Estate owner aims to spur sale with auction

Courtesy of Tranzon.

A 41-acre Mechanicsville home will be auctioned in mid-August. Photos courtesy of Tranzon.

A former local car dealer is auctioning off his equestrian estate and a separate riverfront home.

Sonny Haynes, who used to own Haynes Chrysler Jeep and Haynes Outdoors, is hoping an auction will help him sell his 41-acre home at 8059 Clay Farm Way in Mechanicsville and his house on the Piankatank River in Middlesex County.

He said he’s tried to sell the house on and off for the last couple of years in order to downsize. Now the lender on the property has called in the note – meaning it demanded the balance of the loan in full – so Haynes decided to auction the estate and the riverfront home to pay back the debt.

“Whatever it brings, it brings,” Haynes said. “It’s going to make somebody a lovely place.”

The loan on the property was originally with the former People’s Bank of Virginia, Haynes said. The bank was bought by First Community Bank in 2012.

Haynes has enlisted auction firm Tranzon to handle the sale. The company is accepting sealed bids for the auction of equestrian estate. It will sell the riverfront house at an on-site auction Aug. 13.


The equestrian estate’s home is about 8,000 square feet.

Haynes said he invested $4.8 million to turn the Mechanicsville property into an equestrian retreat.

Built in 2007, the six-bedroom, 5.5-bath Hanover County home has 8,000 square feet of living space, a 2,500-square-foot attached garage and another similarly sized detached garage. There’s a lighted horse training ring and pastures surrounded by about two miles of fencing, the auction listing states. The gated property has a half-mile concrete driveway.

Haynes said he and his family have enjoyed sitting on the home’s massive covered porches and watching wildlife like deer and turkey cross their property.

“It was a place for (my wife) to keep her horses. It’s somewhere nice and quiet and safe,” Haynes said.

He said he thinks the property would be a great retreat for someone who wants to get away, like a Washington Redskins player in town for training camp.

A second home along the James River will be auctioned

Haynes’ second home in Hartford will put up for public auction.

Linda Terry, who is handling the auction for Tranzon, suggested that it would be a good location for a winery and wedding venue.

“It’s very unusual to have this much acreage this close to town,” she said.

The property sits about 14 miles from downtown Richmond.

Sealed bids for the Mechanicsville estate are due by 1 p.m. Aug. 13 at the law offices of Chaplin and Qureshi in Glen Allen. Appointments to inspect the property will be made with qualified bidders only. The property’s 2013 tax assessment was $1.08 million.

The riverfront house, at 994 Horse Point Road in Hartfield, will be sold at an on-site auction at 5 p.m. Aug. 13, Tranzon said. The 4,000-square-foot home, about 90 minutes from Richmond, was most recently assessed at about $800,000.

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Linda Terry

Sonny Haynes is a serious, motivated seller and we are anxious for the right buyers to surface!

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Rob Valentine

Sonny is a great guy to deal with, very professional and fun to talk to. I hope that good buyers for both of his properties come along and will take care of and care about them as he did.