Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
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It might be an unlikely spot for a couple of Australians to find their dream home, but Keith Urban
says there's something about the land near Leipers Fork, Tenn., a half-hour southwest of Nashville, that he and wife Nicole Kidman
"The first place I took her to [even before house-hunting] was out near Leipers Fork," the country singer tells The Tennessean
. "That ended up being out in the general area where we will now call home. I just knew that she would love it for the exact same reasons I love it. There's a pace and a way of living that is much more spiritually satisfying to me than a lot of other places."
Urban and Kidman, both 40, purchased a farm in the area this year and are now renovating it. For the megawatt couple, it offers a measure of solitude – but not so much that it's oppressive.
"It's something that has quite a bit of room to walk around and grow some grass under our feet and have some privacy, but not feel like we're isolated," Urban says. "We don't want to live in a compound. It's the great thing about Tennessee and especially Nashville. The people are just real people, so they just accept you being neighbors."
Urban has been away for much of the year, touring internationally and accompanying Kidman on a film shoot in Australia. He returns to Nashville on Friday night for a big concert at the Sommet Center – and is thrilled to be back.
"It's not just the humongous guest list," he jokes. "I am looking forward to it. This is the longest that I've ever been away from Nashville, so it feels good to be able to come home and play as well."