In this month’s batch of the top Nashville-area homes sales, there was an “equestrian dream,” an “entertainer’s dream” and a “dream home in a league of its own.” Buyers and sellers ranged from all sorts of CEOs to former Tennessee Titans punter Craig Hentrich to a local restaurant entrepreneur. It’s a Headline Homes dream.
Below are the top 10 homes sales in Nashville and surrounding counties in August, ranked by sale price.
1. 612 Fair St., Franklin, 37064
Buyers: J. Michael and Ann G. Bodnar
Sale price: $2.87 million
Sellers: Mel B. and Cheryl H. Thompson
Sellers’ agent: Chris Thompson, Towne Creek Realty
Buyers’ agent: Unknown
One of the first owners of this home in downtown Franklin was Civil War-era Franklin Mayor John McEwen, who surrendered the town to the Union Army in 1862. Called the Harris-McEwen house (a man named Kerry Harris erected the first part of the home in 1830), it recently underwent a three-year restoration. The 6,500-square-foot antebellum-style house sits on almost a full acre, and includes a wraparound porch. J. Michael Bodnar, a restaurant entrepreneur who is a founding partner at Fresh Hospitality, and his wife Ann purchased the home, which is in Franklin’s historic overlay.
2. 301 Westview Ave., 37205
Buyer: Dana M. Curtis, trustee
Sale price: $2,685,000
Sellers: Steven G. and Lyn W. Cates
Sellers’ agent: Amy Jackson Smith, Worth Properties LLC
Buyer’s agent: Steven Myers, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Boasting a wine room (the listing says it can be a sixth bedroom if the new owners aren’t oenophiles) and a stellar pool, this home “lives wonderfully” and is “pristine perfect.” With separate balconies on each of its three floors overlooking the pool and backyard, this house is for “the buyer who doesn’t want to have to change anything!!”
3. 732B Rock Springs Road, Gallatin, 37031
Buyer: Kristin Intress
Sale price: $2,325,000
Seller: Joseph Merlo
Buyer and seller’s agent: Allison Kennedy, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors
Described as an “equestrian dream property,” this home was the temporary quarters for the family from the TLC reality show The Willis Family. Now owned by Kristin Intress, the CEO of hotel management company Worldhotels, this home includes two barns, 12-plus horse stalls, two horse arenas, two master suites and an in-home theater.
4. 823 Tyne Valley Court, 37220
Buyer: Susan Sharpe, trustee
Sale price: $2.2 million
Seller: R. Clayton McWhorter
Seller’s agent: Anne Ruark, The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty
Buyer’s agent: Rita Starling Puryear and Trudy Byrd, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Formerly the home of Christian author Stormie Omartian — and most recently owned by former Hospital Corporation of America CEO and president R. Clayton McWhorter, who died in January — this $2.2 million house was purchased by Susan Sharpe. A “fabulous private estate on two lush acres,” the home includes a custom limestone facade and “true stucco.” Complete with a 340-square-foot pool house with its own kitchen and laundry room, this one is an “entertainer’s dream home.”
5. 112 Church St., Franklin, 37064
Buyer: William T. Hemphill
Sale price: $2,025,000
Sellers: Pierre and Pauline Pons
Sellers’ agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties
Buyer’s agent: Jamie Helms, Village Real Estate Services
In downtown Franklin’s “enviable” Brownstones subdivision, this house, coming in at 6,300 square feet, is equipped with a theater, an elevator and numerous balconies overlooking a courtyard.
6. 1200 Talon Way, Franklin, 37069
Buyers: James and Graciella Rynerson
Sale price: $1.9 million
Seller: Douglas E. Swanson
Seller’s agent: Christie Mullins, Parks
Buyers’ agent: Nancy Torrans, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors
This 9,000-square-foot-plus house in Franklin’s Laurelbrooke subdivision features a five-car garage, a library, a game room and home theater, and a two-story wall of windows in the living room. Purchased by James Rynerson, an ophthalmologist, and his wife Graciella, it also has five bedrooms and six-and-a-half bathrooms.
7. 308 Deerwood Lane, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Margaret Taylor and Lou Stephens
Sale price: $1,875,000
Seller: Michael R. Burcham
Seller’s agent: Cathie Cato Renken, French King Fine Properties
Buyers’ agent: Tiffany Paige Harwell, Synergy Realty Network LLC
Michael R. Burcham, former CEO and president of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, sold this home after it was on the market for a little more than a month. Sitting on more than three acres, it features elaborate stone and glass work as well as a large outdoor pavilion, pool and waterfall.
8. 9130 Old Smyrna Road, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Quoc V. and Joy E. Nguyen
Sale price: $1.86 million
Seller: Craig Hentrich
Seller’s agent: Connie Nichols, Re/Max Elite
Buyers’ agent: Kellye Potter, American Heritage Inc.
This home, sold by former Tennessee Titans punter Craig Hentrich, is full of amenities: his-and-her offices; a saltwater pool with a “tanning ledge”; a waterfall, rock slide and hot tub; six fireplaces; a game room; a wet bar; and a “flex room” — otherwise known as a workout room or a home gym. It’s a “dream home in a league of its own.”
9. 2055 Timberwood Drive, 37215
Buyer: Michael A. Brody-Waite
Sale price: $1.71 million
Seller: William H. Nealon
Seller’s agent: Pat Skow, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors
Buyer’s agent: Chuck Paetz, The Venture Group
The new CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Michael A. Brody-Waite, purchased this six-bedroom, 7,100-square-foot house in Forest Hills. “Ideal for alfresco entertaining,” this top seller is in a wooded and secluded setting and has “stylish architecture features, simple geometry and thoughtful detail.”
10. 2712 Wortham Ave., 37215
Buyer: Michael R. Burcham
Sale price: $1.65 million
Seller: Wortham LLC
Seller’s agent: Mary Beth Thomas, Parks
Buyer’s agent: Cathie Cato Renken, French King Fine Properties
Michael R. Burcham — you’ll notice he also sold home No. 7 in August — purchased this “truly stunning” newly built home for a little less than he sold his previous property. He also downsized a bit, moving from an 8,400-square-foot abode to a modest 4,800-square-foot home.