Headline Homes: July 2019

4031 Sneed Road

It takes more than half the list — including a stop in Hurricane Mills, of all places — before the first Davidson County property shows up in this installment of our monthly rundown of high-dollar home sales.

Dominated again by Brentwood, as it has been frequently since the spring, the list features as many entries from the aforementioned Humphreys County jerkwater and the similarly sized hamlet of Hampshire as it does from Belle Meade.

Beyond the wooded retreats from the far-flung burgs, this month’s Headline Homes includes a spot that was in the supporting cast of a cooking show, an unusual auction and some relocating executives.

1. 700 Brass Lantern Place, Brentwood

Buyers: Ronald K. and Sharon C. Jones

Sale price: $2.825 million

Seller: Kevin Griggs

Seller’s agent: Janis J. Martin, Keller Williams Buyers’ agent: Brandon Jones, Exit Realty Music City

Nashville attorney Ron Jones and his wife Sharon are the new owners of this month’s top home: a 9,561-square-foot, five-bedroom house on two acres in Brentwood’s tony Brass Lantern Farm development. The house includes balconies and porches galore and a saltwater pool.

It also seems to revel in redundancy: two staircases, two laundry rooms, two outdoor fireplaces, two tankless water heaters and, for some reason, four dishwashers. It does not, however, have a well. There is a wellhead drilled, which makes some sense, as the seller is Petroleum Exporters Inc. owner Kevin Griggs.

2. 920 Tumbling Creek Road, Hurricane Mills

Buyer: Patricia Ligon

Sale price: $2.7 million

Seller: Tumbling Duck Farm Partners LLC

Seller’s agents: Don McEwen and John McEwen, McEwen Group 

Buyer’s agent: Walker Hoye, McEwen Group 

Tumbling Duck Farm — named for Tumbling Creek and the Duck River, not for the unacrobatic action of anatines after finding themselves on the wrong side of a shotgun shell — gives Hurricane Mills, best known as the home of Loretta Lynn, a rare Headline Homes entry. The custom home is a charming 4,400-square-footer overlooking a spring and a valley, but the appeal here is the land. There’s 600 acres of it, crisscrossed by the aforementioned waterways and their tributaries, all teeming with bass and trout.

 3. 611 Fair St., Franklin

Buyer: Sarah Lisa Palmer

Sale price: $2.6 million

Seller: Garden Gate Development LLC

Seller’s agents: Danny R. Anderson and Lisa Culp Taylor, Parks

Buyer’s agent: Reid Anderson, Parks

Anyone who has watched Food Network’s Martina’s Table — featuring country star and Tennessee Titans lucky charm Martina McBride — should recognize this home (and also harangue the cable station into giving the program a second season). The “farmhouse” that serves as the setting for McBride’s culinary adventures is actually in the thick of downtown Franklin.

Built in 2017, the 7,500-square-foot home includes a small apartment, plus “antique doors” and “classic finishes.” Presumably, it also has a nice kitchen.

4. 28 Governors Way, Brentwood

Buyer: Distinctive Design Homes

Sale price: $2,524,500 

Seller: The Estate of Jerry Matthews

Seller’s agent: Laura Baugh

Buyer’s agent: Paula Duvall, Benchmark

An unusual one here, as Jerry Matthews’ estate was ordered to sell this 25-room Governors Club home at auction after his death. At the May 25 auction, Distinctive Design Homes — which actually built this and many other homes in the subdivision — paid $3.4 million for it, though the sale is listed at the above price.

It doesn’t appear to have sold again, and in any case, DDH took out a construction loan against the property.

5. 9240 Lehigh Drive, Brentwood

Buyer: Dan Schneider

Sale price: $2,360,725

Seller: Legend Homes LLC

Seller’s agent: Mary A. Kocina, Fridrich & Clark

Buyer’s agent: Nik Shewmaker, Parks

Schneider is the first owner of this home, completed July 20 in Brentwood’s Witherspoon subdivision. Sitting on a three-quarter-acre corner lot, the 6,840-square-footer (with a 1,936-square-foot basement) features two covered porches, including one with an outdoor kitchen, and a four-car garage.

Deed geeks might notice that Schneider’s mortgage came from the Bank of England. No, it is not the United Kingdom’s central bank issuing home loans from its famous offices on Threadneedle Street. It’s the Bank of England founded in England, Ark.

6. 4217 Lindawood Drive, 37215

Buyers: Andrew R. and Brittany Boll

Sale price: $2.2 million

Seller: The Baird Graham Co. LLC

Seller’s agents: Lacey Newman and Jonathan Heard, Compass Real Estate

Buyers’ agent: Whit Clark, Fridrich & Clark

Andrew Boll, chief financial officer of Harrow Health — a company with numerous health care holdings that recently announced it is relocating from San Diego to Nashville — and his wife Brittany are the new owners of this new home built by Baird Graham. It’s also our first Davidson County entry this month. The five-bedroom, five-bath house checks in at 5,910 square feet.

7. 4031 Sneed Road, 37215

Buyers: Dorothea R. and Charles W. Fawcett III

Sale price: $2,182,500

Seller: Oxford Blues LLC

Seller’s agent: Allen Huggins, WH Properties

Buyers’ agent: Leigh Ann Cyphers, Weichert Realty — The Andrews Group

A tear-down on Sneed Road was replaced by this white brick home completed in late June.

The five-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath 5,900-square-footer includes a built-in sound system and a three-car garage.

New owner Chuck Fawcett founded Animax Designs in 1989 when he was 21. It’s now one of the world’s leading puppetry and animatronics companies.

8. (Tie) 107 Treemont Lane, Franklin

Buyers: Richard and Elizabeth Wiggington

Sale price: $2.15 million

Seller: McKeller Real Estate Investment Co. Ltd.

Seller’s agent: Corbi Parker, Corbi and Company

Buyers’ agents: Mara Thompson and Tim Bennett, Fridrich & Clark

On a three-acre lot stretching to the top of a ridge sits this “heirloom worthy” home near Cool Springs. The house includes “gorgeous formal areas” and a “chef’s kitchen,” plus a dog-washing station. There’s a saltwater pool out back that, like the formal areas, is “gorgeous.”

Headline Homes: July 2019

301 Belle Meade Blvd., Belle Meade

8. (Tie) 301 Belle Meade Blvd., Belle Meade

Buyers: Lynde E. and John H. Pontius Jr.

Sale price: $2.15 million

Sellers: Alvie C. and Kelly K. Richardson

Sellers’ agent: Anne McGugin, Fridrich & Clark

Buyers’ agent: Shelly Bearden, Worth Properties

It seems the past few months have seen a run of stately old homes on Belle Meade Boulevard. This month’s entry was built in 1939, but it recently received an update, particularly in the kitchen. There are five bedrooms and two laundries, and multiple terraces overlook the backyard pool.

Successful (and extremely wealthy and well-connected) businessman John H. Pontius Jr., formerly Memphis-based, is the buyer.

10. 658 Catheys Creek Road, Hampshire

Buyer: William B. Kent

Sale price: $2.143 million

Sellers: Johnnie M. and Bryan Godwin

Sellers’ agent: Lisa Peebles, Benchmark 

Buyer’s agent: Unknown

Rare indeed is the Headline Home address in Hampshire (like Hurricane Mills, it hardly happens). This one, though, gets a little rarer in that it is not even in Hampshire proper, which is in Maury County; 658 Catheys Creek is across the line in Lewis County.

The big attraction is that the 13-year-old home sits on 670 acres, a property that includes numerous riding trails, a stocked pond and a 20-foot waterfall.

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