Headline Homes: July 2013

Among the buyers and sellers: the owner of Suzuki of Nashville, a VU professor emeritus, Bredesen's ex-deputy governor, and more...

There were times, during the deepest pits of the recession’s red ink, when finding $10 mil- lion home sales was a chore. Grimaces, drawn out when the No. 9 or No. 10 top buy came in with just six figures, were frequent.

In July, though, there were 36 homes that sold for $1 million or more.

And what — notwithstanding a recovering economy and a paucity of available homes, especially on the high end — is driving this increase?

Neurosurgeons.

OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But two actual brain surgeons show up this month, in addition to a smattering of other doctors. Also appearing twice: an auto-body shop magnate. And in a curious bit of irony, the last edition of The City Paper includes a property once owned by a publisher of the Nashville Banner. Go figure.

The top 10 home sales in Nashville and surrounding counties for July, ranked by price:

1. 4545 Peytonsville Road, Franklin, 37064
Buyer: Crabtree Ventures LLC
Sell price: $4.2 million

Seller: Rhonda G. Franks
Seller’s agent: McClain Holloway Franks, Battle Ground Realty

Buyer’s agent: Clarence Johnson, Village Real Estate Services

The name of this 48-acre spread — Copper Still Farms — hints at Southern bucolic style, but that’s a ruse worthy of a moonshiner.

Instead, the home sitting on the Williamson County spread is a Cape Cod, and the estate is classic New England plopped into Middle Tennessee.

Seven sets of French doors open up to the 8,724-square-foot main house. The property also includes a 7,000-square-foot farm.

Seller Franks is a real estate agent.

The buyer, Crabtree Ventures, is an LLC created in 2001 and associated with Michael Crabtree. Before the company shut down in 2010, Crabtree led IdleAire, a Knoxville company that made millions by building truck stop service bays that provide power to semis to keep the big trucks from having to idle.

The home is the second-priciest in the Nashville area so far this year.

2. 3710 Pishon Trail, Franklin, 37064
Buyer: Paul A. Mishkin, trustee for Mishkin Family Irrevocable Trust

Sell price: $3.5 million

Seller: Bobby E. Price Jr.
Seller’s agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties

Buyer’s agent: Lisa Peebles, Reliant Realty

This private estate (pictured) sits on nearly 30 acres, providing “spectacular views.” The main house has 15 rooms across its 9,000 square feet. Plus, there’s a 500-square-foot octagonal out-building, currently used as an exercise studio.

Seller Price — who will become buyer Price later in our list — is the owner of Price’s Collision Centers.

3. 4405 Warner Place, Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: Stuart T. and Eliza S. Brunson
Sell price: $2.45 million

Sellers: George S. and Shannon H. Allen
Sellers’ agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyers’ agent: Jennie Garth Lovvorn, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This two-story Belle Meade traditional features handmade Spanish brick in addition to all the usual accouterments one would expect of a home on Warner Place.

Stuart Brunson served as deputy governor to Phil Bredesen and then purchased Aid & Assist at Home, a non-medical home care provider.

George Allen is a professor emeritus of neurological surgery at Vanderbilt.

4. 907 Overton Lea, Oak Hill, 37220
Buyers: Thomas J. and Linda L. Wang

Sell price: $2.35 million

Sellers: Douglas C. and Deborah L. Mathews
Sellers’ agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties
Buyers’ agent: Lawrence M. Lipman,
 The Lipman Group/Sotheby’s International

The Georgian on this four-acre spread in Oak Hill was built in 1930 but was recently “renovated and decorated for (the) most discerning.”

Indeed.

Like many of the home’s neighbors, its yard is terraced with “quality throughout” inside.

Thomas Wang is the physician-in-chief for Vanderbilt Heart, and he bought the home from another doctor — Douglas Mathews is a neurosurgeon.

The property was formerly the home of Edward Bushrod Stahlman, a Louisville & Nashville Railroad executive and later a staunch segregationist and publisher of the Nashville Banner.

5. 23 Governors Way, Brentwood, 37027
Buyer: Mary Ann McCready, trustee

Sell price: $2.258 million

Seller: Dalene Hartshorn

Seller’s agents: Judy Williams and Nathan Matwijec, Crye-Leike Realtors
Buyer’s agent: Martin Warren, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Trustee-to-the-stars McCready fronts this purchase, which was almost certainly bought by a celebrity, though any guess would be mere speculation.

The home sits by the 15th green at the Governors Club and has “elegance on all three levels” and, presumably, through all of its 11,000 square feet.

6. 749 Duncan Court, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Hassan Mousavi and
 Naghmeh K. Naghash

Sell price: $2.15 million

Sellers: Arup K. Ganguly and Hrilina Mukerji
Sellers’ and buyers’ agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties

This 11,000-square-foot faux-chateau represents our monthly foray into Princeton Hills.

Hassan Mousavi is the owner of Suzuki of Nashville.

7. 1621 Otter Creek Road, Forest Hills, 37215
Buyer: J. Kent Wright, trustee for Highland Estates Revocable Trust
Sell price: $1.95 million

Sellers: Jean A. and Timothy J. Douglas
Sellers’ agent: Alison Douglas,
Pilkerton Realtors

Buyer’s agent: Terry T. McAlister, McAlister & Young

High atop a hill, this 5,000-square-foot home, built in 2005, offers a rolling land-scape and long-distance views. Its third floor is 1,300 unfinished square feet, perfect if the unidentified buyer(s) want to expand.

8. 112 Belle Meade Blvd., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: Ravi S. Chari and Sharon E. Albders
Sell price: $1.927 million

Sellers: Michael I. and Linda P. Mossman
Sellers’ agents: Jessica Averbuch, Zeitlin
& Co., and Franklin Pargh, Synergy Realty Network

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

Even in a sellers’ market — and a boffo one at that, especially at the top end — Chari and Albders picked up a home on The Boulevard for more or less its appraised value.

The Mossmans — he’s an attorney — were looking to downsize, according to the listing.

9. 170 Chickering Meadows, Nashville, 37215
Buyer: Bobby E. Price Jr.

Sell price: $1.8 million

Sellers: Bret E. and Jacqueline A. Comolli
Michael W. Bunch/SouthComm
Sellers’ agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyer’s agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties

Here’s the purchase by Price after his sale of the home listed at No. 2.

Price pockets a difference of $1.7 million and still gets a 7,900-square-foot home on two acres. The home includes mahogany cabinets and oak floors.

Seller Bret Comolli is Asurion chairman.

10. 209 Leonard Ave., Nashville, 37205
Buyer: Kathleen Andersen Sheft
Sell price: $1.55 million

Seller: WTKC LLC

Seller’s agent: John Lott,
Main Street Real Estate
Buyer’s agent: Anthony Ryan, Summit Property Management

A new home in Whitland, this Tudor on Leonard Avenue has a cedar-beam porch and an outdoor fireplace. Rare for a Headline Homes entry, the listing touts the availability of good sidewalks.