Headline Homes: December 2012

A Keeble creation, a Dougherty design, lots of moneyed Nashville, and more...

A significant number of the 19 seven-figure home sales in December in the Nashville area went final on New Year’s Eve — not surprisingly, given the tax implications of such sales and the uncertainty with which the tax code bid 2012 adieu.

A feature for the month are old-money Belle Meade classics, two of which were designed long ago by renowned Nashville architects.

Franklin’s mayor sold his downtown brownstone, one of just three Williamson County sales on the list. Sumner County scored a pair, but in a bit of real estate auld lang syne, this month’s list was dominated by Belle Meade.

As always, the top 10 single-family home sales for Nashville and the surrounding counties in December, ranked by price:

1. 409 Ellendale Ave., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyer: Unknown

Sell price: $2.715 million

Seller: The Marchetti Company
Seller’s agent: Vicky Marchetti, Fridrich & Clark

Buyer’s agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark

Built in 2008, this five-bedroom, five-and- a-half-bath home comes in at 8,030 square feet.

Design-and-build firm Marchetti bought the land from the Coble family in 2005 for $1.15 million and then set about construction.

The 15-room home sits on 1.14 acres and includes a guest house connected to the main house via the Belle Meade-ubiquitous porte-cochere.

2. 299 Jones Parkway, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Bennie and Michele Sharp
Sell price: $2.7 million

Seller: Douglas A. Brace, trustee
Seller’s agent: Donna Tisdale, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Peggy A. Mathews, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This massive, 10,888-square-foot colonial was the 2006 Parade of Homes winner and, since that time, has added another 1,362 square feet. The very well-appointed grounds in the Annandale subdivision include a waterfall.

Also included: a state-of-the-art theater, a bonus room with “English Pub bar” and an in-law/teen suite with private entry.

3. 4419 Chickering Lane, Belle Meade, 37215
Buyers: Mary Carlisle and Benjamin S. Gambill III

Sell price: $2 million

Seller: Rapidan LP
Seller’s agents: Trudy Byrd and Rita Starling Puryear, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark

This Chickering classic was built in 1937 and its listing includes the most coveted words a home from that era can carry: designed by Edwin Keeble (he of L&C Tower fame).

And the home touches on all kinds of tony Nashville history.

Rapidan is the nom de deed of Alexis Jones Joyce, who bought the home from Milbrey Waller Andrews in 1996, who inherited the home from her mother, Milbrey Warner Waller, namesake of the library at Warner Parks, which makes sense because Mrs. Waller got the land from her father, Edwin Warner himself.

Of course, the new owner, the third Ben Gambill, is no stranger to moneyed Nashville history. His family has controlled Braid Electric for decades and his father sits on the board at MBA. Mr. Gambill III is a venture capitalist.

4. 4425 Warner Place, Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: John C. and Dorothy Sifford
Sell price: $1.575 million

Sellers: Charles E. and Susan Cooke
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties

Another Belle Meade classic, this stucco- and-wood, two-story home (pictured) was built in 1915 and designed by Nashville architectural legend (and Atlanta, too) Edward Dougherty.

Sitting on two acres and mere “steps to Belle Meade Country Club,” the home “exudes character.”

The home has been in the Cooke family since 1975, when G. Edward Cooke paid $99,500 for it from Belle Meade Country Club, which was willed the home by T.I. Webb.

Mr. Sifford is the chairman and CEO of Ovation Events.

5. 1493 Willowbrooke Circle, Franklin, 37069
Buyers: Elizabeth J. Phillips and Simon A.K. Mallal

Sell price: $1.525 million

Seller: Jone L. Koford
Seller’s agent: Nancy Torrans,
 Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

Buyers’ agent: Lawrence M. Lipman, The Lipman Group - Sotheby’s International

This six-bedroom, six-and-half bath, 9,128-square-foot home in Willowbrooke was built in 2002. Despite its relative new- ness, it includes new lighting, granite and fresh paint.

Sets astride a lake, the home also features a saltwater pool, sauna and steam shower.

Koford is an executive at LifePoint Hospitals.

Mallal is a world-renowned HIV/AIDS expert and a visiting professor at Vanderbilt.

6. 2 Buckland Abbey, Nashville, 37215
Buyers: Richmond and Leanne Dougall
Sell price: $1,422,500

Seller: Regions Bank

Seller’s agent: Frank B. Skaggs IV, Century 21 Premier
Buyers’ agent: Shelly Dawson, Century 21 Premier

Such a sad phrase: “Buyer could not perform.”

But one man’s failure is another’s success. This Northumberland home includes a grand, double-staircase entry, his-and-hers master baths, and a four-car garage.

Oh. And it’s more than 11,000 square feet.

Richmond Dougall is a real estate attorney. This purchase appears to be personal.

7. 1339 Dickerson Bay Drive, Gallatin, 37066
Buyers: Edward C. and Deanna Michelle Fletcher

Sell price: $1.36 million

Sellers: Scott and Debbie Gage
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Kari Powell, Keller Williams Realty

While nearly every Gallatin entry in Headline Homes is located in the once-troubled, now-recovering Fairvue Plantation subdivision, this one is sited on a cove across from Fairvue.

Once featured in Home magazine, it includes a two-slip dock, six-car garage and turret staircases. Plus, it’s outside Gallatin city limits, so no city taxes.

Mr. Fletcher is the principal of Fletchline Inc., a conveyer systems company.

8. 145 Second Ave. S., Franklin, 37064
Buyers: Norman M. and Lynne W. Pryor
Sell price: $1,302,500

Sellers: Ken and Linda Moore

Sellers’ agent: Danny R. Anderson, Bob Parks Realty
Buyers’ agent: Kyra Scoville, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

Brownstones rarely make Headline Homes, but, then again, brownstones rarely cost more than $1.3 million.

Built in Franklin’s historic downtown in 2008, the 5,700-square-foot home has four stories and heated floors.

The seller, Ken Moore, is Franklin’s mayor and an orthopedic surgeon.

9. 423 Westview Ave., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyer: Cheryl Glass Smith

Sell price: $1.25 million

Sellers: George L. and Norene B. Yowell
Sellers’ agent: Betsy Bass Miller, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

Buyer’s agent: Suzanne T. Lewter,
 Fridrich & Clark

Built in 1946, this Georgian colonial sits on 1.5 acres and has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in its nearly 6,000 square feet. Yowell is a long-time Nashville banking executive.

10. 2540 Long Hollow Pike, Hendersonville, 37075
Buyers: Donald R. and Patti A. Herron
Sell price: $1.2 million

Sellers: Kevin and Michele Smith
Sellers’ agent: Lindy Gaughan, RE/MAX Choice Properties
Buyers’ agent: Barb Cree, RE/MAX Choice Properties

This 15-room manse sits on 22 acres just outside Hendersonville. The property includes two pastures plus a 30-foot-by-50-foot barn.

Kevin Smith is a member of the board of Home Expo Design Center. Don Herron is a long-time Hendersonville contractor.