In the midst of last month’s historic GameStop stock surge, I will admit I was hopeful things would work out well for the Redditors if only for one very selfish reason: I figured that a bunch of normal folks becoming millionaires and billionaires overnight could make Headline Homes very interesting. I pictured newly rich twenty-somethings flocking to Nashville to buy up all the classic homes only to raze them and build glass mansions covered in waterslides and filled with ball pits. I hoped someone would use their surprise millions to erect a personal rollercoaster that zoomed through a yard lush with Edward Scissorhands-like landscaping. Oh, the possibilities!
Alas, GameStop stock dropped and then dropped some more, a lot of people learned a very valuable lesson about money and this month’s installment of Headline Homes is fairly tame, comparatively. But there are a few notable purchases, including one that involves half of country megastars Brooks & Dunn.
Below are January’s top 10 home sales in Nashville and the surrounding counties, ranked by sale price.
1. 2281 Old Hickory Blvd.
Buyer: TSTM LLC
Sale price: $6,399,000
Seller: Ronnie and Janine Dunn
Sellers’ and Buyers’ agent: Steve Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
The co-seller of this 10,898-square-foot gated home is none other than Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn fame. Ronnie and his wife Janine purchased the property way back in 1996 for a mere $900,000.
The six-acre lot is equipped with a one-bedroom guest house, which the listing refers to as a “party barn,” as well as a pool, spa, greenhouse, horse barn (which I assume differs from the party barn) and riding ring.
Dunn was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2019.
2. 660 Belle Park Circle
Buyer: Jack O. Bovender Jr. and Barbara Bovender
Sale price: $5,350,000
Seller: Mike and Jane McClain
Sellers’ agent: Steve Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark
Buyers’ agent: Shannon Barton, Pilkerton Realtors
Retired HCA Healthcare CEO Jack Bovender and his wife Barbara have purchased this Belle Meade stunner. The home, located in the swanky Jardin De Belle development, underwent a four-year renovation and now boasts five bedrooms, seven full baths, four fireplaces, a wet bar, an elevator and smart everything (lights, thermostat, irrigation, security, etc.).
Like Ronnie Dunn, Bovender is also a hall of famer: He was inducted into the Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame in 2016.
3. 1043 Tyne Blvd.
Buyer: Eugene Andrew McDermott III and Mitsuyo McDermott
Sale price: $5,050,000
Seller: Kevin and Susan Foley
Sellers’ agent: Erin Krueger, Compass Tennessee
Buyers’ agent: Nancy Tice, Fridrich & Clark
Here’s a fun fact that usually isn’t included in real estate listings: The front door of this Oak hill home is made with reclaimed wood from an old Downtown Nashville building and it weighs 350 pounds. The house also features an apartment wing, a game room with a large wet bar and a “secret doorway” that leads to a theater room.
Outside, next to the in-ground heated saltwater pool, is a pavilion that houses a kitchen — with a fridge and warming drawer — and the attached pergola covers a stone fireplace and both gas and charcoal grills.
4. 1788 Woodsong Drive Lot 42, Brentwood
Buyers: Jerry Wayne Hall and Teresa Kym Teraoka-Hall
Sale price: $4,053,831
Seller: Voce Development Co.
Seller’s and Buyer’s agent: Roshare Norman, Armistead Arnold Pollard Real Estate
This home in Brentwood’s Você development isn’t even completed yet and it already sold for just over $4 million. Construction should be completed this summer, just in time to enjoy the in-ground pool it will have.
5. 3640 Bear Creek Lane, Thompson’s Station
Buyer: Eberle James M & Eberle Caroline V H Trustees James & Caroline Eberle Liv Trust
Sale price: $3,800,000
Seller: James K. Geraughty
Seller’s agent: Matt Ligon, Pilkerton Realtors
Buyers’ agent: Virginia Degerberg, Village
This five-bedroom estate, originally built in 1835, was renovated in 2003 so it features a mix of both old (several wood-burning fireplaces, beamed wooden ceilings and interior columns) and new (modern appliances and a pool with hot tub). The surrounding 55 acres, which are part of this $3.8 million sale, include a stocked pond, a barn and a four-car garage that doubles as a covered basketball court.
Seller James Geraughty is a veteran local health care executive who has HealthSpring and Unity Physician Partners on his resume and has since 2018 been chief transformation officer of Mental Health Cooperative.
6. 6677 Leipers Creek Road, Columbia
Buyer: John Isham
Sale price: $3,400,000
Seller: David and Janice Woody
Sellers’ agent: Dan McEwen, McEwen Group
Buyer’s agent: Not available
Technically in Columbia but just south of where Interstate 840 crosses over Natchez Trace Parkway sits this “equine ready” property that holds three houses — “a stunning timber-framed home of exceptional craftsmanship, [a] renovated 1900s farmhouse and a sturdy ranch home” — and a pond stocked with both largemouth and smallmouth bass.
7. 1468 Witherspoon Drive, Brentwood
Buyers: Clark and Dayna Landry
Sale price: $3,387,500
Sellers: Zachary and Chelsea Cozart
Sellers’ agent: Charyl Dew, Crye-Leike
Buyers’ agent: Jared Johnson and Trent Shirk, Impact Properties
Though it was only just completed in 2018, this is the second time this 8,910-square-foot, six-bedroom Witherspoon estate has been featured in Headline Homes. It originally appeared in the September 2018 edition after being purchased by MLB All-Star Zack Cozart and his wife Chelsea for $3.1 million.
There are dramatic curved staircases in the entryway, built-in bunk beds in the bonus room and a four-car garage where one bay is outfitted with cooling and heating.
Buyers Clark and Dayna Landry are both internet entrepreneurs and co-founders of Clover Leaf Ventures.
8. 1453 Witherspoon Drive, Brentwood
Buyer: Mark and Erin Gargano
Sale price: $2,975,000
Seller: Leo Family Trust
Seller’s agent: Sean Simons and Nikki Marie England, Fridrich & Clark
Buyers’ agent: Damon Smith, Compass
Just a quarter-mile away from this month’s No. 7 sits this 8,064-square-footer, which was featured in Stonegate Homes’ 2017 Parade of Homes. Reclaimed barn wood is featured throughout, on the floor, the ceiling and even the walls. There’s more reclaimed barn wood in this house than in an actual barn. There is also a covered porch.
9. 2 Saint James Place
Buyer: Andrew W. Byrd, Jr. and Ashley Williams
Sale price: $2,825,000
Seller: T. Clark Akers and Kelly Akers Linton and William Matthew Akers and Andree Lejeune Akers LeQuire
Sellers’ agent: Steve Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers’ agent: Cissy Caldwell Akers, Fridrich & Clark Realty
This 1977 “French chateau” (can we call it that if it’s in Nashville?) was on the market for nearly a year before being bought by Andrew W. Byrd Jr., a managing director at TVV Capital, and his wife Ashley Williams.
On the bottom corner of the brick exterior, there is a stone that reads “L’amour est la pierre angulaire de cette maison,” which Google tells me means, “Love is the cornerstone of this house.” Cute!
10. 9245 Lehigh Dr (Lot #68) Lot 68, Brentwood
Buyer: Jerry and Terrie Rollins
Sale price: $2,799,900
Seller: Schumacher Homes LLC
Seller’s agent: Mary A. Kocina, Fridrich & Clark
Buyers’ agent: Ali Vandiver, Reliant Realty
Author, speaker and former WHL hockey player Jerry Rollins, son of the NHL’s 1951 Vezina Trophy winner Al Rollins, has purchased this brand new addition to Brentwood’s Witherspoon subdivision. With hockey in his blood, do you think the struggling Nashville Predators will reach out for some advice? It couldn’t hurt.