Geolocating Jeremy Abbott’s “explore” of a “million dollar dream mansion”

In this “explore” video, actor Jeremy Abbott’s latest set is a large, rural house:

I found it. Here’s how.

An industrial facility is in the distant background:

At first, I thought it was roofs in a a housing development, which threw me off, causing me to review too many urban areas.

This high-tension-power-line pylon was in the background (the clock image is because it is a crop of the top-right of a paused video):

It substantiates that this property is adjacent to a high-tension-power-line clearing. Also, the model of pylon can be matched, as there are a few different types.

Due to the combination of shadows on the house and a background scene, it is apparent that the clearing generally runs on a latitudinal axis (east to west).

First, the clearing:

And the shadows, which generally will protrude to the east or west:

Another crucial clue is this HomePages, a Yellow Pages-like book, which is for the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee area, reinforced by the Busy Bee company and the Mount Juliet in the yellow banner near the top:

There were other clues pointing to the Mt. Juliet area, including a UPS address label. Even if Mt. Juliet is wrong, other clues place this in the vicinity of Nashville. But another clue sent us right back to Mt. Juliet: Tennessee Cheesecake boxes in the freezer. That company is in Lebanon, TN, just east of Mt. Juliet.

Remember the pylon? The U.S. Energy Information Administration has an All Energy Infrastructure and Resources explorer. It helps us see paths where these pylons are placed:

Through this, I can focus on areas by these power lines. Fortunately, only two of the lines near Mt. Juliet match the pylon type in the photo! This is one of the matches:

I landed on the property after not too much searching:

A constant with these “explorer” actors is they create a phony story based on something seen at the property. Yup, once again, phony baloney.

First, Jeremy claims that a doctor and his wife built this as a retirement home in 2014. The date is fake. Wilson County’s parcel details for this home reveal it was built in 2006. The current owners bought it in 2010. The current owners live a few miles away, and stuff clearly from them appears in the video.

The current owners appear to be living, and neither appears to be a medical doctor.

Second, the million-dollar value, embedded in the video’s title, is fake. Per the county records, the property’s post-construction sale, when the house was 4 years old, was for $430,000. At almost 4000 square feet, it is an impressively sized house, but it’s far from a million dollars!

Back to the original premise, did some doctor build this house but get diagnosed with terminal cancer, preventing him and his wife from moving in to an almost-completed, almost-fully-furnished house? Probably not. First, one of the current owners, while not a doctor, works in oncology, and some materials around the house are related to a specific oncology company or the oncology field. For example, Diatech was an oncology-related company in the area which later became Pierian Biosciences:

The cancer story is likely a fabrication derived from oncology-related materials in the house.

Still, it’s weird that such an apparently nice house, mostly furnished and mostly complete, appears to have been at the verge of occupation yet never occupied.

You might suspect some severe fault with the house that made it unoccupiable. That doesn’t seem likely: the dwelling remains assessed at $471,900, even in its decaying state.

My theory is someone built it in 2006, brought it to near completion and mostly furnished, then a mind was changed, and it was never occupied.

And that is probably true. Additional searches turns up an Eric M. Gruenberg, who used to live there. It appears he is who built the house, and it was foreclosed in 2009. My guess is that Eric ran out of money, occupied the house for about two years while trying to make money, but he couldn’t make it work and had to leave. The “this was almost occupied” patina is likely because Eric and his wife took essentials when them before they vacated.

It gets more interesting. Eric was trying to hustle income in 2006-2010 by knowingly improperly abating asbestos at a Liberty Fibers Plant. That didn’t work out! He pled guilty and was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison.

As is typical, this appears to be yet another phony story. Instead of some tragic, sympathetic tale of a dying doctor and his mourning wife, you likely have a profligate spender who drove himself into foreclosure, whose attempts to bail himself out resulted in criminal charges. As for why the current owners don’t occupy it? Maybe the property is more valuable to them for the agricultural uses? Maybe they intended to but changed their mind? Who knows.

What we do know is you spent an hour watching someone look at debris, junk, and knick-knacks, all because you thought they were part of a sympathetic narrative. Sorry, once again, you’ve been duped.

Fun fact: This property is on Tater Peeler Road. Yes, Tater Peeler Road! What’s with the name? According to Nick Beres, a local TV reporter:

Years ago, Iā€™m told, this was a curvy, rough dirt road.
Farmers would load their potato harvest into the back of a pick-up for the trip to market.

It was such a bumpy ride ā€” lots of jostling ā€” that by the time they pulled into the market all their potatoes in the back were PEELED.

And thus, Tater Peeler Road.

Nick Beres (source)

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