Headline Homes: July 2014

Among this month's buyers and sellers: the mayor's brother-in-law, Lee Beaman's wife, a former state finance commissioner, and more...

If July 2014 is to be remembered, it will be as the month former Haslam cabinet members bought new houses.

Two recently retired commissioners check in on the list, as does a trust for the benefit of Mayor Karl Dean's brother-in-law.

Also of note this month: a sale by the wife of auto dealer Lee Beaman, who last year purchased a fixer-upper (a rarity for Headline Homes, as the houses atop the market tend not to need much fixing) and apparently decided the fixing-up was too much bother.

As always, what follows are the top 10 home sales in Nashville and surrounding counties (though this month, the list ventures only as far afield as Brentwood) for July, ranked by sales price:

1. 533 Jackson Blvd., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: Pat W. and Alice W. Denton
Sell price: $3 million
Seller: CSP Trust
Seller's agent: Amy Smith, Worth Properties
Buyers' agent: Lacey Newman, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This home (pictured) on the corner of Jackson Boulevard and Gerald Place — "one of the most cherished corners in Belle Meade," per the listing — has five bedrooms across its nearly 7,700 square feet. It spent zero days on the market, which seems anomalous (except to folks who have been in the market for a home recently).

The Dentons are the proprietors of Denton Elliot, a high-end furniture and home decor importer, which means they'll have plenty of goodies to decorate a home that already includes vintage millwork and state-of-the-art electronics.

2. 4333 Chickering Lane, Forest Hills, 37215
Buyer: Joseph Coughlan Davis Trust
Sell price: $2.999 million
Sellers: David L. and Rita B. Solomon
Sellers' agent: Molly Williamson, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Sitting on five acres in Forest Hills, this classic Georgian promises to be "exquisite and charming yet comfortable." The grounds include a saltwater pool and guest house. The main house — checking in at 9,380 square feet — has a "handsome library" to along with six bedrooms.

Buyer Joe Davis is the brother-in-law of Mayor Karl Dean and nephew of Joe Davis of Davis Coals, the renowned philanthropist who has nearly as many buildings named for him in Nashville as Andrew Jackson.

Seller David Solomon is the managing director of Meritage Funds, a growth equity firm.

3. 13 Colonel Winstead Drive, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Mark A. Emkes and Maria Concepcion Renes Gomez
Sell price: $2.45 million
Sellers: Lawrence and Ramona Mitchell
Sellers' and buyer's agent: Jack S. Miller, Parks

Former Bridgestone CEO and state Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes picks up this Governors Club home, a 14,500-square-footer that overlooks the golf course. (NB: Nearly every listing for the tony subdivision promises a view of the golf course.)

The house — in "Parade-Home condition" — has an owner's suite with fireplace, sitting room, breakfast bar (which is also available at Shoney's for far less than $2.45 million) and an elevator.

4. 46 Governors Way, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: David J. and Carol A. Lindsay
Sell price: $2.05 million
Sellers: Jeffrey L. and Karianne K. McKinney
Sellers' agent: Stephanie Webb, Benchmark Realty
Buyers' agent: Judy Williams, Crye-Leike Realtors

Another Governors Club entry (yes, it has a view of the golf course), this one purchased by Dave Lindsay, vice president of administration at filtration giant Clarcor. While wine cellars are fairly common on Headline Homes, this house also has a built-in coffee bar (barista not included).

Seller Jeff McKinney is the managing director for Accenture.

5. 301 Westview Ave., Belle Meade, 37205
Buyers: Steven G. and Lyn W. Cates
Sell price: $1.975 million
Sellers: Clay and Stewart R. Taylor
Sellers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Amy Smith, Worth Properties

July was the month for former Haslam cabinet members to make home buys, it seems. Steven Cates, former commissioner of the Department of General Services, shelled out for this Belle Meade home with a "park like" backyard.

The 8-year-old home includes "top of the line appliances, custom cabinetry, beautiful moldings, [and] walnut floors." What's more, the exterior is brick covered by real stucco; none of that fake stuff in Belle Meade.

Seller Clay Taylor is the director of business development at Net Lease Alliance.

6. 851 Curtiswood Lane, Oak Hill, 37204
Buyer: Martin E. Fox, trustee for Thomas Bennett Trust
Sell price: $1.95 million
Seller: Kelley S. Beaman
Seller's agent: Hal Rosson, Freeman Webb
Buyers' agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark Realty

In May 2013, Kelley S. Beaman — wife of Nashville automobile impresario Lee — became the owner of this stately Oak Hill estate, which long belonged to the Perry family of prominent Nashville homebuilders. Unusual for Headline Homes, it was sold as-is.

Just a touch more than a year later, she sells the 1930 home, and once again it goes as-is. The listing indicates the "house needs total renovation," and the kitchen and laundry room have been "removed." Despite this, she made $450,000 on the deal.

The listing also warns there are "important deed restrictions." A review of all the deeds of this property dating back to 1933 did nothing to reveal what those restrictions are.

7. 1019 Gateway Lane, Oak Hill, 37220
Buyer: Johnson Joseph Cooper
Sell price: $1.925 million
Sellers: John J. and Mariann W. Morris
Sellers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyer's agent: Cathie Cato Renken, French King Fine Properties

Another zero-days-on-the-market sale, this 4,800-square-foot home built in 1948 sits on nearly two acres.

Seller John J. Morris is an executive director at J.P. Morgan.

8. 9251 Wardley Park Lane, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Jeffrey L. and Karianne K. McKinney
Sell price: $1.85 million
Sellers: Cynthia D. and Donald A. Perettie
Sellers' agent: Mary A. Kocina, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Stephanie Webb, Benchmark Realty

The McKinneys — who sold in Governors Club at No. 4 — buy in Annandale at No. 8, pocketing $200,000 in the process. This one is an "entertainer's delight" with a state-of-the-art UV saltwater pool and spa and a 400-square-foot all-season porch.

Seller Cindy Perettie is the president of SCRI Services at Sarah Cannon Research Institute.

9. 5250 Hayes Place, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Lane and Amy Wallace
Sell price: $1.815 million
Seller: Paula Portacci
Seller's agent: Paula Hinegardner, Keller Williams Realty
Buyers' agent: Unknown

Governors Club isn't the only subdivision with golf course views. This "spectacular pool home" in McGavock Farms has an "amazing" view of the track at Brentwood Country Club. Built in 2005, this home includes a "grand paneled library with fireplace" and an outdoor kitchen.

The Wallaces have appeared in Headline Homes three times — all as buyers. Their last two appearances were in August and October 2010.

10. 1029 Chancery Lane South, Belle Meade, 37215
Buyer: Gar Bo Wong
Sell price: $1.69 million
Sellers: Julie W. and D. Breck Walker
Sellers' and buyer's agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Apparently the only thing better than being on "one of the most cherished corners" for buyers in Belle Meade — as our top home purports to be — is being on a dead-end street in Belle Meade, which gets bragged about so frequently in high-end home listings, one would think the enclave is prone to street gangs cruising the tree-lined streets.

Unusually, this home boasts five HVAC systems, making it the coolest house in the neighborhood — or the hottest.