June 30, 2009 — The same day Alan Jackson filled a Nashville club this month with a free concert celebrating his 20th anniversary as a recording artist, a lengthy story in The Nashville Scene indicated he was planning to put his suburban mansion, Sweetbriar, up for sale.
Not too many people can afford the hefty $38-million price tag, but a bundle of pictures of the home — both inside and out — can be viewed at http://realestalker.blogspot.com/2009/06/alan-jacksons-southern-spread.html. Occupying 19,000 square feet, the home has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths, plus a 20-car garage. Add to that a gymnasium, three ponds, and a boathouse on their 135-acre spread, and you get an idea of what selling 50 mi llion albums can do for your lifestyle.
While the Jacksons can afford about whatever they want, it seems, but their lifestyle is no longer suited much for a place he compares to Disney World.
"We realized, as our girls got older, that they don't really use the property much," he told The Scene. "Once they get to be teenagers, they're mostly hanging out with their friends and on the iPod and cell phones in their rooms. If I'd had three boys instead of girls, they might be out here fishing and riding four-wheelers or something."
Alan plans to build a new home on a smaller lot nearby. In the meantime, he's contributing to the Fourth of July celebration in his original hometown. The Newnan Times-Herald reports he's recorded a version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to be played at the fireworks celebration Saturday in Newnan, Ga.