Growing up in a traditional ranch home in East Tennessee, I’ve always been obsessed with this retro fabulous style of home. The Atomic Ranch style is quickly and quietly becoming one of the hottest requested home styles in the Nashville market. Finding these homes is one of my specialties however they sell quickly and typically receive close to full asking price, if you’re a buyer.
Knowing where the “atomic ranch” stock exists in Nashville and its surrounding area can be a challenge, but I always enjoy the search. So, what is an atomic ranch? It’s a mid-century home from 1940s ranch tracts to 1960s architect-designed modernist homes.
Atomic ranch homes in Nashville come in many styles. Some still have their original floor plans, characterized by an open living and dining room and a long hallway with many rooms off that hallway, most on one-level. Other atomic ranch homes have been gutted to the studs (with special attention paid to the load bearing walls), walls torn down and opened up to a uber-modern style.
If you’re looking for an atomic ranch, your best bet will be in certain neighborhood throughout Davidson County. Rosebank is located in East Nashville’s 37206 zip code and has a rich, generous stock of ranch-style homes, most below $250,000. Burchwood Gardens and Moss Rose in East Nashville’s 37216 pseudo-Inglewood area. You won’t find as many there, however, if you’re looking to rehab it yourself, you’re likely to find a great candidate for anywhere between $150K to $275K.
Moving west, 37205 and 37209 has a healthy ranch stock in Brookside, Brookmeade and West Meade. Prices are going to start in the low $300,000 for an unrenovated ranch home. An atomic ranch here will be well-finished and run you in the high $400,000 range for starters.
Moving south, Crieve Hall and Whispering Hills is a great ranch area in one of the most convenient areas of town. The atomic aspect isn’t as readily accessible here, however the potential is there. Expect Crieve Hall homes to be 20 to 40% higher than Whispering Hills homes.