Headline Homes: June 2013

Among the buyers and sellers: a former Titans VP, an ex-United Way CEO and a United Healthcare COO

There’s value to be found in Belle Meade. This month the top half of our list is dominated by suburban subdivisions. In fact, by one — Laurelbrooke.
The Franklin ZIP-coded development boasts homes Nos. 1 through 3 and four of the top five sales in June, with the interloper coming from Brentwood.

The bottom half of the list is dominated by the usual enclaves of wealth in Davidson County — Belle Meade and her nearly as-well-heeled neighbors.

It’s likely just a coincidence or a fluke that Laurelbrooke saw such sales traffic. Things had been relatively quiet from that neck of the woods for a few months, so maybe June was the logjam loosening. But it’s a weirdness worth noting.

As always, the top 10 home sales in Nashville and surrounding counties in June, ranked by sales price:

1. 1037 Vaughn Crest Drive, Franklin, 37069

Buyer: P. Darren Metz

Sell price: $3.5 million

Seller: T&T Properties

Seller’s agents: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties, and Angela Wright, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International
Buyer’s agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties

This month’s top home and the first of four in tony Laurelbrooke is a 14,040-square-foot home that includes a six-car garage (plus workshop), a climate-controlled pavilion adjacent to the saltwater pool and spa. The home also has a theater, a wine cellar and a special in-house phone system that, sadly, does not remain.

Metz, the CEO at NovaCopy, paid $250,000 less than the original ask for the home, which spent more than eight months on the market.

2. 1204 Waterstone Blvd., Franklin, 37069
Buyers: Stuart W. and Maxwell T. Speyer, trustees for the James Family Trust

Sell price: $2.25 million

Seller: Mike Reinfeldt
Seller’s agents: Gary Ashton and Jonny Lee, RE/Max Elite

Buyers’ agent: Nancy Torrans,
 Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

Just around the corner from the top home on our list is this 10,000-square-foot Old World European chat-faux on 1.4 acres. It has a grand foyer and master and guest suites on the main floor, plus three additional full suites up. The home offers three offices, a hobby room and a second rec room.

In December 2012, seller Reinfeldt was, despite being in a business operations role, made the fall guy for a disappointing season and fired as senior executive vice president and COO of the Tennessee Titans. He was previously the team’s general manager.

3. 1208 Waterstone Blvd., Franklin, 37069
Buyers: John G. and Britt M. Rothrock
Sell price: $2 million

Seller: Darren Hodgdon

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

Buyers’ agent: Danny Anderson, Bob Parks Realty

Two doors down from the runner-up on our list is this home, which totals (ahem) modest 7,000 square feet. Though a tad smaller, it’s no less grand, boasting a two-story stairway entrance, 10- to 14-foot ceilings throughout and a professionally landscaped yard. Hodgdon — COO at United Healthcare — is taking the mirror and chandelier with him.

4. 761 Duncan Court, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Alexander L. and Elizabeth S. Stanton
Sell price: $1.91 million

Sellers: Daniel A. and Janis S. Gaudette
Sellers’ agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Rebecca L. Anderson, Crye-Leike

Finally, a digression from Laurelbrooke — all the way to Princeton Hills. This nearly 9,000-square-footer boasts a “guest wing” in addition to all the expected amenities. Its listing also shows great pride in the home’s relatively common building materials: the “remarkable” use of stone, wood, copper and plaster are emphasized.

Alex Stanton is Tractor Supply’s senior vice president of supply chain. Dan Gaudette is the former head of Nissan North America’s manufacturing operations and a former interim president and CEO of the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville.

5. 1021 Vaughn Crest Drive, Franklin 37069
Buyers: Jerrod N. and Victoria Menz
Sell price: $1.865 million

Sellers: James F. and Susan J. Wright
Sellers’ agents: Tricia Whitehead and Leanna Vande Kamp, Bob Parks Realty
Buyers’ agent: Wallace Cartwright, Keller Williams

We return to Laurelbrooke to round out the top half of this month’s list with this 8,884-square-foot home on 1.6 acres. It includes seven bedrooms (each with a full bath), five fireplaces and five garages, instead of just one really big garage. The Wrights threw in the media room’s projector and screen and got what they asked for the house.

Jerrod Menz is the president of American Addiction Centers.

6. 406 West Hillwood Drive, Nashville, 37205
Buyer: Greg Richardson

Sell price: $1.8 million

Sellers: Janet R. and Robert S. McDow IV
Sellers’ agent: Jennie Clements, Prudential Woodmont Realty

Buyer’s agent: John Lott, Main Street
Real Estate

Built in 2012, this contemporary Prairie style home (pictured) has a Crab Orchard stone exterior and fireplace. The flooring is Brazilian teak, while the kitchen is “amazing.”

The McDows built the home and, per the listing, were transferred almost immediately.

7. 4432 East Brookfield Drive, Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: John and Ashley Rosen

Sell price: $1.5 million

Sellers: Deborah S. and George S. Bryan Jr.
Sellers’ agents: Betty Finucane and
Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Unknown

Sitting on a single acre on a “quiet street” in Belle Meade (as if there are loud ones), this home includes a “dream kitchen” and a covered porch with fireplace. It has four bedrooms across its 5,350 square feet. The home spent eight months on the market, eventually selling for nearly $275,000 less than its ask.

8. 520 Westview Ave., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: Barry L. and Katharin S. Dyer
Sell price: $1.4 million

Sellers: Warren and Michelle S. Dunn
Sellers’ agent: Lucy S. Smith, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Frances Whitley, Pilkerton Realty

Because it was built in 1929, this house near the top of Signal Hill in Belle Meade gets to call itself “Signal Hill” just by virtue of longevity.

In any event, the home was recently renovated and has a Ludowici tile roof, geothermal heating, hardwood, Carrara marble baths and kitchen, and all the top-end appliances, none of which were there when the hill was still used for signaling or even when the house took the name of said hill.

9. 4512 Price Circle Drive, Nashville, 37205
Buyer: Wanda McNeil

Sell price: $1.335 million

Seller: Sara K. Johnson, trustee
Seller’s agent: Teri Worthington, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyer’s agent: Melanie Baker, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

The listing promises a “motivated seller” and then appears to make its point with a less than judicious use of exclamation points. After spending 109 days on the market, the house sold for $200,000 off its original ask. It includes an 800-square-foot mother-in-law apartment with its own fireplace.

10. 4008 Nestledown Drive, Franklin, 37067
Buyers: David and Elizabeth Brunson
Sell price: $1.33 million

Sellers: Terry and Susan Bridges
Sellers’ agent: Corbi Parker, Benchmark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Melissa Heithcock, Benchmark Realty

The front doors are from 1850, but the home wasn’t built until 2003. Nestledown Farms is a 5,702-square-foot on 5.5 acres that are “SURREAL,” apparently.

The pool features a fountain and there is a spring-fed pond, all viewable from the screened porch with its own fireplace.

The chandeliers in the study and the dining room do not remain, but were replaced by “very nice” substitutes.