Burnt-out mansion in viral Zillow post under contract in Franklin, TN

  • Mike Thakur, a Houston resident, is now under contract for a Franklin mansion that was heavily damaged in a fire last year
  • A Zillow listing for the mansion went viral last week
  • Thakur, his wife and his three teenage children plan to live in the guest home on the property, which was not damaged in the fire
  • The family will document their renovation as they go along

The burned-out Tennessee mansion behind a viral Zillow listing for $1.5 million is now under contract with Houston resident Mike Thakur.

Thakur, who is originally from England, told The Tennessean, part of the USA TODAY Network, he and his family were pondering a move to Nashville and spotted the mansion in an email alert about new listings in the area from Zillow.

Two days later, they were under contract for the home – which also comes with about five acres of land and a roughly 2,300-square-foot guest house that was not damaged in the fire.

“Did something a little crazy over the weekend and bought a burnt down mansion,” Thakur said in an Instagram post Tuesday.

Mike Thakur put in an offer for this Franklin, Tenn., mansion on Friday and it is now under contract.  The mansion was heavily damaged in a 2022 fire.

‘Under contract’

Paula Duvall, the owner and agent behind the listing, confirmed Wednesday Thakur was under contract for the mansion. The sale has not yet closed.

Thakur said he, his wife and his three teenage children saw the listing on Jan. 18, a day before they had plans to fly to Nashville to look at homes. Thakur reached out to local real estate agent Sam Miller to set up a tour. After the family toured the mansion on Jan. 20, Thakur said they asked the agents to step away while they discussed.