Feb. 28, 2008

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban sell their four-bedroom house in Nashville for $2.36M and buy 36 acres on Old Hillsboro Road in Franklin, TN for $2.45M

Academy Award-winning -- and, apparently, *not* newly expecting -- actress Nicole Kidman and her country singer husband Keith Urban have sold their four-bedroom house in Nashville for $2,360,000 and have paid $2,450,000 to buy 36 acres in nearby Franklin, Tenn.

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In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report that Kidman and Urban's house, at 15 Bancroft Place in the gated Green Hills area of Nashville, sold on November 5 for $90,000 below their asking price. The deal was recorded on November 6, according to public records. We previously had written on November 2 about Kidman and Urban having gone to contract to sell the house, which had had an asking price of $2,450,000. The buyer is a songwriter for Christian and country music (but not really a celebrity) and her husband, according to public records.

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Features in the house include five and a half baths, public areas opening to a covered terrace, a pool, a spa, and a three-car garage, according to listing information. The house is either 7,047 square feet (according to listing information) or 8,715 square feet (according to public records), and it's either on a 2.03-acre parcel (according to public records) or a 2.49-acre parcel (according to listing information). Urban, who married Kidman in 2006, had purchased the house under the name of his money manager, Mary Ann McCready, in 2005 for $1,720,967, according to public records.

Where are Kidman and Urban living now? There of course has been plenty of chatter about the couple buying land on which they plan to build a "40-acre farm" in the Nashville area, but no one yet has reported much in the way of details on that new property.

We, however, can exclusively report that they purchased two adjacent parcels totaling 36 acres on Old Hillsboro Road in Franklin, Tenn. This would confirm -- at least partly -- a showbizspy.com report last month reporting on the couple's purchase of "a 40-acre farm near Leiper's Fork, Tennessee," since their new acreage is indeed close to Leiper's Fork.

Public records show that the name of Kidman and Urban's money manager, Mary Ann McCready, who manages many celebrities and whose name was on the deed of the couple's Bancroft Place house in Nashville, appeared on the deeds of Urban and Kidman's two recent purchases of property on Old Hillsboro Road in Franklin:

--First, on September 27 (and recorded the following day), the couple purchased -- for exactly $2,000,000 -- of a 3,963-square-foot house on a 27.8-acre tract at 2032 Old Hillsboro Road in Franklin;

--And second, on October 1 (and recorded on October 4), the couple paid $450,000 for a 3,168-square-foot house on an 8.2-acre parcel at 2040 Old Hillsboro Road.

Interestingly, Urban is not even the only country star living on his street. Records show that country singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina, who's also repped by McCready, lives up the road, at 1572 Old Hillsboro Road, in a 3,754-square-foot house on 10 acres that she purchased in 2001 for $750,000 from celebrated writer Jay McInerney, according to public records.

On top of all of that, Urban clearly loves that area of the world so much that it's his second time owning property on Old Hillsboro Road! Records show that back in the middle part of this decade, he and his then-steady, supermodel Niki Taylor, for a time had owned the 6,854-square-foot house on 15.63 acres at 3063 Old Hillsboro Road. However, in 2004, concurrent with their break-up, Urban deeded the house at 3063 Old Hillsboro to Taylor. She eventually sold the property.

As for Kidman, it's been a long time now, but we have fond memories of the final (and only) Los Angeles-area property that she ever owned: a 7,597-square-foot house on nearly an acre at 1525 Sorrento Drive in Los Angeles' Pacific Palisades area that she sold in December 2002 for $10,250,000, according to public records. That property was Kidman and then-husband Tom Cruise's marital abode before they split up in 2000, driving Tom to his longtime 6,685-square-foot rental on 2.71 acres at 918 N. Alpine Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Also, as has been widely reported, Kidman and Urban also have a home in Sydney, Australia.

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