Headline Homes: January 2013

Among the buyers and sellers: a Bass attorney, a Kings of Leon member and a VU prof

Another month and another run on the classic estates in Belle Meade and other west side environs.

If it’s true what they say and people are moving back into the city, even the Headline Homes set proves the cliche. Just one home — a massive Franklin farm — is outside Metro’s borders. Even the few Brentwood buys had listings that promised the houses were on the Davidson County side of the line.

Among the buyers are a bank president, a moving magnate and a record executive buying from one of his famous clients.

As always, what follows is the Top 10 single-family home sales in Nashville and surrounding counties for the month of January, ranked by price:

1. 4400 Chickering Lane, Belle Meade 37215

Buyer: Michael D. Sontag, Trustee Sell price: $2.76 million
Sellers: Hugh C. and Ellen M. Tanner
Sellers’ agent: Steve Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyer’s agent: Martin Warren, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This renovated, 1930 Old World chateau sits on 7.35 acres and includes a 2,000-square-foot pool, guesthouse and lighted tennis courts.

As befitting of that era and neighborhood, the home includes nanny’s quarters and a butler’s pantry (which, this being 2013, is now a hobby room).

Hugh Tanner is the managing director at Morgan Keegan. Sontag is a Bass Berry & Sims attorney who has started to appear more frequently as a trustee in the past several months.

2. 105 Belle Meade Blvd., Belle Meade 37215

Buyers: James W. and Janet E. Ayers
Sell price: $2.6 million
Seller: Dorothy Earthman
Seller’s agents: Betty Finucane and Steve Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Lawrence Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International

Another entry for old Belle Meade. This home, sitting on 6.7 acres, was built in 1948. Included among its nearly 9,000 square feet is a library and brick gallery (with wet bar). The home has five fireplaces and custom milled floors throughout. Its 1,090-square-foot pool house has a vaulted ceiling.

James Ayers is the chairman of FirstBank, the state’s largest independently owned and operated bank, which grew from a single branch in rural Scotts Hill.

3. 340 White Swans Crossing, Brentwood 37027

Buyer: Timothy A. Carlton
Sell price: $2,562,600
Seller: Randall Edward Curran
Seller’s and buyer’s agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties

Built in 2010, this home is newer than this month’s first two entries, but nonetheless echoes an old-school European villa. Discretely sitting on the back of a cul-de-sac, it promises “incredible views.”

Seller Curran is the chief executive officer of logistics giant OHL.

Curran apparently didn’t take full advantage of the home’s 8,542 square feet: The listing indicates two finished spaces could be utilized as bedrooms. And an unfinished basement is ready to convert to a theater and rec room with kitchen and bath.

4. 3275 Kinnard Springs Road, Franklin 37064

Buyer: Gerald Wright
Sell price: $2.5 million
Sellers: Glenn R. and Katherine N. Wilson Sellers’ agent: Lisa Culp Taylor, Bob Parks Realty.
Buyer’s agent: None of record

A relatively paltry amount of information is known about this Kinnard Springs home. Perhaps because it sits on a boffo 75 acres, complete with a pond and barns and the rest of the pastoral amenities one might expect from such an estate.

The home itself was built in 2004 and has five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms spanning nearly 7,500 square feet.

Wright is the president of All American Moving Group. Glenn Wilson is the founder and CEO of SouthStar, the development company that recently paid $25 million for a coveted, Interstate 65-adjacent tract in Cool Springs.

5. 5032 High Valley Drive, Brentwood 37027

Buyers: Paul B. Bleiweis and Debra K. Brown
Sell price: $1.55 million
Sellers: Sherry and William Frasch
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Andy Beasley, Brentview Realty

This Tuscan villa in Brentwood’s High Valley subdivision includes a “cook’s dream kitchen,” a library with vaulted beam ceilings and a covered porch (with fireplace) overlooking an on-site pond. The home offers a robust 8,200 square feet.

William Frasch is a principal at Frawood, a homebuilder. Bleiweis is a Ph.D. and president of green-energy company EASI.

6 (tie). 2001 Cromwell Drive, Forest Hills 37215

Buyer: Ronald H. Casto
Sell price: $1.525 million
Seller: Mitchell A. Binder
Seller’s agent: Marcia Nordstrom, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyer’s agents: Richard Williams and Judy Williams, Crye-Leike Inc.

This 12-room, 6,800-square-footer in Forest Hills promises “attention to detail throughout,” with a perfect floor plan for entertaining and a salt-water pool in a private yard. Sadly, as happens all too often, the chandelier will not remain for Casto.

Binder’s buy of this home — $1.325 million — finished fifth in the September 2010 edition of Headline Homes.

6 (tie). 120 Bonaventure Place, Belle Meade 37205

Buyer: George V. Crawford Jr., trustee Sell price: $1.525 million
Seller: Ellen Hudson
Seller’s agent: Read Warner, The Warner Company
Buyers’ agent: Betty Finucane, Fridrich & Clark

The Bob Gwinn-designed home features his-and-her baths, slate roof and Carolyn Sartor-planned gardens. Again, the chandelier does not remain.

Hudson is the widow of the late Tom Hudson, a prominent Nashville investment banker who served on the boards of both Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Crawford is a partner at Gullet Sanford Robinson & Martin. He certainly has the means to buy the home on his own, but he specializes in real estate transactions and, thus, may simply be representing the true buyer(s).

8. 2205 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville 37215

Buyers: Paul A. O’Hagan and Judith A. Neal
Sell price: $1.435 million
Sellers: Peter E. and Erin M. Keene Sellers’ agent: Keith Merrill, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Linda Chancey, Pilkerton Realtors

Built in 1942, this is a classic in-town Nashville estate, with park-like grounds, four fire places and, yes, original brass doorknobs.

Peter Keene, the president of VF Image Apparel, in September bought with his wife a 1910 Belmont Boulevard classic for $1.375 million; thus, the Keenes ended their swap with a nice profit.

9. 5442 Granny White Pike, Brentwood 37027

Buyers: Jacobus Johannes and Michelle Hamman
Sell price: $1.365 million
Sellers: Larry K. and Maria A. Holland Sellers’ agents: Maria Holland and Angela Parker, RE/MAX Elite
Buyers' agent: Marcie Nash, Pilkerton Realtors

Maria Holland helps sell her own home, a 2006 plantation-style 6,200-square-footer located on Granny White Pike.

It includes a 12-foot-wide wraparound porch, a two-story great room and four fireplaces. There’s a pool house — with bar and bathroom — but no pool.

Jacobus Hamman is a Vanderbilt Divinity School associate professor of religion, psychology and culture and the director of the school’s Program in Theology and Practice.

10. 824 Redwood Drive, Nashville 37220

Buyer: John A. Ingrassia
Sell price: $1.2 million
Sellers: C. Matthew and Johanna Followill Sellers’ agent: Jeanette Nelson, Parks Properties
Buyer’s agent: Karen Morgan, Karen Morgan Realty

It is, sometimes, good to be a King.

Kings of Leon lead guitarist Matthew Followill sells his home (pictured above) for $1.2 million — $300,000 off the original ask when it was listed more than six months ago.

The listing says “This home has ‘WOW’!”

In addition to wow, it has the state-of-the-art SmartHouse system, 20-foot ceilings, a home theater and three “dramatic” fireplaces.

There’s probably more to this sale than meets the eye. Ingrassia is an attorney, technically, associated with Nashville’s Vector Management — which represents Kings of Leon. He is also the former head of Sony BMG. This went down as a straight sale, so perhaps Ingrassia simply liked his client’s former home.