Headline Homes: October 2012

Alan Jackson unloads Center Hill Lake spread, record producer takes loss on Oak Hill estate, and more...

It sure seems like Alan Jackson is downsizing.

Two years after he sold his massive 135-acre estate for $28 million, Jackson moves his Smithville lake retreat for $3.6 million. The Dekalb County appearance, a rarity for Headline Homes, leads off this month’s list, which includes a huge home in Sumner County at No. 2.

The usual suspects — Laurelbrooke, Princeton Hills, The Governors Club — appear here also, as does a century-old foursquare on Belmont Boulevard. The price-clustering trend of the past few months continues as homes No. 5 through No. 10 are separated by just $225,000.

Here’s our list of the Top 10 single-family home sales in Nashville and surrounding counties for October, ranked by price:

1. 6500 Coconut Ridge Road, Smithville 37166

Buyer: Roventi LLC - Force-B Series
Sale price: $3.62 million
Sellers: Alan and Denise Jackson
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties

Rarely do homes in bucolic Dekalb County make this list. But rarely do country music superstars sell their lakefront homes.

More than a year ago, Alan Jackson listed this retreat at nearly $5 million. He couldn’t coax a buyer to offer that much, and $3.6 million is, seemingly, quite a steal.

The five-bedroom main house is “Hamptons style” and totals 6,114 square feet. The four-bedroom guest house comes in at 2,600 square feet. And if that’s not enough, there’s a one-bedroom cabin on the 3.6 acres, too. The property also includes a private dock on Center Hill Lake, plus a helipad, if one isn’t inclined to boat or drive to her or his home.

The buyer, Roventi LLC, has a mailing address in Adams and is associated with Joseph Calabrese and Tracy Guarino, principals at Clarksville’s ForceX Inc., an aviation software company.

2. 123 Summit Lane, Hendersonville 37075

Buyer: Michael Sontag, trustee
Sale price: $2.86 million
Sellers: David J. and Kimberly Luckey
Sellers’ agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Buyer’s agent: Laura Stroud, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Most of the entries for Sumner County come from Gallatin’s tony Fairvue Plantation, but there are still big homes available in Hendersonville. This one overlooks Old Hickory Lake and offers panoramic views and walnut flooring throughout. There’s an elevator, a theater and a terrace for gazing upon the lake.

The 2007-built home — which comes it at a boffo 17,321 square feet — has seven bedrooms and eight full baths. There are his-and-her offices and a full office suite on the third floor.

Seller David Luckey is the president of luxury homebuilder Southeastern Building Corp. Sontag, an attorney at Bass Berry & Sims, is listed as the trustee. It is unclear if he purchased the home himself or if he represented the true buyer.

3. 1002 Tyne Blvd., Oak Hill 37220

Buyer: Unknown
Sale price: $2.65 million
Seller: Tony Brown
Seller’s agent: Karen Morgan, Karen Morgan Realty
Buyer’s agent: Marilyn Gross, Hodges and Foshee

The listing says the seller has $4.3 million invested in this Oak Hill estate, so $2.65 million is a bit of a steal. The 6,600-square-foot home (pictured below) sits on 2.8 acres with a pool, cabana and guest house in addition to the 11-room main house.

The seller, Tony Brown, is a well-known Nashville record producer.

4. 6207 Hillsboro Pike, Forest Hills 37215

Buyer: Unknown
Sale price: $2.25 million
Sellers: James Hunter Adkins, trustee
Sellers’ agent: Karen Morgan, Karen Morgan Realty
Buyer’s agent: Marilyn Gross, Hodges and Foshee

Described as a “gentleman’s farm,” this 4,858-square-foot home (pictured above) sits on 9.4 acres with pastures, stables, a swimming pool and a stocked pond.

Adkins is the trustee of the residual of the estate of the late Mirita Johnson Rose.

5. 1089 Vaughn Crest Drive, Franklin 37069

Buyers: James Brian and Kristen A. Junghans
Sale price: $1.6 million
Seller: David Beckwith
Seller’s agent: John Lott, Main Street Real Estate
Buyers’ agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This Laurelbrooke home makes its second appearance on the list. It came in at No. 6 in April 2008 when David Beckwith paid $1.6 million for it. Beckwith, president of Franklin-based Eco-Energy Inc., sells four years later for the same price.

The listing promises five fireplaces and a “stunning basement.”

Brian Junghans is a partner at health care IT firm Cumberland Consulting Group.

6. 1801 Waterstone Court, Franklin 37069

Buyers: J. Wills and Barbara Oglesby
Sale price: $1.55 million
Sellers: Bruce and Angela Bennett
Sellers’ agent: Nancy Torrans, Zeitlin & Company
Buyers’ agent: Elaine Reed and Keith Merrill, Worth Properties

This home might as well be a hotel. The kids’ bedroom has four paired bunks (that’s eight beds for folks who aren’t math majors), plus there are two lofts that can sleep up to 16 people. And, appropriate for a home with all that extra sleeping space, the house includes a friends’ entrance.

Bruce Bennett is the principal of B.L. Bennett & Associates, a construction consultancy. J. Wills Oglesby is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic shoulder repair.

7. 1 Governors Way, Brentwood 37027

Buyers: Samuel J. and Dorothy Coulter
Sale price: $1.51 million
Sellers: William and Catherine Hannah
Sellers’ agent: Douglas K. Lackey, The Realty Association
Buyers’ agent: Jane Jackson, Pilkerton Realtors

This is the signature residence in the signature Governors Club. There is only one 1 Governors Way, as the listing promises.

The Hannahs are making a tidy profit on the home — they bought in 2001 for $1.3 million — but the home originally sold when the subdivision opened in 1999 for $1.86 million. Mr. Coulter is the vice president of employee and labor relations for HCA.

8. 5107 Yale Court, Brentwood 37027

Buyer: Kimberley Dobbs
Sale price: $1.46 million
Sellers: D. Mac and Cheryl Grisham
Sellers’ agents: Tom Pierce and Jerry Kemp, Coldwell Banker Barnes
Buyer’s agent: Emily Bock, Cottage Realty

Kim Dobbs is the president and founder of an eponymous consulting firm. According to the company website, “Dobbs Consulting is a specialty niche Clinical Research Organization (CRO), consisting entirely of a network of clinical research consultants with a focus in Phase I and Phase II Oncology research.”

Must be lucrative.

9. 859 Windstone Blvd., Brentwood 37027

Buyers: Charles Fred and Loretta LeMaistre
Sale price: $1.4 million
Seller: Mike Ford Custom Builders
Seller’s agent: Sherry Erickson, Southern Land Company
Buyers’ agent: Ron Kocina, Brentwood Brokers

Our monthly new build features a first-floor master suite and study, a partially finished basement with its own guest suite, kitchen and great room, and covered porches front and back.

Fred LeMaistre is the physician in chief of hematology and bone marrow transplants at Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute.

10. 2401 Belmont Blvd., Nashville 37212
Buyers: Peter and Erin Keene
Sale price: $1.375 million
Sellers: Brian and Valerie Cooper
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Keith Merrill, Worth Properties

For all the new homes, it’s always nice to have a classic, too. Peter Keene, president of VF Image Apparel, bought this home, built in 1910. It includes all the old-style touches — porte-cochere, terrace, custom millwork — but also has a new granite and stainless steel kitchen.

Built in the American four square style, the home has been “meticulously renovated” and features more hardwoods than a virgin forest.