and an airy kitchen and dining room complex designed in the cottage style, with stenciled walls and ceilings and a doorway presided over by a fanlight transom.
A red brick loggia is among the outdoor living spaces, but the story continues as the property meanders, and included on a tour of the house are patios, covered porches, balconies, a pool area, lawns — with ha-has used in the garden design — and brick walkways, and a tennis court with a gazebo gallery.
Dr. Frist is currently the wealthiest person in Tennessee. His net worth is around $17.7 billion, according to Forbes.