This was a busy month for seven-figure sales in the Nashville market. There were 24 homes in the greater Nashville area will price tags on the high side of $1 million. The monthly average in that price range between January and May was 15.
Despite the relatively heavy traffic among pricier abodes, the prices themselves are fairly average, topping out with a $3 million purchase of a sprawling equestrian estate.
Among the intriguing names this month is a long-time major leaguer selling and a few interesting looking trusts buying, proving that celebrities — or at least folks who can afford the trouble of forming an anonymous trust — like to move in the summer like the rest of us.
As always, this is a list of the top 10 single-family home purchases in June in Nashville and surrounding counties ranked by price.
1. 5443 Leipers Creek Road, Franklin 37064
Sale price: $3 million
Buyer: James Lattimore, trustee
Seller: Robert E. Crout, trustee
Buyer's agent: Cindy Garvey, United Country-Leipers Fork L&H
Seller's agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Sitting on 97 acres adjacent to the Natchez Trace Parkway, this three-story, 4,693-square-foot home includes a top-floor studio "used by many stars to record music." The private, gated horse farm also features barns, a horse arena with spectator stands, two ponds and an outfitters' camp.
Lattimore is a corporate turnaround expert and former head honcho at Lattimore Black Morgan Cain. Crout is also an accountant and has numerous famous clients, including Aaron Tippin.
2. 533 Jackson Blvd., Belle Meade 37205
Sale price: $2.15 million
Buyer: CSP Trust, Jeffrey Mobley, trustee
Sellers: John M. & Leslie T. Hooper
Buyer's agent: Amy Smith, French Christianson Patterson
Sellers' agents: Betty Finucane and Elaine B. Finucane, Fridrich & Clark Realty
This "exceptional true stucco" home (pictured here) sits on 1.81 Belle Meade acres and has five bedrooms — including a two-floor master suite. Included in the 7,276 square feet are both a game room and a pool room as well as a storm shelter.
The trust appears to be an initialism, but no well-heeled, musically talented or athletically gifted CSPs spring to mind. The Hoopers topped last month’s list with their $5.994 million buy on Gerald Place. John Hooper sold Tennessee Wine and Spirits, the wine distributorship his family started in 1939, and recently started a winemaking venture called BNA Wine Group.
3. 31 Bancroft Place, Nashville 37215
Sale price: $2.05 million
Buyers: Joseph W. & Sharon B. Luster
Sellers: Adrian Lamballe & Mary Ann Snowden
Sellers' agent: Sue Chilton, Zeitlin & Co.
Buyers' agent: Lawrence M. Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International
The listing promises this Forest Hills home is a "castle" and it's a hard point to argue. The library is two stories with a circular staircase and if the Lusters get bored with books, they can scoot into the adjacent game room, which has a coffered ceiling — as all the best game rooms do. The home also includes a conservatory among its 10,184 square feet.
And how to heat and cool more than 10,000 square feet? Seven HVAC units. Mr. & Mrs. Luster are president and vice president, respectively, of generic drug company Blu Pharmaceuticals.
4. 1412 Richland Woods Lane, Brentwood 37027
Sale price: $2 million
Buyers: Michael P. & Colleen D. O'Boyle
Sellers: George I. & Virginia Lazenby
Sellers' agents: Laura McSpadden & Corrine Barfield, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Susan M. James, Viva Properties
According to the listing, this home across from Richland Country Club has "too many features to mention," but we'll try anyway. Start with the two-story stacked stone fireplace, reclaimed wood and natural marble floors, along with the antique light fixtures. There are five bedrooms, a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen. There's a four-car garage. And there's one of those fancy central vacuuming systems.
Michael O'Boyle was named president and CEO of Parallon Business Solutions, the year-old back-office subsidiary of hospital giant HCA, in December. Mr. Lazenby is the CEO of health care payments intermediary Emdeon.
5. 1008 Liberty Church Trail, Brentwood 37027
Sale price: $1.94 million
Buyer: Josiah Jean Trust, Julie Boos, trustee
Seller: Steven G. Cates Preservation Trust, Jeffrey Mobley, trustee
Seller's agent: Amy Smith, French Christianson Patterson
Buyer's agent: Cindy Looney, Pilkerton Realtors
Ah, Julie Boos, with your cleverly disguised trust names. You foil us again.
Boos has a long history of representing the famous and protects their privacy behind real estate trusts. But Boos is special. Most lawyers are content to hide their famous clients behind bland, anonymous trust names like "The 123 Main Street Trust." Not Boos. She teases with names that surely include hints if you could only deduce them.
In any case, the Josiah Jean Trust picks up a sprawling Southern estate, built by Cates, a prominent Williamson County builder and currently the state's General Services Commissioner.
6. 417 W. Tyne Drive, Belle Meade 37205
Sale price: $1.7 million
Buyers: Matthew J. & Laura Y. McGirt
Sellers: Anne Beveridge & J. Bransford Wallace
Sellers' agents: Betty Finucane and Elaine B. Finucane, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark Realty
A classic Belle Meade ranch, the 11-room structure sits on 2.4 acres overlooking The Club. The McGirts are both doctors and both teach at Vanderbilt's med school — he in neurological surgery, she in dermatology. They appeared in Headline Homes in 2010, paying $1.05 million for a home on Page Road.
7. 3301 Running Springs Court, Franklin 37064
Sale price: $1.55 million
Buyer: Shawn M. Walters
Sellers: Russell & Jill Branyan
Sellers' agent: Tim Thompson, Tim Thompson Premier
Buyer's agent: Bernie Gallerani, RE/MAX Choice Properties
Russell Branyan is a 36-year-old journeyman Major League first baseman who spent some time with the Nashville Sounds in his lengthy career.
He sells to Walters, who picks up this "one-of-a-kind estate home." It includes a hot tub and a cabana, which comes furnished with a kitchen of its own. The house spent more than three months on the market — coinciding roughly with when Branyan signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees.
8. 4514 Beacon Drive, Nashville 37215
Sale price: $1.46 million
Buyers: Leah & Lee Turner
Seller: HR Properties of Tennessee
Seller's agents: John G. Brittle, Jr. & Lacey Newman, Village Real Estate Services
Buyers' agent: Teri Worthington, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Precious little is known about this, our monthly pre-sold new home. It is more than 5,000 square feet and has 11 rooms and five bedrooms.
9. 31 Northumberland, Nashville 37215
Sale price: $1.425 million
Sellers: Howard T. & Sally T. Walpole
Sellers' agent: Melanie Baker, Zeitlin & Co.
Buyer's agent: Jeff Checko, RE/MAX Elite
This 16-year-old home in guard-gated Northumberland spent just two months on the market, fetching 86 percent of its asking price. Included in its 7,000 square feet is a marble fireplace, perfect when a normal brick fireplace just won't do.
Seller Howard Walpole was a prominent Saint Thomas cardiologist and former chief of cardiac sciences there before taking a lead role at the plush Okyanos Heart Institute in the Bahamas.
10. 13 Governors Way, Brentwood 37027
Sale price: $1.37 million
Buyers: Cecil R. & Tanya M. Pickens
Sellers: Douglas K. & Sherron H. Lackey
Sellers' agent: Douglas K. Lackey, The Realty Association
Buyers' agent: Tari L. Herman, Pilkerton Realtors
It wouldn't be Headline Homes without a home in Brentwood's Governors Club and this one sneaks in by the skin of its teeth.
The home itself was among the first phase in that tony enclave, but there is a guesthouse just two years old. The guesthouse — 1,395 square feet on its own — is an "award winner," presumably from the kind of organization that hands out awards to guesthouses.
Mr. Pickens is a vice president of product and marketing at insurer Coventry Health.