Temperatures weren’t the only things coming in hot last month — August’s residential real estate sales were also on fire. The top three sales of the month all went for more than $10 million each. And if my calculations are correct, that is a Headline Homes first.

And that’s not the only Headline Homes history being made, as this month’s list also features … a zebra with more TikTok followers than Jason Aldean? Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Below are August’s top 10 home sales in Nashville and the surrounding counties, ranked by sale price.

1. 8131 Mountaintop Drive, College Grove

Buyers: Steve Hardwick and Matthew Christopher Clarke, trustees

Sale price: $10,810,000

Seller: David Brandon, trustee

Seller’s agents: Tammy Graffam and Jennifer Klein, Benchmark Realty

Buyers’ agents: Judy Williams and Richard Williams, PARKS

This month’s top seller is a golf-lovers dream. The $10.8 million estate clocks in at nearly 13,000-square-feet and overlooks the 15th hole of The Grove’s Greg Norman Signature Golf Course. The home is outfitted with all kinds of golf-related features. The garage has space for a golf cart, of course, as well as custom cabinetry that accommodates several golf bags, golf shoes and golf accessories. In “Dave’s Cave,” as the neon sign on the wall reads, there is a golf simulator as well as indoor and outdoor putting greens, a bar for entertaining and multiple flat-screen TVs to watch the game or tournament or match or whatever it is they call a golf competition. Fore!

The seller appears to be David Brandon, the former CEO of Toys “R” Us and the current board chairman of Domino’s.

2. 631 Williamson County Line Road, Fairview

Buyer: John Bunge, trustee

Sale price: $10,500,000

Seller: James P. Turner III, trustee

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

Buyer’s agent: Megan Jones Campbell, PARKS

A whopping 250 acres surround this 9,419-square-foot Fairview farmhouse. On it sit two lakes with fountains, a pool with Indiana limestone decking, a party barn outfitted with a game room, bar and catering kitchen, a guest house and a carriage house. The main home features six bedrooms, six-and-a-half baths, an elevator, a home theater and a wine cellar that doubles as a storm shelter.

Sellers James Turner and his wife Toni purchased the property in 2012 for $2,259,000. The estate, named True North, has hosted private events, including the wedding of The Voice star Adam Wakefield and singer-actress Jenny Leigh earlier this year.

3. 513 King Richards Ct.

Buyer: Jeffery D. Ansell and Jacqueline M. Ansell

Sale price: $10,200,000

Seller: David L. Ramsey III

Seller’s agent: Kelly Gammer, Capital Realty Group

Buyers’ agent: Jack S. Miller, PARKS

The seller of this 13,545-square-foot Franklin estate is none other than brash COVID-19 vaccine skeptic talk radio host Dave Ramsey. The home boasts six bedrooms, nine baths, three garages (which can collectively house eight vehicles), 6,000-square-feet of covered porches, an elevator and, according to Realtor.com a shower with 18 showerheads. What is Ramsey doing that he needs 18 shower heads with which to cleanse himself?

The home was originally listed $15,450,000 in February — a price that included all the furnishings as well as buffer lots — but it was purchased unfurnished for $10,200,000. The buyers are Jeffery and Jacqueline Ansell, with the former the executive vice president of tool manufacturing company Stanley Black & Decker.

4. 467 Canterbury Rise, Franklin

Buyer: Michael D. Sontag, trustee, New Life Trust

Sale price: $5,620,000

Seller: Trevor and Holly Pagliara

Seller’s agent: Lisa Culp Taylor, PARKS

Buyer’s agent: Joni Miller, PARKS

To supplement the contemporary turret on the front of the house, the interior of this Franklin castle also features vaulted ceilings finished with dark wood beams, a dark wood spiral staircase and modern iron chandeliers — real Rapunzel vibes. The backside of the home is another, story as it looks like an influencer’s paradise with a pool overlooking sunset views, a stone fire pit and multiple levels of covered porches including one with vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, built-in grill and flatscreen TV.

Like the Ramsey home, this estate was originally listed for $5,900,000 as fully furnished. But it ultimately sold unfurnished, supporting my long-held belief that rich people own furniture.

5. 390 Lady of the Lake Lane, Franklin

Buyer: Michael and Kalen Webb

Sale price: $4,699,000

Seller: Michael and Carroll Sanford

Seller’s agent: Michael Sanford, Benchmark Realty

Buyers’ agent: Ethan Sall, Redfin

Another home with its own private putting green! Millionaires love golf. The six-bedroom home also features an infinity pool, sauna, three-stop elevator, a covered porch with an outdoor kitchen boasting both a built-in grill and Big Green Egg, a bonus room with a wet bar, a theater room, a gym and a wine cellar.

The seller of the home was real estate agent Michael Sanford, who also handled the transaction.

6. 1709 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin

Buyer: OHM Farms LLC

Sale price: $4,400,000

Seller: TE Corporation

Seller’s agent: Fiona Parish King, Worth Properties

Buyer’s agent: Ami Kase, Zeitlin Sothebys International Realty

Old Hillsboro Manor — “One of Franklin’s premier horse training facilities,” reads the listing — is nearly 45 acres of everything a horse could want. There are two brick barns, each outfitted with 26 stalls and paddocks, a covered arena, a dressage ring, a jumping ring and a round pen. There are also two homes on the lot. Yes, they’re nice — but nothing to write home about.

7. 9447 Clovercroft Road, Franklin

Buyer: Brent Laffey

Sale price: $4,196,040

Seller: James and Crystalina Hyatt

Seller’s agent: LeAnn Wood, Keller Williams Realty

Buyer’s agent: Eddie Ferrell, Crye-Leike

Here’s another sale for the horses! This Franklin home sits on a fully stocked four-acre lake and comes with a nine-stall barn on more than 13 acres of property. There’s a pool with a spa, a fire pit, a dock, and, in the listing photos, a … zebra? Yes, that is a zebra! The zebra’s name is Zoey and she belongs to Crystal Hyatt. You can see the two have adventures on TikTok at @crazyzebraandanimallady.

The home was clearly outfitted for a pet lover, as it also features a “pet spa” — we’re talking a dog bathing area with statement tile and a handheld showerhead — as well as built-in kennels.

Buyer Brent Laffey is the president of Armada Nutrition and a bodybuilder. He also appears to own zero zebras.

8. 8119 Mountaintop Drive, College Grove

Buyer: Rare Air LLC

Sale price: $3,750,000

Seller: Mark and Dominique Rolfes

Seller’s agent: Tina Pierret, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyer’s agent: Kelly Gammer, Capital Realty Group

As with the first home on this month’s list, this 6,798-square-foot manor is part of The Grove, a gated community located in College Grove. Selling for about $7 million less that the aforementioned home, the property doesn’t come with golf course views. However, the six-bedroom, seven-bath home, built by Shane McFarland, does offer a laundry room with a built-in dog bath, a theater room with a Sony 4K projector and 110-inch screen, a “tavern” that can hold more than 100 bottles with lighted displays for the extra fancy bottles and … a “walk-in gun safe”? Yup, a SECURAM Systems vault door opens to a room with a custom gun rack and “features to delight gun enthusiasts.”

I am a snack enthusiast. I would use the room for snacks.

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8119 Mountaintop Drive

9. 4506 Beacon Drive

Buyer: James William Nantz III

Sale price: $3,700,000

Seller: Johan “Viktor” Arvidsson

Seller’s agents: Lisa Fernandez-Wilson and Laura Stroud, French King Fine Properties

Buyer’s agent: Beth Molteni, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Veteran national sportscaster Jim Nantz is the buyer of this five-bedroom 6,188-square-foot home near Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. The seller is former Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson. And because I am still very mad that Preds GM David Poile traded Arvi to the Los Angeles Kings earlier this summer, I am not going to acknowledge this sale any further.

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4506 Beacon Drive

10. 407 Wild Elm Street

Buyer: Randal and Amy Clark

Sale price: $3,500,000

Seller: Robert and Karen Elliott

Seller’s agent: Caleb Knox, Towne Creek Realty

Buyers’ agent: Tim Thompson, Tim Thompson Premier Realtors

Situated in Franklin’s Westhaven community, this six-bedroom home was built in 2007 but recently remodeled to feature all the usual modern amenities including multiple living spaces, a bedroom with built-in bunk beds, a laundry room with two washers and dryers, a pool with spa, a pool house complete with a full kitchen and bath, and a four-car garage including two bays that are oversized for boats or RVs.

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