Headline Homes: July 2012

Among the buyers and sellers: A former NBA team owner, a Cracker Barrel VP and LASIK specialist/ballroom dance master Ming Wang

Some impressive names make this month’s list.

Leading off is the former owner of an NBA team who got out of the pro sports game after a battle with cancer and now runs a charity. Following him is, perhaps, Nashville’s best-known doctor not named Frist. A once booming, then troubled, subdivision in Sumner County joins the fray and oh-so-many of the well-heeled and well-born are looking for land in addition to their massive mansions.

The run on seven-figure sales is continuing in the market. In total, 19 single-family homes sold for $1 million or more in July in the Nashville market.

What follows is the top 10 of those high-priced sales, ranked in dollar order.

1. 4008 Carters Creek Pike, Franklin 37064

Buyer: Emporia LLC
Sale price: $3.8 million
Sellers: Mel and Cheryl Thompson
Sellers’ and buyer’s agents: Christopher S. Thompson and Tim Thompson, Tim Thompson Premier Realtors

Emporia, LLC shares a Maryland Farms address with the Trulight Foundation, “a mission of service to the Lord Jesus Christ and to the people of the world and to promote a healthy and cancer-free lifestyle through nurturing the body, mind and spirit.” The foundation is the project of George Shinn, former owner of the NBA’s New Orleans (née Charlotte) Hornets.

Shinn’s new home is an 18-room, 9,500-square-foot manor on nearly 53 acres. Included is a three-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse and a 2,700-square-foot carriage house with space for nine cars. In addition, there is a 2,400-square-foot barn on site with an apartment of its own.

2. 161 Chickering Meadows, Nashville 37215
Buyers: Ming Wang and Ye-Jia Xue Wang
Sale price: $2.15 million
Sellers: Robert A. and Leslie R. Waterman
Sellers’ agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Yvonne Kelly, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

Apparently, the LASIK business is booming.

Eye surgeon/ballroom dance enthusiast Dr. Ming Wang picks up this home with “spacious, flowing rooms ideal for entertaining” (and, we suspect, the tango). The 8,600-square-foot home was on the market for just a month-and-a-half and yet Wangs ended up paying $500,000 less than the original asking price.

3. 2046 Fransworth Drive, Nashville 37205
Buyer: Amy Eskind
Sale price: $2 million
Sellers: Sylvia Feldman and Elaine Goldin
Sellers’ agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyer’s agent: Richard B. French, French Christianson Patterson

This may be the first time we’ve seen Art Basel — the Swiss art show regarded as the “Olympics of the Art World” — mentioned in a home listing. This home features “one of a kind accents, crafted from local, national and international artists.”

Eskind sold her West Hillwood Drive home last year and moves closer to Harding Road to this five-bedroom, 8,300-square-foot house overlooking Hillwood Country Club.

4. 6245 Cox Road, Franklin 37064
Buyers: Michael J. and Gina Lavone Zylstra
Sale price: $1.85 million
Sellers: John W. Brock III
Seller’s agents: Mamie McArthur Sanders and Brett Sanders, McArthur Sanders Real Estate
Buyers’ agent: Charles Bond, McArthur Sanders Real Estate

This is the second home on our monthly list sitting on a massive Williamson County spread — in this case, 40 acres near Arrington Vineyards. Accouterments include a two-story fireplace and a Brazilian wood terrace.

Zylstra is the longtime vice president and general counsel at Cracker Barrel. Brock is the surgeon-in-chief of the Pediatric Urology Division at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

5 (tie). 5129 Annesway Drive, Nashville 37205
Buyers: Steven L. Davis and Norene Richards, trustees
Sale price: $1.8 million
Sellers: Wade and Melissa Putnam
Sellers’ agents: Jamie Granbery and Norma H. Warren, Pilkerton Realtors
Buyers’ agent: Vanessa Stalets, RE/MAX Elite

The listing promises this home was constructed by a builder — and that’s true: Wade Putnam is a principal at Medical Construction Group, but there’s nothing antiseptic about this house.

It features a saltwater pool with waterfall outside and heated limestone floors inside.

Obviously the Putnams were willing to hold out for the right deal — they got 90 percent of their asking price despite the home sitting on the market for nearly 18 months.

5 (tie). 334 Lionheart Way, Franklin 37067
Buyers: James and Lynn Harnen
Sale price: $1.8 million
Sellers: Bobby G. Ray Jr. and Karla Ray
Sellers’ agent: Chris Fuller, Bob Parks Realty
Buyers’ agent: Ashley Boykin, Coldwell Banker Barnes

Singer-songwriter Jimmy Harnen is the new owner of this 9,800-square-foot five-bedroom home on 6.7 acres near Cool Springs. It features hand-hewn wood, casement windows and tile and walnut floors.

Harnen got a good deal on it, too. After nearly a year-and-a-half, the Rays came off their original ask of nearly $3 million to sell for less than $2 million.

7. 739 Plantation Blvd., Gallatin 37066
Buyer: Unknown
Sale price: $1.785 million
Seller: Cecelia R. Van Dyke
Seller’s agents: Mark Williams and Shawn Jackson, HALO Realty
Buyers’ agent: Gwen Dowland, RE/MAX Choice Properties

Are things moving again at the once-troubled, now-in-recovery Fairvue Plantation in Gallatin — or as it’s advertised “Nashville’s north shore?”

This 8,700-square-footer spent 140 days on the market, and Van Dyke took $700,000 off her ask to get it sold.

Mrs. Van Dyke is the widow of the late Flavil Q. Van Dyke III, who was a corporate trainer and consultant of some renown. He died in 2010.

8. 29 Governors Way, Brentwood 37027
Buyers: Edward A. and Barbee A. Morgan
Sale price: $1.68 million
Sellers: Randy H. and Donna P. Eller
Sellers’ agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Patti Traxler, Realty Trust Residential

Like we’d go a month without visiting the Governors Club.

This home (pictured) overlooks Hole 16 in the gated community and has seven all-suite bedrooms — plus a theater and a 1,200-bottle walk-in wine cellar with a tasting area. One would expect the home to be well-appointed: Seller Randy Eller is the founder of an eponymous consultancy serving companies in the home accent and furniture industries.

9. 1709 Tyne Blvd., Forest Hills 37215
Buyer: 1709 Tyne Boulevard Land Title Trust Agreement, Edwin S. Pyle, trustee
Sale price: $1.675 million
Sellers: Robert F. McAlpine and Hal G. Cato
Sellers’ agent: Cathie Cato Renken, French Christianson Patterson
Buyer’s agent: Leslie Lovin, Weichert Realtors/The Andrews Group

Hal Cato, the former director of Nashville’s Oasis Center, and business partner McAlpine, an architect, sell this Robert Anderson-designed modern with views of downtown to an anonymous trust.

Not visible from tony Tyne Boulevard, it promises an open floor plan and light-filled rooms. McAlpine and Cato have partnered on restoring and re-selling high-dollar Nashville homes, notably the former Jarman estate on Bowling Avenue.

10. 9543 Sanctuary Place, Brentwood 37027
Buyers: Joseph M. and Tamara L. Schuler
Sale price: $1.5 million
Seller: Kimberly D. Vella
Seller’s agent: Mark Merryman, Realty Trust Residential
Buyers’ agent: Daniel Morrison, Coldwell Banker Barnes

Tractor Supply senior vice president and chief people officer Vella sells her spread to Pepsi’s local market chief Schuler.

The 9,500-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, six full bathrooms and four half baths (good if you drink a lot of Pepsi, one suspects).

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