Looking for another sign the housing market is returning to normal? It seems like Headline Homes is finally settling down.
Rare now are foreclosure sales, which for months had been a staple on our lists. And rarely does a home priced under seven figures make our top 10 these days. Also, homes outside Davidson and Williamson counties are becoming more and more uncommon.
April was a great example. The most unusual locale on the list is Old Hickory, which rarely rubs shoulders with Brentwood and Belle Meade. But only the Big Two counties were represented despite the lakeside foray and all the price figures included that extra zero.
There are, however, some interesting personalities on the list, including an émigré pastor, a beauty pageant operator, the Titans new defensive coordinator and a couple that many were shocked to discover are not related to Taylor Swift.
What follows are, as always, the 10 largest single-family home transactions recorded in Davidson and neighboring counties in April, ranked by dollar value:
1. 1030 Overton Lea Road, Oak Hill 37220
Buyers: Rodgar and Reba R. McCalmon, trustees of a family trust
Sale price: $2.6 million
Sellers: Michael and Mary Taylor
Sellers’ agent: Lydia Armistead, Freeman Webb
Buyers’ agent: Richard B. French, French Christianson Patterson
The McCalmons are coming into Oak Hill from Solano County, Calif., east of San Francisco. There, Mr. McCalmon was the founding pastor of Living Grace Fellowship, a non-denominational church. According to the church’s website, “Pastor Rodgar and his wife Reba were called away from Living Grace Fellowship and on to other ministries in Franklin, Tennessee.”
Their new home was originally listed at $3.1 million and was on the market for 77 days. It features three private acres, a nanny suite, a pool suite (with kitchen) and a theater (also with kitchen).
2. 107 Treemont Lane, Franklin 37069
Buyer: McKellar Real Estate Investments Ltd.
Sale price: $2.5 million
Seller: Tonna Heath
Seller’s and buyer’s agent: Tonna Heath, Tonna Heath & Co.
McKellar Real Estate Investments was represented in the deal by Glenview Trust Company. The former owns other high-end property in California and Montana; the latter is a Louisville-based boutique trust firm.
Heath is the proprietor of her own Brentwood real estate company. Her former house is in the exclusive, 14-home Treemont Estates development and its 8,200 square feet sit on a sloping three-acre lot, described as “totally-beyond private.”
3. 9816 Sam Donald Road, Brentwood 37135
Buyers: Donald Leon and Kerma L. McCain
Sale price: $2 million
Sellers: Tony and Teresa Moorby
Sellers’ agent: Susan Collins, Prudential Woodmont Realty
Buyers’ agent: Kelly Rowe, Coda Realty
Described as a “Georgian estate,” the 11-year-old, 10,000-square-foot home sits on 15 acres just outside of Brentwood and includes a pool and a koi pond outside to go with its cherry-paneled interior.
Tony Moorby is the president of Acacia Automotive, an auto auction firm. The McCains are retirees.
4. 612 Lakemeade Point, Old Hickory 37138
Buyers: Richard and Cara Ryckman
Sale price: $1.975 million
Sellers: Lawrence and Ana Maria Harriman
Sellers’ agent: Ana Maria Harriman, Coldwell Banker Barnes
Buyers’ agent: Dawne Davis, Bob Parks
The rare Old Hickory appearance on our list includes an infinity pool and a waterfall overlooking a bluff on Old Hickory Lake. Cara Ryckman operates Crown Jewels Pageants, which as its name implies, operates beauty pageants.
5. 3225 Boyd Mill Pike, Franklin 37064
Buyers: The T&S McCorkle Family Trust
Sale price: $1.4 million
Sellers: Daniel Rollin Augustus and Martha M. Daniel, trustees of a family trust
Sellers’ agents: Susan G. Brown and Jimmy Pilkerton, Pilkerton Realty
Buyer’s agent: Mary Brown, Century 21 Dawson & Associates
From family trust to family trust goes this 6,655-square-foot home listed and sold on the same day for the original $1.4 million asking price.
6. 1403 Willowbrooke Circle, Franklin 37069
Buyers: Jerry and Sherry Gray
Sale price: $1.39 million
Sellers: Daniel Adam and Sheila S. Stern
Sellers’ agent: Allison Klausner, Pilkerton Realtors
Buyers’ agent: Chris Clausi, The E Realty Shop
Jerry Gray is the Titans new defensive coordinator after serving as defensive backs coach in Seattle. The former Oiler — and former Titans — coach comes back to the Nashville area for this home in the popular Laurelbrooke luxury development. The six-year-old mansion has more than 9,000 square feet.
Mr. Stern is a principal at Heritage Builders.
7. 3808 Whitland Ave., Nashville 37205
Buyers: Michael and Gwyneth Neuss
Sale price: $1.24 million
Seller: WTKC LCC
Sellers’ agent: John Lott, Main Street Real Estate
Buyer’s agent: Melanie Baker, Zeitlin & Co.
This is not the house Taylor Swift bought for her parents.
Tabloid talkers reported last month that the country ingenue had purchased a Whitland home for her mom and dad. That sale, though, was around the corner on Bowling and executed last September via a trust.
Instead, the new owners of the 1930s-era, recently renovated home (pictured above) is the family of Michael Neuss, who will start as the first chief medical officer of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in July.
8. 4017 Dorcas Drive, Nashville 37205
Buyers: Kevin and Julie Annice Campbell
Sale price: $1.17 million
Seller: HR Properties
Seller’s and buyers’ agent: Fiona Parish King, Worth Properties
Avondale Partners analyst Kevin Campbell, who covers Corrections Corp. of America among others, bought this house before it is even built. Once it’s finished, the home will comprise nearly 5,000 square feet in the Evergreen Heights development near Estes Road.
9. 5205 Colfax Court, Brentwood 37027
Buyers: Robert Kent and Linnea Dumler Marshall
Sale price: $1.150 million
Seller: Terri Frost
Seller’s and buyers’ agent: Andy Beasley, Brentview Realty
After more than 200 days on the market, the seller — who appeared as a buyer in Northumberland back in October — came down a smidge on the price. It was originally listed at nearly $1.4 million.
10. 420 Whistler Cove, Franklin 37067
Buyer: Mark Seitz
Sale price: $1.05 million
Sellers: Dennis and Amy Stark
Sellers’ agent: Derek Gerstenschlager, Reliant Realty
Buyer’s agent: Linda Doyle
Seitz is the president and CEO of National Distribution & Contracting, the umbrella organization for almost 300 independent medical, surgical and dental supply distributors that is headquartered near the airport. His new home is 6,000 square feet and sits high on a hill on the east side of Franklin and is notable for its four master suites.