21 Nov Headline Homes: October 2019 | Nashville Post
A multimillion-dollar megabuy, a Williamson developer and multiple songwriters land on this month’s list of top home sales
This month’s list of top area home sales leads off with a $27.75 million megabuy — and it’s not even a record-setter. While easily the most expensive home this year, it comes tantalizingly close to being the all-time Headline Homes high-water mark, but falls just short.
A surprising number of historic homes — not just prewar Belle Meade beauties, but also 19th-century pieds-à-terre in Franklin — are mixed in with the usual rash of new-builds and teardown replacements. It was a big month for hit-making songwriters, as two cracked the top 10, appropriately enough. Apple Music’s man in Nashville also makes our list of buyers.
As always, these are the top 10 single-family homes sold in Nashville and surrounding counties in October, ranked by sale price.
1. 1350 King Lane, Franklin
Buyer: Iron Triangle Farm LLC
Sale price: $27.75 million
Sellers: Gary and Portia Baker
Sellers’ agent: Jeremy Hall, Mossy Oak Properties, Tennessee Land & Farm LLC
Buyer’s agent: Dan McEwen, McEwen Group
After more than a decade on the market, one of the Midstate’s most expensive real estate listings finally sold in October. Eagle’s Rest Farm first hit the market in 2008, listed for $30 million. In 2017, Arizona-based Discovery Land Co. eyed the Baker property for a Woods-designed 18-hole golf course, but it never came to fruition.
The property features a custom-built 21,000-square-foot home sitting on 686 acres. It offers a 15-acre lake with a boathouse, a picnic pavilion, a horse barn, an equipment and storage building, and a swimming pool and pool house.
Seller Gary Baker is a businessman and lawyer who once co-owned Bristol Motor Speedway and The Fairgrounds Nashville’s speedway. The buyer is a Delaware-registered LLC with a Pennsylvania mailing address that traces to a UPS Store. Amazingly, this is just the second-most-expensive residential sale in Williamson County history. Alan Jackson sold his estate in 2010 for $28 million.
2. 1109 Belle Meade Blvd., Belle Meade
Buyer: 1109 Belle Meade Boulevard Trust; Blaine Smith, trustee
Sale price: $3.354 million
Sellers: Dallas and Natalia Davidson
Sellers’ agent: Stephanie Tipton Soper, French King Fine Properties
Buyer’s agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark
Built in 1929, this “gracious Belle Meade Boulevard home” within walking distance of Percy Warner Park was renovated and updated before it hit the market in July. The 8,010-square-foot home includes two fireplaces and whatever a central vacuum is. The surrounding property features a pool, a garden and a putting green.
Seller Dallas Davidson is a successful country music songwriter who broke through in 2006 with Trace Adkins’ timeless classic “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
3. 725 Westview Ave., Belle Meade
Buyer: Bettie Winton, trustee
Sale price: $3.25 million
Seller: Castle Contractors LLC
Seller’s agent: Brett Wright, Castle Homes
Buyer’s agent: Montgomery Turner, Turner & Associates Realty
This Belle Meade new-build is in the “English Arts & Craft” style, per the listing, and was a joint project between Castle Contractors and Home Beautiful magazine, with interiors from “top U.S. designers.”
Of course, photos of said interiors could not be included with the property’s listing, as Home Beautiful’s November issue had not yet hit the newstands.
4. 4810 Scenic Oaks Private Lane, Thompson’s Station
Buyers: Wade and Rachel Helmle
Sale price: $2.65 million
Sellers: Donna and Kenneth H. Choate Jr.
Sellers’ agent: Matt Ligon, Pilkerton Realty
Buyers’ agent: George Hatcher, Top Bid/George Hatcher Realty
A 9,387-square-foot home sits on this 20-acre estate. The house includes five fireplaces and a five-bay garage, plus 1,850 square feet of porches.
Kenneth Choate is a real estate developer and homebuilder who moved to Williamson County from Hawaii roughly a decade ago.
5. 3801 Trimble Road, 37215
Buyer: Robert Finger
Sale price: $2.565 million
Seller: 3801 Trimble LLC
Seller’s agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties
Buyer’s agent: Ryan Miller, Parks
“Colonial Revival in Old Brick.” That’s the opening “sentence” in 3801 Trimble’s listing, before it goes on to explain that the home, built in 1969, was expanded in a “masterful melding of old and new,” which makes it a Colonial Revival revival. In addition to the 6,776-square-foot main house, the property includes a detached guest apartment.
6. 1003 West Main St., Franklin
Buyer: West Main Trust; Charles Sussman, trustee
Sale price: $2.425 million
Sellers: Andrew and Jan Marshall
Sellers’ agents: Ami Kase and Kim Brannon, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty
Buyer’s agent: Diane Born, Benchmark Realty
High-priced homes in Franklin’s historic downtown are now a regular feature on our monthly lists. October’s representative is the Turley-Marshall House, built in 1880. The two-story Queen Anne lost its original roof in a 1925 fire, leading the then-owner to brick the entire home.
The home includes its original hardwood floors and has 14-foot ceilings. The kitchen has been updated with Viking appliances, and there are six fireplaces spread through the nearly 5,000-square-foot house.
7. 1415 New haven Drive, Brentwood
Buyers: Christopher and Lauren DeStefano
Sale price: $2.36 million
Seller: Mike Ford Custom Builders LLC
Seller’s agent: Mary Kocina, Fridrich & Clark
Buyers’ agent: Susan Gregory, Parks
Completed in June, this five-bedroom, 6,179-square-foot home follows the “Marissa” floor plan in the high-end Witherspoon subdivision. Chris DeStefano is a successful country music songwriter and producer. Among his writing credits: the hit Miranda Lambert-Carrie Underwood duet “Somethin’ Bad,” which in 2016 was reworked as the opening theme to NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
8. 501 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin
Buyers: Jack S. and Vicki E. Hart
Sale price: $2.3 million
Seller: Garden Gate Development LLC
Seller’s agents: Lisa Culp Taylor and Danny R. Anderson,
Buyers’ agent: Matt C. Ligon, Pilkerton
Another historic Franklin property, this fully renovated 149-year-old, 5,727-square-foot home sits on five acres near downtown. The property also includes a small studio.
9. 918 Evans Road, Oak Hill
Buyers: Jay and Jennifer Liepis
Sale price: $2.3 million
Seller: Focus Builders LLC
Seller’s agent: Clay Tate, Benchmark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Ryan McPherson Rygmyr, Corbi and Co.
Our list again bounces from 19th century to new-build. Completed in September, this 5,893-square-foot “Italianate architectural design masterpiece” features both high-end lighting and plumbing fixtures. Even the crawlspace is air-conditioned. There’s a working pantry for people who are tired of their pantries just sitting there, not even trying to get a job, and an outdoor kitchen.
Jay Liepis is the head of Apple Music’s Nashville office.
10. 515 Church St., Unit 5312, 37219
Buyer: ENI Revocable Trust; Brian S. Shelton, trustee
Sale price: $2.2 million
Seller: 505 Property LLC
Seller’s agent: Caroline Rigsby, Zeitlin Sotheby’s International Realty
Buyer’s agent: Eileen George, Reliant ERA Powered
505 Church was so beset with demand for large units that its developers knocked down some walls and turned four units into one. Indeed, so inundated with the aforementioned demand were they that this newly expanded unit sat unsold for 11 months before the mysterious ENI scooped it up.