Headline Homes: June 2014

Among this month's buyers and sellers: Tractor Supply's CEO, AccentCare's CFO, an inventor, and more...

June was a solid month for real estate overall. The area saw a 9.3 percent bump in sales over the same month in 2013, ending a streak of either anemic growth or downright shrinkage.

The top echelon was no different. Forty-four single-family homes sold for more than $1 million last month — one of the biggest numbers we’ve seen in some time.

June was also apparently the month to buy equestrian property. Four of the Top 10 properties, including this month’s No. 1, are outfitted for horses.

This was a month of odd pricing too. Two sales had mind-bogglingly on-the-nose price tags. Among the more interesting sellers: a man who made his name inventing casino gadgetry in the 1990s.

As always, what follows are the Top 10 single-family homes sold in Nashville and surrounding counties in June, ranked by price:

1. 6731 Cool Springs Road, Thompson's Station, 37179

Buyers: Robert N. and Margaret K. Beck
Sell price: $2.645 million
Seller: Dennis Van Slyke
Seller’s agent: Clarence Johnson, Village Real Estate Services
Buyers’ agent: Matt Ward, Keller Williams Realty

This 55-acre property includes two ponds, horse stalls, two barns and a pool. The 16-room, 8,000-square-foot home features a library as well as a master suite with a walk-in closet lined in cedar. The property also comes with a guest house and two apartments.

2. 2301 Golf Club Lane, Nashville, 37215

Buyer: William T. Chapman IV, trustee for 2301 Golf Club Lane Trust
Sell price: $2.45 million
Sellers: Sean Patrick and Ursula P. Whalen
Sellers’ agent: Marcie Nash, Pilkerton Realty
Buyer’s agent: Barbara Moutenot, Village Real Estate Services

The Whalens, a two-doctor family — he’s a cardiologist, she’s a GP — sell this 1951 classic to a William Chapman-protected trust.

The home (pictured at left and below) was redesigned and expanded in 2013 with “attention towards casual elegance.”

Impressively — and this in spite of the warning that the master-bedroom chandelier would not convey in the sale — the home fetched $100,000 more than its listing price after 24 days on the market.

3. 367 Jones Ave., Brentwood, 37027

Buyers: David W. and Joan E. D’Arezzo
Sell price: $2.05 million
Sellers: Anita E. and Gregory A. Sandfort
Sellers’ agents: Susan Gregory and Shannon Pope, Bob Parks Realty
Buyers’ agent: Lawrence M. Lipman, The Lipman Group/Sotheby’s International

The listing promises “they don’t build them like this anymore.” This Annandale home dates from days gone by, all right — all the way back to 2007.

The house features three different types of ceiling — coffered, barrel and dome — plus two laundry rooms. It also has a gourmet kitchen, a wine room and two dining rooms — master and guest, the latter, apparently, for when you want to have people over for dinner but you don’t want to eat with them. In a dramatic case of carrying coals to Newcastle, it has a game room, a media room and bonus room, plus three outdoor entertaining areas. All this shoehorned into 8,800 square feet and less than three-quarters of an acre.

Mr. D’Arezzo was named Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer in November 2013. The Sandforts appeared in the June 2008 edition of Headline Homes when they bought this house for $2 million after Mr. Sandfort was named chief merchandising officer for Tractor Supply. He has been president and CEO of the farm and ranch retailer since the end of 2012.

4. 3207 Manchester Highway, Murfreesboro, 37127

Buyers: Mitchel Whitson
Sell price: $1.9 million
Sellers: Theodore and Constance Bertuca
Sellers’ agent: Ben Wilson, Team Wilson Real Estate Partners
Buyers’ agent: J. Rusty Rust, Stevens Group

Along Lytle Creek south of Murfreesboro, this two-story colonial sits on more than 100 acres, marketed as “one of the finest equestrian centers in the country,” featuring grooming, birthing and breeding areas plus a riding arena.

The house itself is 8,000 square feet.

5. 1406 Kittrell Road, Franklin, 37064

Buyer: David B. Weise, trustee for Shmily Land Trust
Sell price: $1.8 million
Seller: Patricia R. Young
Seller’s agent: Melissa R. Clough, Keller Williams
Buyer’s agent: Diane Born, Benchmark Realty

Another equestrian estate, this one with a house of “only” 6,800 square feet. The house includes a chef’s kitchen and a reading loft. The 11-acre lot has a four-stall barn and a fenced pasture.

Seller Young is a Brentwood attorney. The trust name is interesting. “Shmily” is a fairly common Pakistani surname, but also an acronym for “See How Much I Love You.”

6. 6043 Robin Hill Road, Nashville, 37205

Buyer: Michael D. Sontag, trustee for The Mustang Trust
Sell price: $1,744,457
Sellers: Jeffrey S. and Eileen A. Sherman
Sellers’ agents: Frances McWhirter Andrews, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyer’s agent: Tom Fussell, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Sitting on 1.7 acres in West Meade, this is another home that checks in north of 8,000 square feet, promising “10-foot ceilings, walnut flooring, marble baths, granite [kitchen], whole home audio, arches, deep moldings, wide hallways, stone and wrought iron.”

This one is also notable for the odd price paid by the Sontag-protected trust. Oh, to be a fly on the wall as the Shermans — Mr. Sherman was CFO of LifePoint Hospitals and holds the same position now with AccentCare — negotiated with whoever is The Mustang Trust. We can but imagine:

“OK. We’ll offer $1,744,455.”

“How ’bout $1,744,460.”

“Let’s split the difference.”


7. 3100 Del Rio Pike, Franklin, 37064

Buyers: David B. and Elena W. Graves
Sell price: $1.735 million
Sellers: Jayme D. and Michelle Sevigny
Sellers’ agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Robin H. Dahl, Pilkerton Realtors

Our fourth equestrian estate of the month — this one is called “Misty Meadows” — sits on 16 acres and has a five-stall barn. Built in 1981, the home was recently “updated to perfection.”

Jayme Sevigny is an inventor who holds patents for a “wheel of fortune poker game apparatus” and a system for “customer worth differentiation by selective activation of physical instrumentalities within the casino.”

8. 9283 Wardley Park Lane, Brentwood, 37027

Buyers: Anita E. and Gregory A. Sandfort
Sell price: $1,690,499.41
Seller: GP Luxury
Seller’s and buyers’ agents: Susan Gregory and Lisa Culp Taylor, Bob Parks Realty

If you thought No. 6 had a weird price, No. 8 will knock your socks off. GP Luxury, which bought this home out of foreclosure, sells it for the oddly specific $1,690,499.41, because $1,690,499.42 would have been ridiculous.

The buyers are the Sandforts, who sold up at No. 3.

9. 5053 Hill Place Drive, Nashville, 37205

Buyer: Elizabeth Oakley Waller
Sell price: $1.675 million
Sellers: Harold Edward Jackson III and Janice M. Granbery
Sellers’ agents: Jamie Granbery and Shannon Barton, Pilkerton Realtors
Buyer’s agent: Jeanie Barrier, Pilkerton Realtors

Prior to the sale, this home was used as a rental, which is unusual enough for Headline Homes to be worth noting.

The home includes a stone fireplace, his and her offices, a cedar closet, a wrapping room and a hidden safe (the listing, wisely, did not mention where said safe is).

10. 1495 Willowbrook Circle, Franklin, 37069

Buyers: Joseph B. and Cheryl W. DeSantis
Sell price: $1.63 million
Sellers: Arthur R. and Kathryn L. Jacobs
Sellers’ agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Buyers’ agent: Denise Cummins, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

This all-brick home has an elevator to all three floors, and all six bedrooms have their own bathroom. Seller Arthur Jacobs is the owner of Valkyrie Consulting.