Robins estate has clearer view of its future

Clear View, the 5 ½-acre River Road estate of Lora and Claiborne Robins. (Photo by Photographer Jim Adcock.)

Clear View, the 5 ½-acre River Road estate of Lora and Claiborne Robins. (Photo by Photographer Jim Adcock.)

Barely a month after it was put up for sale, a River Road estate built by one Richmond’s most prominent families has found a suitor.

Clear View, a 13,000-square-foot mansion bequeathed to the Virginia Historical Society by Lora and Claiborne Robins, is under contract to be purchased, VHS said Tuesday.

No additional details about the pending sale were released.

On April 1, VHS announced that the property at 5901 River Road was for sale for $4.25 million, although the home wasn’t officially listed until later that month.

Clear View was the home of the Robinses, a philanthropic Richmond couple who made their fortune in pharmaceuticals and who were great benefactors to VHS. They left the 5 ½-acre estate to VHS upon Lora’s death in 2010.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit VHS.

The VHS has owned Clear View since 2011. The organization initially hosted receptions there while mulling over possibilities for future uses. The Robinses’ bequest included permission to sell the property, VHS previously said.

The couple built Clear View in 1981. The 13,028-square-foot, colonial-style mansion has a litany of amenities, including six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, four fireplaces, a three-car garage, unique woodworking, a pool and its own elevator. It overlooks the Country Club of Virginia.

The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty represents VHS in the listing.

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