Call it the Massey mansion, “the next generation.”
The family behind the highest-priced residential listing in Richmond can now lay claim to another noteworthy property: a Manakin-Sabot estate that was the most expensive area home sale for the month of March.
Totaling 6,600 square feet on nearly 35 acres in the Sabot Hill community, the house at 835 Millers Lane, called “Eastwood,” sold March 14 for $2.25 million to William Blair Massey Jr. and Durinda Bennett Massey, according to Goochland County property records.
Massey Jr. is the son of the late William Blair Massey, a longtime Richmond coal executive who built River Run Manor, a 16,000-square-foot mansion and 60-acre estate a few miles upriver. Despite reductions from its original price of $7.9 million, its current price tag of $5.9 million remains the highest in the region.
The four-bedroom, five-bathroom Eastwood sold below its list price of $2.5 million. It was listed last October by Nancy Frazier of Long & Foster on behalf of the sellers, identified in county records as Waldo M. and Marcia B. Abbott.
The Masseys were represented in the deal by Joyner Fine Properties agent Richard Bower, who is also the listing agent for River Run Manor.
Frazier said the Abbotts listed the house because they are moving out of town.
“It sold at a price that the seller was comfortable taking,” she said. “It wasn’t full price, but it was a good price.”
Frazier said the Abbotts rebuilt the 1976 house after they purchased it in 2004. They enlisted local builder Jim Dunkum, who used materials reclaimed from historic buildings in Virginia and incorporated them in features such as the home’s exterior and interior stone walls. The home’s 12 rooms were designed by Chicago-based Sarah Whit Interior Design.
The two-level country-manor-style house includes an updated kitchen, first-floor master suite with dual walk-in closets and private baths, a Florida room and office-study rooms on both floors.
Eastwood is near a comparable listing that remains on the market: a 45-acre equestrian estate called Braedon that was listed a year ago for $4 million and has since been divided and relisted at $2.39 million. Listing agent Mark Mascotte with Charlottesville-based McLean Faulconer previously told Richmond BizSense he determined the relisted price for Braedon based on the sale of Eastwood.
Rounding out the top five home sales for March, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service, were:
• 108 Cyril Lane, Mooreland West, Henrico: $1.22 million
• 3 W. Lower Tuckahoe Road, Richmond: $1.14 million
• 859 Elmslie Lane, Kinloch, Goochland: $1.01 million
• 12209 Keats Grove Court, Henley, Glen Allen: $1.05 million