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Live the lifestyle of a Western movie

Sheryl Crow's Tennessee ranch is back on the market in a more manageable parcel of 20 hectares at just $3.8 million – nearly half the original price.

Sheryl Crow’s ranch at 6664 Cross Keys Road in Nashville has proven to be a handful to sell, estate agents say. Courtesy Benchmark Realty
Sheryl Crow’s ranch at 6664 Cross Keys Road in Nashville has proven to be a handful to sell, estate agents say. Courtesy Benchmark Realty

With accommodation for 14 horses, a basement recording studio and a saloon just like they have in the Westerns, all you will want to do in this 20-hectare American property is have some fun.

The Tennessee ranch is a 1,000 square metre equestrian estate at 6,664 Cross Keys Road in Nashville that belongs to the singer songwriter Sheryl Crow.

A Grammy award winner, known for her 1990s hits Leaving Las Vegas and Can’t Cry Anymore, Ms Crow has been trying to sell the farm for the best part of four years, and has already moved out into a smaller farm property.

The 52-year-old singer initially listed Cross Creek Farm in March 2010 as a 60-hectare ranch for US$7.5 million (Dh27.5m). But by May 2011 the asking price had dropped to US$4.5 million.

After several price manoeuvres and an unfruitful online auction, Ms Crow again put the ranch back on the market in a more manageable parcel of 20 hectares at just $3.8 million – nearly half the original price last month.

Real estate experts say the property hasn’t sold so far because it was priced too steeply for the locality.

Ms Crow bought the ranch in 2007 shortly after she split up with her fiance – the now disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. She had been diagnosed with breast cancer and had adopted her first son, Wyatt Steven Crow.

“We have a ‘whitetrash backyard,” she told People magazine in 2008. “We pop out the side of the tour bus and set up our lawn chairs, the baby pool and the iPod speakers. It’s totally a tailgate.”

As well as the extensive main house and stables, the ranch also includes a storage building and a two-bedroom guesthouse, a saltwater pool with a waterfall and spa, a Western-style saloon, indoor and outdoor riding areas, two shaded arbors, a basement recording studio, and two solar systems that reduce electricity costs by almost half.

Apparently the estate also produces great hay – well you will need it for all those horses. As Ms Crow sang, “a change would do you good”.

lbarnard@thenational.ae