Last month's top Nashville-area home sales include a member of Sawyer Brown, a member of the E Street Band and ... Yoda?
Last month's top Nashville-area home sales include a member of Sawyer Brown, a member of the E Street Band and ... Yoda?

2614 Hemingway Drive

Quite an interesting bunch of buyers and sellers this month, including the founder of country group Sawyer Brown (selling on Sawyer Bend), a pair of hit-making songwriters, a respected producer and a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

And there are some notable homes as well, including one of Nashville's first modernist homes and land once owned by the infamous Tony Alamo.

Also, Yoda is possibly involved in one transaction.

As always, these are the top 10 single-family homes sold in Nashville and surrounding counties for May, ranked by price.

1. 2875 Sawyer Bend Road, Franklin, 37069

Buyer: Ashley Glenn Gorley

Sale price: $3.5 million

Sellers: Mark A. and Lisa Marie Knight Miller

Sellers' agent: Drew Luna, Williamson County Realtors

Buyer's agent: Greg Cooley, Chateau Properties

The lead singer of Sawyer Brown sells this home, oddly enough, on Sawyer Bend. Songwriter Ashley Glenn Gorley, who has penned 19 No. 1 singles for the likes of Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, picks up this 8,725-square-foot home on 10 acres in northern Williamson County.

The property includes two barns with 21 stalls, a riding ring, an in-ground pool, a full gym and a full recording studio. The home spent nearly a year on the market and was originally listed at nearly $8 million.

2.  1809 Pace Haven, Franklin, 37069

Buyers: David D. and Lucinda M. Baier

Sale price: $3.25 million

Sellers: Richard and Kimberly B. Shallcross

Sellers' agent: Bill E. Henson Jr., SilverPointe Properties

Buyers' agent: Louis Belote, Fridrich and Clark Realty

This Laurelbrooke entry checks in at 14,197 square feet, including a double-hearth great room, a theater, a billiards room, a bonus room, a bonus bonus room, a conservatory, an owner's suite and a wine cellar described as a "connoisseur's dream."

Lucinda Baier is the CFO of Brookdale Senior Living. Her husband David is an attorney. Richard Shallcross is a CFO himself, holding that position for the Western Group of HCA. The Shallcrosses bought the property for $399,900 in 2005 and built the home the next year.

3. (Tie) 5335 Stanford Drive, Nashville, 37215

Buyer: Deepwood Land Trust Agreement, Cromwell William Griffiths, trustee

Sale price: $3 million

Seller: Jason Wayne Owen 

Seller and buyer's agent: Mary Beth Thomas, Parks

Built in 1938 for Vanderbilt neurologist Cobb Pilcher — who founded VU's Division of Neurologic Surgery after graduating from med school at 22 and was the scion of one of Nashville's oldest families — in the then-new International style by famed architect Edwin Keeble, Deepwood was one of the first modernist homes in Nashville.

It is now owned by Cromwell William Griffiths, a British businessman.

3. (Tie) 1002 Tyne Blvd., Nashville, 37220

Buyer: Jason Wayne Owen

Sale price: $3 million

Sellers: Garry and Tammy Tallent

Sellers' agent: Mary Beth Thomas, Parks

Buyer's agent: Unknown

Owen breaks even and forces a tie at No. 3 with his sell-and-buy. Built in 2000, the home sits on land once owned by the (in)famous imprisoned religious leader Tony Alamo and his wife Susan (who, contrary to an urban legend, was not kept embalmed in the Alamo home; her body was kept instead at church property in Arkansas). The land was bought by Tony Brown in 1998, and the MCA Nashville Records president built the current house, which most recently was owned by E Street Band founding member Garry Tallent.

5. 105 High Meadow Drive, Franklin, 37069

Buyer: Dagobah Trust, Kate Rosenthal, trustee

Sale price: $2.999 million

Seller: Carl R. Hampf

Seller's agent: Steve Fridrich, Fridrich and Clark Realty

Buyer's agent: Courtney Cooper Jenrath, Fridrich and Clark Realty

Given the trust's Dagobah name, one wonders if Yoda himself is moving to rural Williamson County. If so, the Jedi Master gets a 5,766-square-foot home on nearly 39 acres, complete with paddocks, a lighted riding arena and a six-stall barn.

Seller Hampf is a Nashville neurosurgeon.

6. 704 Brass Lantern Place, Brentwood, 37027

Buyers: Mark and Deborah Degner

Sale price: $2.7 million

Sellers: Charles and Shanna DuBois 

Sellers' agent: Shane Holt, Botsko Properties

Buyers' agent: Elizabeth Crockett, Benchmark Realty

Built just nine years ago, the home underwent a recent major expansion and now contains six bedrooms, six bathrooms, two studies, a storm room and an elevator that must be impressive, because the listing mentioned it twice, putting it in all caps both times.

Buyer Mark Degner is the new chief investment officer for Southern Land Co. Seller Chris DuBois is a noted songwriter with 15 No. 1 hits.

7. 2614 Hemingway Drive, Nashville, 37215

Buyers: Richard and Kimberly B. Shallcross

Sale price: $2.375 million

Sellers: Robert and Janet Ezrin 

Sellers' agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich and Clark

Buyers' agent: Bill E. Henson Jr., SilverPointe Properties

The Shallcrosses make their second appearance on the list, this time as new owners of this five-year-old home with a shiplap cathedral ceiling.

Seller Robert Ezrin is a famed Canada-born producer, once described by Alice Cooper as "our George Martin." He also wrote and performed the piano solo on the KISS hit "Beth."

8. 4365 Chickering Lane, Nashville, 37215

Buyer: E and A Trust, Michael Sontag, trustee

Sale price: $2,220,719

Sellers: James and Rebekah Woodard 

Sellers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich and Clark

Buyer's agent: Jessica Averbuch, Zeitlin and Co.

If the folks behind E and A Trust (we'll call them "E and A" for convenience's sake) want to add a pool on the upper terrace level of this home, the plans to do so have already been drawn up.

With walnut floors and a theater already, that could be the perfect addition.

9. 2013 John J Court, Franklin, 37067

Buyers: Mark Alexander and Joann Palazzo

Sale price: $2 million

Seller: W Real Estate Trust, Sulliven Marsden, trustee

Seller's agent: Andrew Day, Benchmark Realty

Buyers' agent: Jani Bohanan, Crye Leike

This 9,120-square-foot home in Hooker Hills (on John J Court in Hooker Hills; get it?) sits on 3.6 acres with a lake and a pool. 

10. 117 Treemont Lane, Franklin, 37069

Buyers: Chris and Linda Taylor

Sale price: $1.94 million

Sellers: Leslie and John Calloway Couch Jr.

Sellers' agent: Tonna Heath, Tonna Heath and Co.

Buyers' agent: Erin Taylor, REMAX Elite

Quite a descriptor from the listing: "This house is farmhouse meets Northern California in style. ... If you understand quality and want a house that will take care of you instead of the other way around, this house will speak to you."


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