A life worth living — and leaving on the fly — on Old Hickory Lake in Gallatin
By Hollie Deese
Photography by William DeShazer and Shawn Cordon
Lakefront property is a hot commodity in Middle Tennessee. So is luxurious condo living. At Revery Point condos, in the Foxland Harbor golf community in Gallatin, homeowners can have both.
“We wanted this to be a luxury-level product,” says Joe Godfrey, developer of Revery Point and Broker of The Godfrey Group LLC. The building was designed by Manous Design LLC. Sales are being handled by Bailey Godfrey, affiliate broker of The Godfrey Group LLC.
Builder Hannah LLC brought in designer Shaun Dougherty, Shaun D. of SDI. Dougherty walks homeowners through the design process piece by piece, starting with the floors and working up.
“You’re telling a design story,” Dougherty says. “The most important part is listening to what the client is gravitating toward, getting to know them first. Then it’s easy to pull the selections that we have here to fit their lifestyle.”
Having a professional designer on site really speaks to the lock-and leave lifestyle that Revery Point speaks to — turnkey fabulous upon arrival with no maintenance — owners can simply lock and leave to go into Nashville or out of town.
“The fact that somebody can come in and make choices with an actual interior designer — they feel like they’re being catered to, and that’s part of the luxury,” Dougherty says.
Classic beauty abounds, but all of it has a modern twist that is both timeless and on-trend, like the ombre backsplash, wide-plank hand-scraped hardwoods and oversized bathroom tiles. The base appliance package is KitchenAid, with the option to upgrade to Jenn-Air or Sub-Zero.
“You don’t really want to over-design,” Dougherty says. “Doing less is so much more because you don’t want to take away from the uniqueness of the condo itself and that beautiful view.”
Easy-living lifestyle appeals
As the condos go up, the amenity-centered neighborhood will only grow. Plans include a walking trail along the lake and Godfrey has applied for a boat dock. Many new residents are locals who are eager to get on the lake, while out-of-staters are drawn by the on-site amenities and ease of living Revery Point provides.
“If you’re somebody that wants the pool, a wellness center, if you play golf — whatever it might be — you can opt to join the country club and get all that,” Godfrey says. And with a Tennessee Grasslands membership, members have access to two restaurants, two golf courses, two fitness centers, and two lakefront pools.
Six buildings will be completed in three phases. The second building of phase one is scheduled to be done in May.
Its proximity to Vietnam Veterans Boulevard puts Revery Point just 30 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from downtown. And anyone who knows Sumner County knows how hard lakefront homes are to come by, especially brand-new ones with modern finishes.
“Being able to live in as nice an environment as Foxland Harbor, and to be on a lake, and so close to the grocery store, and able to jump in your car and go to Nashville? There is nowhere else you can do that,” Godfrey says.
The units are designed so every unit has a lake view out of the main living areas and master bedrooms, and there is no wall-sharing between units. Instead, two walls are built with air space between them, both insulated, both with sound-resilient channel, then double-sheeted drywall is added on both sides.
Zoned for Station Camp Middle, Station Camp High, and Jack Anderson Elementary schools, every unit comes with a reserved space in the parking garage for their building as well as one on the surface level for easy access to the front door. The penthouses come with two reserved spaces in the garage. And when it comes to security, all doors stay locked at all times.
Fred Connor and Tina Maria Tarackozy moved into their unit at the end of January, downsizing from their 6,000-square-foot home in nearby Fairvue
Plantation to a 2,800-square-foot condo right on the lake. They sold most of their furniture and décor and started fresh. They worked with designer Trinity Allen Scharett to choose finishes from many local business, like Luminosity Lighting Gallery, Alpha Designs and Foster’s Rug Gallery.
Connor had retired from the print industry. Instead of trading print work for housework and pool upkeep, he wanted a low-maintenance home that got rid of all of the work without losing any of the luxury he was accustomed to. He grew up in Hendersonville, having moved there in 1966, and had always lived on the lake except for his last house in Fairvue.
And he couldn’t wait to get back.
“I’m a big boater,” he says.
Godfrey says he hears the same story over and over from people moving in — just how much they want to leave home maintenance behind.
“They’re tired of the yard work and the big house,” Godfrey says. “Most of them, they have had a luxury-level, custom home. They’re getting out of that and moving into a condo unit.”
For Connor and Tarackozy, it’s exactly what they wanted.
“We wanted a place that if somebody called up at 5 in the afternoon and said, ‘Can you be ready by 6 to go out of town?’ we could do it,” Connor says. Especially when the second home they are building in Belize is done.
“It’s almost like you’re on vacation all the time living here,” Tarackozy adds.
Joe Blazer and Laura Hartle moved in just before March from Libertyville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Driven by cold weather and high property taxes, Blazer was on a business lunch in Nashville when his dining companion told him about Revery Point. That night he was on site meeting the Godfreys.
“I saw the lake and said, ‘this is what I want,’” Blazer says.
He and Hartle had just put in an offer to buy a place in Libertyville to stay close to Hartle’s daughter, but when that offer wasn’t accepted she encouraged him not to give up his dream of living on the lake, and to buy a place at Revery Point instead.
“She said, ‘Don’t make another offer, follow your dream,’” Blazer says. “So that’s how I made the decision. The dream came true, and now I’m living the dream.”
Hartle is already planning on hosting a party for Blazer’s upcoming birthday, and next year they are planning their wedding.
“Waking up in the morning with a nice cup of coffee and just looking out here, the peacefulness of it, you can’t beat it,” Blazer says.
They will continue to commute to Chicago for a while, taking advantage of the 30 minutes it takes to get to the airport, before they make Gallatin their home full-time. And with three bedrooms they are ready to host Hartle’s daughter and her boyfriend for Easter, and Blazer’s son and his girlfriend, who are just a few hours away in Knoxville.
“It’s just incredible,” Hartle says. “It’s so peaceful. It feels so right. It feels like home. We just want to pinch ourselves, really.”