Glengarry Glen Campbell: Surprise buyer among December's biggest Middle Tennessee home transactions 

Headline Homes: December 2013

Headline Homes: December 2013

The end of 2013 was, apparently, a time to look back.

Several of the homes on this month's list are either old, designed to look old, celebrate the old, or are just rustic retreats that echo an older time. Perhaps the nostalgia the holidays bring and the stereotypical end-of-year retrospection inspired this month's clutch of buyers.

Among the notable purchasers: Glen Campbell; a new Vandy dean; relocating vintners; and relocating ranchers.

As always, these are the top 10 home sales in Davidson and surrounding counties for December, ranked by sale price.

1. 224 Ensworth Place, Nashville, 37205

Buyers: Craig P. and Trista M. Goguen

Sale price: $3.085 million

Seller: Charles Robert Pruett

Seller's agent: Jane McCracken, Keller Williams Realty

Buyers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Though not built until 2006, this home has 100-year-old wood floors and an antique marble fireplace, one of five in the home (though the new buyers did not get the antique doors).

Included in its nearly 8,400 square feet is a wine cellar and a tasting room.

Craig Goguen is the president and CEO of DSI Renal, one of the nation's largest providers of dialysis services.

2. 425 Jackson Blvd., Belle Meade, 37205

Buyer: Kimberly W. Coakley

Sale price: $2.9 million

Seller: 425 Jackson Boulevard Trust, Steve G. Fridrich, trustee

Seller's agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyers' agent: Joe K. Hach, Keller Williams Realty

This faux-chateau of 7,672 square feet sits on a single acre on Jackson Boulevard in Belle Meade. The listing promises "great flow" and "privacy," along with 10-foot ceilings.

Kim Coakley is the owner of SMS Holdings, founded by her late husband William, who died in 2004.

2 (tie). 5395 Old 96, Leipers Fork, 37064

Buyers: Eric & Samantha Coghlan

Sale price: $2.9 million

Sellers: William T. and Dale B. Powell

Sellers' agent: Jay Barron, Harpeth Company

Buyers' agent: Heidi Green, Synergy Realty Network

Built in 1997 from historic materials, Poplar Forest, as this home is known, mimics the antebellum vernacular style of Tennessee. The Greek Revival sits on 100 acres and is "faithful to the original style, down to the door hardware."

The Coghlans are the owners of a winery and jeweler in Los Olivos, Calif. Seller William Powell is a Franklin builder who specializes in restoring older homes and (surprise, surprise) building new homes faithful to old style.

4. 9306 Exton Lane, Brentwood, 37027

Buyer: Unknown

Sale price: $1,983,800

Sellers: Gary A. and Cynthia Garfield

Sellers' and buyer's agents: Susan Gregory and Lisa Culp Taylor, Bob Parks Realty

Wouldn't be Headline Homes without an entry from Annandale, would it? Brentwood's luxury subdivision comes through seemingly every month with a Top 10 entry.

This one includes a hobby room, wine room, two media rooms and an outdoor fireplace.

5. 4410 Honeywood Drive, Belle Meade, 37205

Buyer: Margaret Thompson Smith Trust

Sale price: $1.75 million

Seller: Amy Lucile Rich

Seller's and buyer's agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

A Belle Meade classic built in 1929, this home has "great bones," we're told. As befits a home of that locale and era, it includes spacious rooms for entertaining throughout its 5,600 square feet on little more than one acre.

Rich is the daughter of the late John Rich, the Delta Coals founder and Vanderbilt booster largely seen as responsible for funding much of the Commodores' athletic expansion.

6. 827 Battery Lane, Oak Hill, 37220

Buyer: House Cavalleri Trust, Stanley Schneider, trustee

Sale price: $1.725 million

Sellers: Mickie and Robert E. Marberry

Sellers' agent: Kathy P. Coleman, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyer's agent: Steve Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Custom-built in 2009, the 8,586-square-foot home includes reclaimed hardwood floors (a running theme, it seems). It has a large basement suite and an unfinished 1,500 feet over its detached four-car garage.

The purchasing trust is the same as the trust that sold the California home of country music star Glen Campbell.

7. 2006 Farnsworth Drive, Nashville, 37205

Buyer: Martha J. Menkemeller

Sale price: $1.6 million

Sellers: Ronald G. and Renate H. McAbee

Sellers' agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties

Buyer's agent: Sutton Lipman, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

We've run across all kinds of architectural style descriptors in the life of Headline Homes, but this one is new: "Charleston-inspired."

Indeed, the Hill Place home would not look out of place on the old-money streets of South Carolina's most charming city. It even has a walled courtyard with a water feature.

8. 919 Lynnwood Blvd., Belle Meade, 37205

Buyers: M. Eric & Nancy G. Johnson

Sale price: $1.55 million

Sellers: M. Rush and Joan R. Benton

Sellers' agent: Margaret H. Taylor, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyers' agent: Marcie Nash, Pilkerton Realty

Our Old South journey continues with this "Plantation-style" home on Lynnwood, which was sold, the listing says, despite having "no sign."

M. Eric Johnson was named Vanderbilt's dean of Business (a brilliant title, though, in effect, he's the dean of the Owen Graduate School of Management) in April.

9. 170 Scanty Branch Road, Dixon Springs, 37057

Buyers: Ted L. and Caroline L. Kjerstad

Sale price: $1.5 million

Sellers: Richard T. and Martha J. Jones

Sellers' agent: Chris Mannino, The Lipman Group Sotheby's International Realty

Buyers' agent: Ben Benjamin, Crye-Leike Inc.

Rare is the Headline Home in Trousdale County, though maybe more should come from there. This one might be a steal at twice the price.

First, there's 185 acres. Then there's the 8,500-square-foot main house and another structure that comes in at 7,500 square feet. What is this second massive building? No idea. (A stable? A barn? It could be anything!) The listing says it is a "Gatlinburg-like setting," which it indeed may be, and "close to Nashville Airport," which it only is if one considers a one-hour drive "close."

The Kjerstads run Git R Done Outfitters, a hunting ranch in northwestern Nebraska.

9 (tie). 5405 Waddell Hollow Road, Franklin, 37064

Buyers: Timothy and Lisa A. Unger

Sale price: $1.5 million

Seller: Joseph Neil Thrasher Jr.

Seller's and buyers' agent: Jane Hunter Hicks, Bob Parks Realty

The listing promises "rustic elegance" from this home in rural Williamson County. Sitting on 4.5 acres, it includes a saltwater pool (with waterfall!) and two woodburning fireplaces.

Tim Unger is the CEO of HCA's Parallon Technology Solutions unit, a title he received after his company, Vision Consulting, took a larger role within HCA's business and operational services unit.



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