Annesdale Mansion Hits Memphis Market

Annesdale Mansion was built in 1850 by Dr. Samuel Mansfield. In 1869, Robert Brinkley, who built the Peabody Hotel, bought the estate as a wedding present for his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley, and her husband, Colonel Robert Bogardus Snowden and named the estate "Annesdale" in her honor. The Annesdale Mansion and its gardens were home to the Snowden family for more than 160 years, during which it served as a Civil War hospital for a brief period of time.

In 2009, the Snowden Family held an estate sale, where they sold everything in the home. Ken Robison purchased Annesdale in 2011, with a mission to restore – not renovate – the property. Since that time, he has poured his heart and soul into the space by preserving the 14-foot ceilings, Aubusson window treatments and garden. Now, the mansion serves as an event venue for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, corporate meetings, banquets and much more.

As of March 2, Annesdale is on the market for $5 million, represented by Josh Spotts of Crye-Leike, REALTORS. According to Robison, his desire to restore the property has been fulfilled, and he is ready to move on to his next project. But his top priorities are that the new buyer fulfills contracted events and continues to be a good steward of the rich history of its grounds.

“Annesdale remains a breathtaking, hidden treasure in Memphis, and it has been a privilege to restore the property to what it is today,” said Robison. “We are booked with weddings and other events well into 2021, and all of those contracts will stand. Our team is committed to providing outstanding service to our brides and renters, as we always have.”

One of the oldest and largest homes in Memphis, the mansion sits on more than seven acres of land. It comprises a full city block and is located in the Annesdale Snowden Historic District in the heart of Midtown Memphis. It is zoned as a residential district, RU-4, with space for a wide range of development.

“It is an honor to represent Ken as he looks to find a buyer to take Annesdale into the next phase of its life,” said Spotts. “It is crucial to him that the main home and garden remain standing, for events and other activities that have been a vital part of its last decade of restoration. As for the rest of the property, there’s an opportunity for it to be a catalyst for a renaissance of the entire neighborhood.”

From a residential standpoint, there are a lack of spaces for those looking to downsize, especially in the 50-70 age range. According to Spotts, Annesdale provides an opportunity to create ample residential space, while maintaining the grandeur of events inside the original mansion and around the garden. Spotts reiterates that Robison remains committed to his brides and others who have reserved Annesdale as their most memorable venue.

“Regardless of when Annesdale sells, all events will be fulfilled without any change to the property,” confirmed Robison.

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