Imagine a scaled-down version of the Biltmore or a European country chateau and you’ll have an idea of this true work-of-art overlooking 10 acres of horticultural excellence. Located on a quiet, prestigious drive in close proximity to downtown, the University of Tennessee, the airport, great schools, shopping, restaurants, and churches, this is as private as it gets in Knoxville’s most desirable zip code.

Through the gated entry, across the charming bridge to the stately residence, you’ll find consistency of thought in the design and execution, quality of materials and craftsmanship, and attention to every detail, seen or unseen. You’ll also find whimsical touches, such as the electrified secret cave and its grotto-like patio, the hand-painted, circus tent playroom, and the working 1940s warship bell atop the garage.

More than 12,000 square feet of finished living space include two enormous master suites and three additional ensuite bedrooms, two full kitchens, and a number of glorious rooms for entertaining and relaxing in museum-quality splendor. The downstairs is its own complete living quarters. Both the main level and lower level walk out to the pool and park-like grounds. From quarter-sawn hardwood and Indiana limestone flooring to the masonry and brick exterior, copper guttering and slate roof, every element has been carefully considered and much of it has been imported. The construction, materials and craftsmanship are unparalleled.

The grounds of this estate are an extraordinary canvas. Thousands of hand-selected and artistically placed trees have been nurtured into maturity, creating a splendid arboretum that shades a myriad of beautifully maintained outdoor spaces. The home and its surroundings are truly an oasis in a city that has it all – a vibrant downtown, every cultural amenity, the UT Volunteers, four beautiful seasons, the Great Smoky Mountains at its doorstep and exceptionally friendly neighbors. If you’re looking for a remarkable home in a state with no income tax within a day’s drive of New York and Miami, look no further than 1909 Rudder Lane. Offered at $6,895,000.

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Richard A. Smith
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Dean-Smith Realty
865.588.5000 office
865.384.1696 cell