The Legacy Project
Legacy House Nashville
Located in the J.C. Napier neighborhood near the heart of downtown Nashville, the Nashville Legacy House transcends a single act of charity by providing a fully furnished home to a family in need.
The contemporary house sits on land leased through a community land trust program run by the local nonprofit, The Housing Fund. This model allows The Housing Fund, through the community land trust, to own the land and sell the home at an affordable price, while creating a path to homeownership for those earning below 80% of Nashville’s median income by removing Nashville’s high land costs from the equation.
Spanning a modest footprint, the two-story, three-bedroom, two-bath home features an open kitchen flowing into a double-height, light-filled living space.
A spacious covered outdoor patio presents a welcoming façade to its surrounding residential street, complemented by a landscaped backyard to extend nature and outdoor activities. All materials and furnishing choices demonstrate how thoughtful design can be both economical and supportive of well-being by including design elements often afforded to larger-budget projects.
Every design decision optimizes efficiency, scale, materials, and systems to create an affordable haven where the homeowner can thrive and not be burdened by the cost of maintenance. More than basic shelter, the Legacy House empowers its residents with an asset to build equity, a crucial step towards financial stability often out of reach for those overcoming housing insecurity or intergenerational poverty.