In spring, homebuyers’ minds turn to thoughts of ... large agricultural spreads on the fringes of mid-major cities?
OK, so that’s not exactly how the old aphorism goes, but a glance through this month’s edition of Headline Homes shows how true it is.
The list is led by a 40-acre farm. And scattered throughout the top 10 are farms, largish spreads, rustic getaways and, of course, the usual collection of Belle Meade finery and nouveau-riche boffo builds in gated communities.
Among the interesting names: a former Titan, a country music star and the spouse of a Nashville auto giant.
As always, we present the 10 most significant single-family home sales in Nashville and surrounding counties for May, ranked by sale price.
1. 2036 Wilson Pike, Franklin, 37067
Buyer: Jennifer S. Dunlap, trustee
Sell price: $3.6 million
Sellers: Michael D. and Carol E. Ennis
Sellers’ agent: Patricia A. Carter, Zeitlin & Co.
Buyer’s agent: Michael G. Lytle, Lytle Properties
Franklin’s Stonebridge Farms spans 60 acres — 20 of them were not included in this sale, however — complete with ponds, barns and a “charming guest cottage.” The home itself is a Greek Revival with so many rooms in its nearly 10,000 square feet that the listing was incapable of including them all.
Local attorney Dunlap is starting to emerge as a trustee-of-choice for buyers of primarily luxury bucolic properties in Williamson County.
The home spent just 77 days on the market and fetched nearly all of its original $3.75 mil- lion asking price.
2. 4412 Harding Place, Belle Meade, 37205
Buyer: Cheryl McGuire
Sell price: $2.125 million
Sellers: Joanne F. and J. Michael Hayes
Sellers’ agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyer’s agent: Brandon Plunkett, Keller Williams Realty
The Hayeses — he is the President of C.B. Ragland Co. — sell their eight-year-old Belle Meade home after it spent nine months on the market.
The 5,650-square-foot house features mahogany flooring, a wine cellar and “open and light filled rooms.”
3. 1800 Chickering Road, Forest Hills, 37215
Buyers: Ronnie and Janine Marie Dunn
Sell price: $2 million
Sellers: William Guy Wallace III and Scott Hickman, trustees
Sellers’ agents: Jimmy Pilkerton and Dana Griscom, Pilkerton Realtors
Buyers’ agents: Robin H. Dahl, Parks; and Catharine H. Obolensky, Christianson, Patterson, Courtney & Associates
Country music star Dunn — half of top-selling duo Brooks & Dunn — bought this Forest Hills home, a 1948 neoclassical built for the Kerrigan family. It was designed by John Volk, a renowned Palm Beach, Fla.-based architect. The home includes a copper roof, walkout windows and Doric columns.
The residence (pictured above) also includes gardens with a vintage greenhouse and custom wrought iron from Kerrigan Iron Works, the same company that did the metal working at Cheekwood.
The house offers five bedrooms and four- and-a-half baths across 5,700 square feet sitting on nearly six and a half acres.
4. 478 Cotton Lane, Franklin, 37069
Buyers: Ronald G. and Linda C. Smith
Sell price: $1.8 million
Seller: Kevin J. Mawae
Seller’s agent: Thomas Williams, Pilkerton Realty
Buyers’ agent: Heidi Green, Synergy Realty Network
Erstwhile Titans center and long-time NFL fixture Mawae renovated this 23-year-old home on more than 18 acres in Williamson County, but he still, ultimately, took bit of a bath on it, after he paid a shade more than $2 million for it in May 2006.
The house features a gourmet kitchen, large master suite, pool and pool house (with a full kitchen of its own), two barns and a “sport court.”
5. 403 Ellendale Ave., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyer: Russell W. Bates
Sell price: $1.7 million
Seller: Cartus Corp. for C. Keith and Kelly Sims Herron
Seller’s agent: Renae Voda, Coldwell Banker Barnes
Buyer’s agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Cartus, a corporate relocation service, took ownership of this home last summer when Regions moved Keith Herron from Mid-South region president to head of strategic planning and execution. Cartus also proved even experts aren’t immune to taking a loss on real estate — the company paid the Herrons $2.1 million.
The home, built in 1945, has an “incredible kitchen” once featured in Southern Living magazine.
Bates is a partner at Deloitte & Touche.
6. 9258 Wardley Park Lane, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Daniel Curtis and Cynthia Lynn Cusator
Sell price: $1,512,500
Seller: Rodney Hamilton
Seller’s agent: Kimm McEntire Hamilton, Benchmark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Terri Walker, Coldwell Banker Barnes
Our seemingly monthly Annandale inclusion is a custom-build from 2008. The kitchen features Subzero appliances, while the house has central lighting and audio controls to fine-tune the experience across its five bedrooms and 6,530 square feet.
Hamilton is the chief medical information officer at Informatics Corp. of America and a part-time Brentwood pediatrician.
Daniel Cusator is the vice president for ambulatory clinical services at Vanguard Health Systems.
7. (tie) 5319 Leipers Creek Road, Franklin, 37064
Buyers: Kevin and Christy Berg
Sell price: $1.5 million
Sellers: Douglas E. and Gloria E. Henderson
Sellers’ agent: Ellen Christianson, Christianson, Patterson, Courtney & Associates
Buyers’ agent: Lisa Wurth, Benchmark Realty
Built in 1988 but recently renovated, this home includes a natural outdoor water feature and classic rustic architecture.
In addition to the 3,100-square-foot main residence, the 30-acre property includes a guesthouse with workout room and a “horse barn with over-the-top man cave.”
Kevin Berg is the controller for Bridgestone.
7. (tie) 301 Belle Meade Blvd., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: Alvie C. and Kelly K. Richardson
Sell price: $1.5 million
Sellers: Charles D. and Louise C. Cline
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Anne A. McGugin, Fridrich & Clark Realty
This listing promises “Old Belle Meade graciousness,” as if there are hundreds of McMansions popping up in the city’s old-money enclave. At least this home hits the mark of that mostly meaningless truism. Built in 1939, it is the platonic ideal of mid-century Belle Meade architecture.
Terraces lead down to a pool and, in a subtle hint to another time, there are two laundry rooms.
7. (tie) 851 Curtiswood Lane, Oak Hill, 37204
Buyer: Kelley S. Beaman
Sell price: $1.5 million
Seller: Margaret Avalyn Perry Young
Seller’s agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties
Buyer’s agent: Hal Rosson, Freeman Webb Co. Realtors
Kelley Beaman is the wife of Nashville automobile impresario Lee and is the owner of record of this stately Oak Hill estate, which long belonged to the Perry family, prominent Nashville homebuilders.
The six-acre spread includes a “picturesque brook” and “sweeping views.”
The home was sold as-is, unusual for a Headline Homes listing.
10. 3907 Trimble Road, Nashville, 37215
Buyer: Dennis Robert Sagan
Sell price: $1.499 million
Sellers: Nathan W. and Lauren Keri Lyons
Sellers’ agent: Ryan Miller, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International
Buyer’s agent: Cathie Cato Renken, French King Fine Properties
Built in 1948, the Lyons did a to-the-studs rehab last year and it was worth every penny — the home spent less than a month on the market and fetched all but $900 of its asking price.
The 6,000-square-footer sits just outside Belle Meade and includes antique design elements, a pool and reclaimed hardwoods.
Mr. Sagan is a division director at Pilot. Mr. Lyons was an All-SEC baseball player at Ole Miss who came to Nashville after graduation and started Vintage South Development.