Headline Homes: September 2012

On this month’s list: The son of HCA’s former CEO, a talk show host, a Bristol Development principal, and more...

After this month’s top listing — a $3.5 million purchase on The Boulevard — the values drop off. A modest $400,000 differential separates the home in second place with those tied for ninth place, a nine-home squeeze with values tightly ranging between $1.6 million and $1.2 million.

It’s hard to glean any sort of pattern from this — it could be just an aberration. After all, as it has been for a couple of months, the total number of seven-figure sales is higher than it has been in years. Still, such a tight grouping is unusual.

There are two older homes — both in their 10th decade — and that’s rare enough to be notable. Also, it seems that Sumner County’s Fairvue is going to make regular appearances once again, joining Annandale and Laurelbrooke as the suburban subdivisions of note.

As always, what follows are the top 10 home sales in Nashville and surrounding counties for September, ranked by sale price:

1. 305 Belle Meade Blvd., Belle Meade, 37205

Sale price: $3.5 million
Buyers: Richard and Sara Bovender
Sellers: Edward and Sally Stack
Sellers’ agent: Steve Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Shannon Barton, Pilkerton Realtors

The Bovenders knew what they wanted.

This 8,647-square-foot home with five bedrooms and six baths (plus two half-baths) officially spent zero days on the market and fetched $250,000 less than its asking price. The home includes a 350-square-foot pool house with its own kitchenette.

Richard Bovender is the entrepreneur-in-residence at Clayton Associates. Ed Stack, like Bovender, is an HCA alum, currently the top man at Behavioral Centers of America.

2. 6 Valhalla, Nashville, 37215
Sale price: $1.6 million
Buyer: Rick J. and Anna L. Mills
Sellers: Edmund Cavazos III and Jon P. Fondersmith
Sellers’ agent: Keith Merrill, Worth Properties
Buyer’s agent: Linda Seaton, Benchmark Realty

This “wooded hillside retreat” has soaring ceilings and castle doors — and safe rooms (more than one?). There are six bedrooms and five baths in the 7,470-square-foot Otter Wood mansion, which offers expansive views of its forested lot.

Rick Mills was a longtime vice president at Cummins and now serves as a director for Flowserve.

3. 3801 Whitland Ave., Nashville, 37205
Sale price: $1.575 million
Buyers: John C. and Melissa F. Wellons
Sellers: George Michael and Jodie Cassity
Sellers’ agent: Jane McCracken, Keller Williams Realty
Buyers’ agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This home, built during Whitland’s Golden Age in the 1920s, is advertised as being on “Davidson County’s widest street.” Not sure if that’s true, but if wide streets are your thing, you can certainly do worse than lovely Whitland Avenue. The 92-year-old home (pictured above) was recently renovated but still has the original hardwood flooring in its 7,000-plus square feet. The kitchen is spacious and sun-drenched, and includes stainless steel, granite and antique pine.

John Wellons is a professor of surgery and chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Vanderbilt. Melissa Wellons is an assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt in the division of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism.

4. 305 Watercress Drive, Franklin, 37064
Sale price: $1.5 million
Buyer: Franklin Williamson Group LLC
Sellers: Brian Meneguzzi and Ashlyn Hines
Sellers’ agent: Danny R. Anderson, Bob Parks Realty
Buyer’s agent: Loy Hardcastle, Bob Parks Realty

Not much is known of this home. It was built in 1969 and offers four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. The house spent zero days on the market and sold for a mere $50,000 less than Meneguzzi and Hines had originally asked. (He is a photographer and art director, and she is a founding principal at apartment and condominium builder Bristol Development.)

And that purchasing LLC? It’s associated with Jay Sekulow, talk show host, Fox News contributor and chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, the Pat Robertson-founded counterweight to the ACLU.

5. 4101 Skyline Drive, Nashville, 37216
Sale price: $1.4 million
Buyers: Muhammad and Shaheena Asad
Seller: Jay Ritchason
Seller’s agents: Lacey Newman and John G. Brittle Jr., Village Real Estate Services
Buyers’ agent: Lacey Newman, Village Real Estate Services

Built in 2006 and once featured in Nashville Lifestyles magazine for its “style and beauty,” this home fetched 94 percent of its asking price despite being on the market for nearly six months. It includes a separate nanny’s quarters and is close enough to the Green Hills commercial district to walk.

Muhammad Asad is a cardiologist. Seller Ritchason is the president and CEO of the Skyline Group, a management consulting firm focused on cost-cutting.

6. 1616 Edgewater Court, Franklin, 37069
Sale price: $1.35 million
Buyers: James R. and Kay Green
Sellers: Robert A. and Elaine Jackson
Sellers’ agent: Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International
Buyers’ agent: Sarah A. Kilgore, Pilkerton Realty

While this home features all the typical amenities one would expect at a home in Laurelbrooke, it also includes one unusual feature: a 75-foot waterfall. But it doesn’t have a pool, at least not yet.

7. 824 Windstone Blvd., Brentwood, 37027
Sale price: $1.32 million
Buyers: Daniel M. and Khristie V. Perez
Seller: Mike Ford Custom Builders
Seller’s agent: Sherry Erickson, Southern Land Company
Buyers’ agent: Richard Williams, Crye-Leike Inc.

The new build of the month comes from Brentwood’s Windstone subdivision. It was completed in July. The Perezes thought so much of it, they paid $120,000 more than the original asking price.

8. 342 Vaughn Road, Nashville, 37221
Sale price: $1.25 million
Buyers: William P. and Melissa M. Wallace
Sellers: Donald F. and Kathryn L. Berschback
Sellers’ agent: Greg Cooley, Chateau Properties
Buyers’ agent: Bill Bainbridge, Keller Williams

There are a couple of interesting notes in this home’s listing. For one, the house is a “soft contemporary.” Second, the listing repeatedly emphasizes that while the address is Nashville, the home is actually in Williamson County and the ZIP Code is 37221.

In any case, the home sits on 8 acres (in Williamson County, not in Davidson County, and all eight are definitely within 37221).

9 (tie). 2085 Wilson Pike, Franklin, 37067
Sale price: $1.2 million
Buyer: Mark A. Antonini
Sellers: John B. and Mary Ann Fly
Sellers’ agents: Chris Anderson and Rebecca L. Anderson, Crye-Leike Inc.
Buyer’s agent: Matt C. Ligon, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

This home was built in 1920 on the property of one of Williamson County’s oldest families — the deed was in the Fly family back through the 1890s, according to property records. The home itself is large but not excessively so at 3,368 square feet. No doubt the bulk of the price was surely dedicated to the 60 acres it sits upon.

Antonini is a financial advisor at Robert W. Baird & Co.

9 (tie). 1136 Landing Court, Gallatin, 37066
Sale price: $1.2 million
Buyer: Unknown
Sellers: Elmore and Patricia Waller
Sellers’ agent: Gwen Dowland, RE/MAX Choice
Buyer’s agent: Tina Goade, Reliant Realty

Things are really picking up in the once-troubled Fairvue Plantation subdivision — its stately lakeside homes are now back on this list with regularity.

This one is lakeside and includes a wine cellar and exercise room to go with its four bedrooms within 6,100 square feet.