Alan and Brent Stoker remember the day George Jones and Tammy Wynette pulled into the driveway in a convertible sports car to say hello to their father, Jordanaires singing group member Gordon Stoker.
Their father was famous as a member of the Jordanaires, who performed with stars including Patsy Cline and Elvis Presley, but the two teenagers were still surprised to see Jones and Wynette drive up.
“One day this Corvette pulls up, a white Corvette with a red interior. They were both dressed in white. George Jones and Tammy Wynette step out,” said Alan Stoker.
It was the early 1970s and the two country music stars wanted to take a look at the house the brothers’ parents, Jean and Gordon Stoker, were building at 1043 Tyne Blvd. in Nashville, with its 350-pound antique front door rescued from a demolition site and the basement music studio the Stokers dug by hand.
The house has passed through several owners since 1980, when the Stokers sold it, and is on the market again. A renovation in the early 2000s doubled its size to 12,014 square feet, but the front door is still welcoming visitors. The home, on 2.5 acres in suburban Oak Hill, is on the market for $5.25 million.
“It’s a beautiful home. What’s unique about it is the music connection,” said Realtor Erin Krueger, who leads the Erin Krueger Team at Compass.
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The Stoker brothers still recall the experience of digging out the space for the studio. The builders had put in a small basement, but the ceiling wasn’t high enough.
“It took many days to do that,” said Brent Stoker, who today is an affiliate broker with the Wilson Group real estate firm.
The experience Alan Stoker gained there as a recording engineer led to a Grammy award in 2005. Stoker won the award for his audio engineering work on “Night Train to Nashville,” a compilation of R&B songs from 1945 to 1970.
The two-disc compilation stemmed from an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where Alan Stoker is curator of recorded sound.
The renovation of the house took two years and added 6,000 square feet. The result is a home with comfortable, livable space for family and entertaining, said Krueger.
“Yes, it’s an estate, and it’s 12,000 square feet, but it is a home. It is not one of those 12,000-square-foot homes where you feel lost,” she said.
Gordon Stoker’s rescued door has been carefully restored, with its metal accent straps sandblasted to bring out their beauty. The renovation included a total remake of the facade and interior plus a large new wing and outdoor living areas.
Designed for entertaining
The home today features a low-maintenance saltwater pool, a spa and a baby pool. An outdoor kitchen includes a gas and charcoal grill as well as an outdoor fireplace under a pergola. The adjacent pavilion has running water, a refrigerator and a bar counter overlooking the pool.
Inside, the game room has a dishwasher drawer, ice maker and a commercial refrigeration system. A secret bookcase door leads to the media room, where a red carpet leads past the games and stocks of candy to the theater.
A circular staircase provides access to an open bunk room for sleepovers in a loft that overlooks the living area.
The owners’ suite is a comfortable apartment, said Krueger. A fireplace warms the corner bedroom, while a private hallway leads to a large reading room with a wall of windows overlooking the pool terrace. The adjacent master bath has double vanities, a soaking tub and a large steam shower.
The kitchen includes a double Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator, two dishwashers and a Wolf range and stove top. A corner pantry with a seeded glass door provides storage, while the larger pantry and two refrigerated drawers are in the hallway.
An adjacent keeping room and dining room connect from the kitchen to make for easy entertaining, which is a theme of the house. The addition includes a lounge, a second kitchen, an exercise area and two additional bedrooms.
The house still has a music room, said Krueger. “I hope a musician buys it.”
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