Alan Jackson has put a for sale sign on his Center Hill Lake home near Smithville, Tennessee. The five-bedroom main home, guest house, boat dock, custom two-story houseboat and helipad can be yours for $4,995,000.
“Center Hill has always been a retreat and a sanctuary, especially during the week,” Alan told the Tennessean. “It’s so quiet and peaceful. I’ve started and finished many songs there. And I’ve come up with several ideas for songs while I was behind the wheel of my boat. It’s a lot like being in your own private national park on 60 miles of lake — just a beautiful place.”
Alan will take many memories from the place as he and his wife Denise move on to the next phase of their lives. Besides family memories, he also has a bounty of career moments to take with him, including playing a show with Shania Twain on the property.
“She’d hit it big already,” he said. “She was on her way to being a huge star, but she hadn’t really toured yet, and she came out there. I remember she was wearing overalls and just came with a couple of players and did an acoustic set. That was really an event.”
Alan is selling the home as well as a Florida vacation home after taking some time to think about the family’s future. “We’ve enjoyed our lake house for over 20 years, but as our girls have gotten older, we don’t find as many opportunities to use the property as a family,” he said. “And after Denise’s fight with cancer last year, we’ve re-evaluated our lives and plans for the future and felt like this fits into those plans.”
The five bedroom, five bathroom home has a screen porch overlooking a heated pool, a 12-by-12-foot auxiliary kitchen, a fireplace in the master suite, and a two-level redwood deck, among other features. The 2,000 square-foot guest home has four bedrooms and two walls of glass overlooking the lake and the houseboat was designed to resemble a riverboat.
Whoever ends up with the home will probably have a few celebrity sightings from the comfort of their new pool deck. “Center Hill Lake has been a getaway for people going back as far as Hank Williams,” Alan said. “Just last summer, Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, visited with us up there one weekend. And these days you might see Jake Owen out there on his boat.”