Headline Homes: April 2013

Insurance CEO, music biz exec, and Bless Her Heart highlight this month's list

Something old and something new lead off this month’s list of the Nashville area’s priciest abodes.

First up is an estate built in 1912, followed by a boffo build in Brentwood one-one-hundredth of the former’s age. For the first time in several months, the list isn’t so top-heavy. That century-old house in Belle Meade is only $800,000 or so more expensive than the No. 10 listing. All 10 homes are in Davidson and Williamson counties, bringing Headline Homes back to its roots after the occasional jaunt to more far-flung locales.

It’s easy to surmise that a few of these houses were bought by celebrities or, at the least, other people with a need to protect their identities — bless their hearts, indeed. One home provides a very tangible reminder of how well a songwriter can do when his words and music find the right voice.

As always, what follows are the top 10 single-family home sales in Davidson and surrounding counties for April, ranked by sales price:

1. 4418 Iroquois Ave., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyer: Michael S. Dixon, trustee
 for the Parrish House Land Trust

Sell price: $2.175 million

Sellers: Kelly S. and Lisa J. Brooks
Sellers’ and buyer’s agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties

This nearly century-old estate spent decades in the Carpenter and Parrish families before the Brookses paid $1.65 million for it in 2002. It has been renovated with a new geothermal system, along with electrical, plumbing and insulation upgrades.

The home offers 10- and 12-foot ceilings, plus a guest apartment over the garage. A split-level, the house totals 5,368 square feet with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths.

2. 9296 Exton Lane, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: John H. and Jennifer J. Mize
Sell price: $1.95 million

Sellers: Don P. and Karla M. Patterson
Sellers’ agent: Lisa Culp Taylor, Bob Parks Realty

Buyers’ agent: Jim Brownsey, Celebration Homes

This new home in Annandale is an 8,958-square-foot custom build on one acre. While the listing touts the usual upgrades — gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, custom cabinets and so forth — it also notes a feature that, perhaps surprisingly, we don’t see all that often on the list, even among the new builds: “green features.”

Mr. Mize is the president and CEO at State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Co.

3. 34 Missionary Drive, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Unknown

Sell price: $1.9 million

Sellers: Sean G. and Laura Hughes
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Darin Cunningham and Christina Cunningham, RE/MAX Elite

Another custom build, this time in the exclusive Governors Club.

The 19-room, 9,740-square-footer with five bedrooms and five bathrooms sits on the highest point in the tony Williamson County sub- division. Finished more than a year ago, the home was originally listed at $1.9 million. The price dropped to $1.7 million, but eventually fetched the original asking price.

4. 407 Jackson Blvd., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyer: Bless Her Heart LLC
Sell price: $1.87 million
Seller: Betsy Ozier
Seller’s agents: Betty and Elaine Finucane, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyer’s agent: Unknown

It’s hard to get a beat on Bless Her Heart. The addresses are tied to a Boulder, Colo., accounting and real estate law firm, and the LLC itself was created seemingly for the purpose of buying this 6,234-square-foot house, built in 1994 on nearly one acre on Jackson Boulevard.

The home has a new roof, water heater and HVAC system, but the high ceilings and the clerestory gallery were likely bigger selling points. The house spent just a month on the market.

5. 5748 Hillsboro Pike, Forest Hills, 37215
Buyers: William C. and Judson C. Allen
Sell price: $1.6 million

Seller: B. Matthew Petcoff, trustee
Seller’s agents: Rita Starling Puryear and Trudy Byrd, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Elaine Finucane, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This Mediterranean-style home sits on more than three acres on Hillsboro Pike. It includes a salt water pool and is “just” 3,800 square feet with only three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Bill Allen is president of Southern Sales Company Inc., a dealer in water and wastewater products for municipalities.

6. 3425 Hampton Ave., Nashville, 37215
Buyers: Robert and Anne Taylor via National Residential Nominee Services

Sell price: $1.595 million

Sellers: Michael J. and Karen B. Stroup
Sellers’ agent: Richard G. Courtney, Christianson, Patterson, Courtney & Associates
Buyers’ agent: Melanie Baker, Zeitlin & Co.

Minimal information about this house is available. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and its 5,300 square feet are flanked by a pair of fireplaces. National Residential is a service that sells homes for people who are relocated by their employers.

7. 5910 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, 37215
Buyers: Chris and Jessica Tompkins

Sell price: $1.55 million

Seller: Mary Ann McCready, trustee
Seller’s agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties
Buyers’ agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark

With McCready acting as trustee, it’s safe to say the seller was some sort of entertainment celebrity, but the reason so many of Nashville’s sparkling stars use McCready is because she’s trusted keeping a secret.

What’s no secret is how the Tompkinses were able to pay for this house. Chris first rose to fame as the co-writer of Carrie Underwood’s smash single “Before He Cheats,” which won a Grammy and a CMA Award. He collaborated with the former American Idol winner and wife of Mike Fisher on her zillion-times platinum 2012 album Blown Away.

The house mimics Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and has been renovated and re- decorated since it was built in 1990 by Barney Byrd, president of private equity firm GenCap.

8. 864 S. Curtiswood Lane, Oak Hill, 37204
Buyer: J. Bryan Echols, trustee

Sell price: $1.475 million

Seller: Tennessee Bank & Trust

Seller’s agent: Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
Buyer’s agent: Sutton Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Just down the road from Far Hills — formally known as “The Tennessee Residence,” and more colloquially known as “The Governor’s Man- sion” — this house was sold by Martin Weber Jr. to the bank (and the owner before him, Sam Lewis Jr.) in lieu of foreclosure in 2011. De- scribed as move-in ready, a “10” and in a sought-after area, it spent just 41 days on the market.

9. 6121 Gardendale Drive, Forest Hills, 37215
Buyers: John E. and Kathryn D. Roberson
Sell price: $1.45 million

Seller: Karen H. Williams

Seller’s agent: Elaine Reed, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Maria Holland, RE/MAX Elite

This very traditional Forest Hills home looks like it is the product of a different era (it was built in 2008). It sits on an acre lot and has an open kitchen that leads into a breakfast nook and a formal dining room. The home’s rec room is “huge” — more than 500 square feet — but there’s also a fully floored attic that can be used for another expansion.
Mr. Roberson is the owner of Advent, which provides branding services to corporate and educational clients.

10. 5137 Remington Drive, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Anthony M. and Ruth M. D’Eredita
Sell price: $1,330,500

Sellers: James A. and Marsha Mallon
Sellers’ agent: John W. Coleman,
Realty Trust Residential

Buyers’ agent: Michael Hays, Benchmark Realty

This “complete executive home” in Brent- wood’s Princeton Hills has two master bed- rooms — one up and one down — and was priced at $150,000 below its tax appraisal due to a relocation. Jim Mallon is the president and CEO of American General Life. Mr. D’Eredita is the executive vice president at Southwind.