Owens & Minor exec buys $3.6M mansion

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

Clear View, a 5.5-acre River Road estate, was recently sold to a local executive. Photo by Jim Adcock.

A top executive at a Fortune 500 is moving into a River Road mansion after buying it from a local nonprofit.

Richard and Tracy Meier bought Clear View, the 13,000-square-foot home at 5901 River Road, from the Virginia Historical Society for $3.62 million on Sept. 12, according to Henrico County records. Richard Meier is the CFO at medical supply distribution company Owens & Minor.

The 5.5-acre estate was donated to the VHS by local philanthropists Lora and Claiborne Robins upon Lora’s death in 2010.

The VHS listed the property for sale at $4.25 million in April, and the home was under contract barely a month later.

Glenvill represented the buyers in the purchase. They would not identify clients, though their names were listed in county real estate records. They said they worked with them for more than a year. When Clear View became available, they said they moved quickly.

“They were looking for something that’s special, and this is certainly very special,” Bower said.

Bower declined to name his clients, whose identities were found in county documents.

Bower said the location and size of the property appealed to the buyers. A lot of that size is hard to come by in the Westhampton area, he said.

“It’s stunning and park-like,” Bower said.

No one was available this week for comment at the VHS, which was represented by The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

VHS has owned Clear View since 2011. The organization initially hosted receptions there while mulling over possibilities for future uses. The Robins family’s donation gave the VHS permission to sell the property to raise money for the organization, VHS previously said.

Lora and Claiborne Robins, who made their fortune in pharmaceuticals, built Clear View in 1981. The 13,000-square-foot, colonial-style mansion’s amenities include 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.

Richard “Randy” Meier joined Mechanicsville-based Owens & Minor in March 2013, according to a company press release from last year.

Meier was the 34th-highest paid local public company executive, according to a recent BizSense ranking, with $2.13 million in total compensation for 2013.

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Beautiful home! Maybe this is the cynic in me, but will they get a tax write off for this purchase since it was sold by a non-profit? Accountants, what say you?