A local husband-and-wife veterinarian team’s purchase of a house in Manakin-Sabot capped a busy year for the Richmond area’s million-dollar home buying market.
Of at least six area sales that topped the $1 million mark in December, the 7,800-square-foot home at 573 Flatduck Xing in Goochland County took the No. 1 spot at $1.55 million, just below its asking price of $1.59 million, according to data from the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service.
County property records list the buyers as Anthony and Heather O’Sullivan, the animal doctor duo behind Henrico County-based River City Veterinary Hospital. The couple was represented by Susan Robins of Long & Foster.
The house was co-listed by fellow Long & Foster agents Eleanor Towers and Susan Snyder, who represented the sellers, Douglas and Judith Jessup. Towers said the Jessups are staying in town.
Douglas Jessup is a surgeon at Advanced Orthopaedics, which now operates under the OrthoVirginia flag following the companies’ merger last summer. He’s at least the second physician associated with Advanced Orthopaedics to list a million-dollar home in recent months.
Towers said the Flatduck house attracted two prospective buyers following its listing Oct. 4. It went under contract within three weeks and closed Dec. 20.
Towers said the house is the highest-priced sale in over a year in The Meadows at Manakin subdivision, part of the expansive Meadows at Joe Brooke Farm neighborhood. Another house there, at 805 Merchant Lee Court, sold in 2015 for $1.65 million.
“So we felt like we priced it correctly,” Towers said, adding that she and Snyder met with the builder, Warren Montague of Goochland-based builder John W. Montague Jr. Inc., to learn more about its details before marketing the listing through an online video and paid website placements. They also had interior and drone photography taken.
“I think the real key to selling the property was understanding the craftsmanship and the design and construction of the home, because it is unique,” she said. “We wanted to make sure we understood the specifics and the craftsmanship and the material, not just a nice floorplan and location.
“Every square foot could be created differently based on materials. We were priced at probably one of the highest prices per square foot, but it was well worth it,” she said.
Built in 2007 on a 4-acre lot, the three-level home totals 21 rooms, with five bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and a great room that features a wall of windows, 23-foot cathedral ceiling, exposed wood trusses and a 21-foot hand-cut stone fireplace – one of four fireplaces throughout the house.
Other details include a three-car garage, a separate owner’s wing with private laundry and master bath, a walkout basement and enclosed courtyard. Towers said the property includes an unusual amount of archways and arched windows, as well as herringbone-pattern brickwork and other more-expensive finishes.
“Every detail in that house was done at what I consider a custom, high-end level,” she said.
Towers said the sale is her highest to date, though another listing with Snyder could soon exceed it: An 8,200-square-foot home at 1837 Monument Ave., which the team listed in September at $1.89 million. Towers said the million-dollar market in that area of Richmond has been slow in recent months but is picking up with the start of the new year.
“That entire area – the Fan area, Area 10 – has not sold a million-dollar home in the last six months,” she said. “Since June, nothing’s gone under contract until last week, and we’ve had seven showings in the last seven to 10 days. I think the election had a lot to do with it, and then getting through the holidays. The game just started Jan. 1 in that market.”
Rounding out the top five home sales for December were:
- 9009 River Trace Court, Henrico: $1.25 million
- 406 S. Mooreland Road, Henrico: $1.15 million
- 6347 Ridgeway Road, Richmond: $1.11 million
- 308 Saint Davids Lane, Richmond: $1.10 million