- Mike Thakur, a Houston resident, is now underneath contract for a Franklin mansion that was closely broken in a hearth final yr
- A Zillow itemizing for the mansion went viral final week
- Thakur, his spouse and his three teenage youngsters plan to stay within the visitor residence on the property, which was not broken within the fireplace
- The household will doc their renovation as they go alongside
The burnt-out Tennessee mansion behind a viral Zillow listing for $1.5 million is now under contract with Houston resident Mike Thakur.
Thakur, who’s initially from England, instructed The Tennessean, a part of the USA TODAY Community, he and his household had been pondering a transfer to Nashville and noticed the mansion in an electronic mail alert about new listings within the space from Zillow.
Two days later, they had been underneath contract for the house – which additionally comes with about 5 acres of land and a roughly 2,300-square-foot visitor home that was not broken within the fireplace.
“Did something a little crazy over the weekend and bought a burned down mansion,” Thakur mentioned in an Instagram publish Tuesday.
Paula Duvall, the proprietor and agent behind the itemizing, confirmed Wednesday Thakur was underneath contract for the mansion. The sale has not but closed.
Thakur mentioned he, his spouse and his three teenage youngsters noticed the itemizing on Jan. 18, a day earlier than that they had plans to fly to Nashville to take a look at properties. Thakur reached out to native actual property agent Sam Miller to arrange a tour. After the household toured the mansion on Jan. 20, Thakur mentioned they requested the brokers to step away whereas they mentioned.
“We’re a pretty tight-knit family. We make a lot of decisions together with the children,” Thakur mentioned. “We all thought this was going to be a great project and we decided we were going to give it a go. We shook on it there and then.”
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Household plans to doc renovation
Thakur, who owns a couple of co-working areas in Houston, mentioned he and his oldest son plan to maneuver to Franklin, a Nashville suburb, as soon as they shut on the house and begin working. His different two youngsters, who’re nonetheless in class, will comply with later together with his spouse.
Whereas the fireplace stayed largely to at least one facet of the mansion, Thakur mentioned, there was water injury all through. Nonetheless, he is hopeful about what they’ll salvage and the situation of the property. The visitor home is livable, albeit somewhat tight for his or her household of 5. Thakur mentioned it will be a household effort to renovate the house and so they hope to salvage and restore some components whereas making the remaining their very own.
“The commute doesn’t seem bad,” he mentioned with fun. “Just across the backyard.”
Whereas residence renovation, together with the flurry of media consideration that is reached as far as the BBC, is new to the household, Thakur mentioned they plan to doc the method on his YouTube channel and Instagram account.
Viral Zillow itemizing: Franklin mansion a ‘complete loss’ in fireplace
The original listing topped 400,000 views and was bookmarked by practically 8,000 individuals. The lead picture featured the mansion going up in flames as a hearth truck dumped water to douse the blaze. The itemizing known as the mansion “a tragic total loss” and mentioned it was being offered as-is.
Images confirmed heavy fireplace and water injury all through the house, together with soot. Duvall mentioned the handle listed on Zillow was incorrect, and that it is truly in a neighborhood off Interstate 65 close to the Peytonsville Highway exit in Franklin.
She mentioned she and her husband had been renovating the house when the fireplace broke out in mid-September. A employee was utilizing a sprig painter when a spark ignited the blaze, based on Duvall. The employee was hospitalized however is OK, she mentioned.
“The day of the fire was an emotional day,” Duvall mentioned.
She and her husband are excited that the Thakurs need to renovate the house.
The itemizing boasted open hilltop views, a big outside kitchen and porches and roughly 5 acres. Issues like the muse, porches, patios, landscaping, customized pavers and limestone are salvageable, together with among the inside options, based on the itemizing. It additionally mentioned Williamson County affect charges and different charges had been waived for the property.