It’s true, you do get lots of square footage for your money in Tennessee. That’s what happens when a large, architecturally unappealing “home” is built in the middle of nowhere. Nobody in their right mind would pay big bucks for it. This mansion is located at 7159 Braveheart Lane in Ooltewah, TN and was built in 2005. The exterior is quite hideous and the interior isn’t the greatest, but I guess the price makes up for it. It boasts 16,822 square feet of living space with 8 bedrooms, 7 full and 3 half bathrooms and is situated on 4.64 acres of land. It is listed at $1,800,000.

HERE ARE THE LISTING DETAILS:

Custom mostly brick 8 bedroom, 7 full and 3 half bath home on approximately 4.64 acres in the scenic and desirable gated Thunder Farms neighborhood. Your tour of the home begins with the stunning 2 story foyer with elegant chandeliers, sweeping staircases, a handsome den/living room with gas fireplace, access to one of several refreshment centers, the formal dining room, decorative chandeliers and gas fireplace, and the great room with soaring ceilings, wall of windows with lovely natural lighting and a gas fireplace. The heart of this level and this home is definitely the open kitchen, gathering and breakfast rooms. The kitchen features granite countertops, center island with veggie sink and built-in microwave, upscale stainless steel appliances, including the Wolf range with gas cook top and double ovens, a raised breakfast bar for casual meals and a walk-in pantry. The breakfast area has a rounded wall of windows and access to the wrap-around partially covered deck/patio*. The gathering room features a gas fireplace and wonderful refreshment center with raised bar, separate ice maker, wine fridge, wet bar and display cabinetry. The master suite is truly a luxury retreat with sitting area that boasts a gas fireplace with built-ins an either side, a hallway/dressing area that has built-in storage and access to a spacious walk-in closet with organizer system and the refreshment center off the den. The master bath has separate granite vanities, a centered air jetted tub, separate shower with 3 shower heads and body jets, as well as a private water closet. 2 half baths, a large laundry room, an office and 4 garage bays round out this main level. The upper level has 4 bedroom suites, all with private baths and great walk-in closets, a media/bonus room with a half bath, a laundry room, as well as private guest quarters that includes 2 bedrooms, a living room, kitchenette and a full bath. The lower level includes another refreshment center with raised bar, sink, dishwasher, mini fridge, ice maker and access to the wine cellar, several conversation areas, including room for the pool table and other recreational games, a guest bedroom with walk-in closet and access to an enormous shared bath that has a great sauna and also washer/dryer hook-ups, an exercise room, a music room, and tons of storage.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LISTING

  • Hugh

    I dont mind the rear facade.
    Lottery winner




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  • Daniel

    I agree with Hugh, definite Lotto winners.

    Fire up the bulldozers.




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  • Marcus

    Looks like a very cheap version of Archival Designs Fountain Bleau floor plan – with out the details that make a great house. Everything in this house looks low-quality.

    Fountain Bleau Floor Plan here:

    http://www.archivaldesigns.com/houseplan_details.php?planname=Fountainbleau




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    • NOVA Ben

      “Archival designs” popped into my head when I first looked at this home. Unfortunately it’s all too easy to take one of their fantastic plans and make some choice “modifications” to cheapen it down to a lower price level. With some changes to the quality of materials, this didn’t have to be such a hideous place, but it ended up that way anyway.




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  • Grrrowler

    It’s just terrible, the whole thing. The front facade has to be one of the ugliest I’ve seen in a long time. The rear facade is better, but still awful. The interior would benefit from several hand grenades tossed into it.




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  • Marie

    At least the asking price is only $1.8 in this economy probably could negotiate and get it for 900k then bulldoze and build a really nice manse.




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  • architectsdaughter

    I agree with everyone else; this house is a mess.




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  • richvanc

    Yup…the only part that’s nice, is the price! Thanks for amusing us, Kenny 😉




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  • Stewie

    Personally, I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s got some nice touches to it here and there and for that price, wow! I could see it as like a millionaires second pad, the place he has crazy parties because he doesn’t want his real house to get trashed. Lol. That would be pretty cool, if you had a house just for parties and entertaining.
    Also, to all those who are talking about the bulldozer, do you even know why people bulldoze homes? I mean it’s real estate 101 really. You ONLY bulldoze homes if an ugly house sits on a LARGE lot in a somewhat desirable neighbourhood. Because then you can subdivide it and build several homes on the plot, or you can tear the old house down and build a newer, much nicer one and hope that will sell at a profit. That’s when you bulldoze. You don’t bulldoze in areas where there’s loads of land available anyway just for the heck of it.




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    • Daniel

      Fine, fine. No bulldozer. How about a nice bonfire or a bomb? This house shouldn’t have been built in the first place.




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      • Iemand

        Haha, another one: use it as a paintball area.




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        • NOVA Ben

          That is actually a brilliant idea…tear some additional openings in various walls so it becomes like a maze, and then just let loose a bunch of people in there with paintball guns! I like it.




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      • Stewie

        It’s really not that bad Dan. To be honest, I actually kind of like it, at least certain parts of it. I think the exterior actually looks pretty good.
        Everyone’s hating on it, but I don’t think it’s that bad




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        • Venom

          It really is not that bad at all.
          If this was on a properly manicured and landscaped lot in Greenwich, CT, the comments would automatically be much different.

          The kitchen is quite nice and the master bathroom is quite beautiful, I have no idea why those photos were omitted.

          It actually has some pretty high quality fixtures and appliances in the house along with a decent gym and sauna and nice inlaid marble floors, and I am pretty sure that chandelier is Murano glass which is far from cheap.

          I have no idea what people are complaing about. It is all brick with dual 3 car garages, the kitchen has a 60 inch Wolf range and a huge Viking or Sub Zero Fridge and bull nosed granite counter tops, all for under $2 million.
          That driveway alone and that patio that runs across the entire back cost a small fortune. And if that is a plumbed-in fountain in the front of the home, that cost a small fortune also, trust me I know.

          You also have a custom bridal staircase with custom wrought iron and marble/granite risers.

          I see people fawn over apartments in NYC that cost tens of millions of dollars that are nothing more than 4 walls in a larger 4 walled building, but somehow this house is so bad? Really?

          This house is a good exemplar of just how much some builders rip people off in other parts of the country.




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          • Mak

            I don’t agree about the comments if it was in Greenwich. The finish work is really Home Depot cheap. For example, look at the choice of mouldings. In the larger public rooms, the mouldings are very much out of scale of the rooms. The columns that are placed here and there are also out of scale. They look like they are a last minute additions. The things you mentioned (like the Viking Stove) is like putting a badge on a Fiero and calling it a Ferrari.

            Another example: What is with the glass wall enclosed toilet in one of the bathrooms? Is that supposed to give you privacy when someone else is using the shower?

            And those acres of ugly poured cement driveways? The landscaping looks as if there was none done at all.

            Maybe, just maybe, with an additional 2M put into it, there could be redemption, but I don’t know why anyone would bother.

            Yes, the price might reflect where it is, and what it is, but it is NOT a gracious, beautifully designed mansion by any stretch.




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          • Daniel

            For me, I want to see details in EVERY part of the house, not just in the kitchen or the bathroom. Make every room a little jewel box. This home is terrible and cheap. It has had no architectural planning other than room placement. It’s just a bunch of random fixtures and finishes, all within a big 16K square-foot box. If it were me, I would have given up some of the rooms in this house for a smaller, albeit more detailed and finished home. The exterior is fantastically boring. Where are the details around the windows? Where is the landscaping? Where is the stamped concrete driveway? Why is the house beige if it is made out of brick? As-is, the home is a mess. Maybe if you put in another $500K-$750K you would have something that isn’t as horrific.

            I also think $1.8 million is asking far too much, considering the location is not nearly as desirable as some parts of the country and the overall structure is terrible. I don’t see this home costing more than $800K-$1 million to build. If this type of design or “build quality” appeals to any of you, then you and I have two completely opposing views of quality.

            Also, you can’t really compare a location such as NY or Miami or LA with Ooltewah, Tennessee. It’s a completely different lifestyle. I highly doubt that people who live in Ooltewah (willingly) would want to live in the 3 cities I mentioned, and vice versa. The old adage of “Location, location, location” certainly applies.




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          • Venom

            The finish work is not Home Depot cheap at all and there is nothing wrong with the crown mouldings. Most of them are double crown moulding and the others look like cherry. Besides, crown moulding is not that expensive, no matter what lie builders tell you and you can have somone come in and within a week have the greatest crown mouldings in the world.

            You have any idea how much that acres of concrete driveway cost. There is a reason that even on many large homes, most people use asphalt, because concrete cost a ton more, especially if you go 4-5 inches thick.

            I don’t see how the glassed in toilet in the spa room is a big deal, it is probably like the 30th toilet in the house. If it bothers you that much, a couple hundred dollars worth of glass block or drywall will take care of that.

            If you can build an all brick, 6 car garage, 17,000 sq.ft home on 5 acres with all of these features for this price, please direct me to your builder because he must have a direct line to God, his own forest and a plantation of slaves.

            Even in the crappiest part of the country, the lot alone is probably worth $200,000. Put in some landscaping and dig a pond and maybe add a waterfall and fountain and you are good to go with a gorgeous property.

            The house has brazillian cherry floors wherever it does not have marble. And that 24 carat gold plated swan faucet on the Jacuzzi, you don’t even want to know how much that cost.

            $1.8 million is only too much if you can take that money and build the same house and I know you can’t.




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    • george

      If it were in Greenwich there would be at least another zero in the price. That would pay for a lot of mouldings.




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  • Venom

    Not the best, definitely not the worst for that money.

    I swear that this is Ludacris or one of the guys’ house.
    I know I have seen it before.




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  • John Burgdorf (North Texas Luxury)

    Price is incredible for 16,000 sq. feet, but the the home is pretty dang ugly. I agree, bonfire.




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  • Tay

    There are actually homes in Greenwich that are uglier than this one..!




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  • NOVA Ben

    It’s sort of a funny habit of mine that whenever I see a real estate listing, I imagine the act of verbally giving someone my address, if I were to live there. Sometimes I come across street names that would either embarrass me or make me feel silly giving them out….this is one of them. “Yeah, I live on Braveheart Lane….it’s the next right after Spirit Echo Way”.

    There’s also road names that just make you wonder “where the HELL did they get that from?”. There’s a fairly short residential street in Great Falls, VA near where I live called “Akhtamar Drive”. It’s not a private drive, so it makes you wonder who named it and why…does someone who builds a home on a small street at all entitled to name the street after themselves even if it’s a public road? Another favorite is “Ole Dirt Road”, also in Great Falls, which actually has some very large and luxurious homes on it.




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  • LE

    F’UGLY…except the covered porch and balcony in the back. That I like.




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