After a five-month absence, Monument Avenue has returned to the top of the monthly list of the highest-priced home sales in the Richmond area.
A 5,800-square-foot house at 2230 Monument Ave. was the area’s top seller in July with a sale price of $1.66 million. The six-bedroom, 3½-bathroom home was listed in March for $1.79 million.
The buyers were John Cheairs Porter Jr. and Sarah P. Porter, according to city property records. Chearis Porter is a managing director with Harris Williams & Co., a middle market M&A advisory firm. Sarah Porter is an exhibitions coordinator with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The sellers were Michael G. and Laura M. Bland. Michael Bland is president of B&B Printing.
Ceci Amrhein-Gallasch and Bill Gallasch of Joyner Fine Properties had the listing. Long & Foster agent Scott Ruth represented the buyers.
Amrhein-Gallasch said the Porters were among several prospective buyers who looked at the house since its listing in March. She said the couple and their two children are moving from nearby Park Avenue, from a home that Richmond Magazine featured in 2010.
“It’s really heartwarming to see the young families come to Monument, especially with children,” Amrhein-Gallasch said. “It’s a really great house for a family, and I think they’ll have a good time with it.”
When listing the house in March, Bill Gallasch predicted it would appeal to a family with children, noting its nearly quarter-acre lot with side yard, two-car garage and off-street parking – a rare combination in Richmond’s Fan District.
The home is notable as one of the Binswanger houses, referring to the prominent Richmond family known for its successful glass business. The home features numerous stained glass windows that showcase the Binswanger Glass Company’s capabilities.
A few doors down, the former home of Harry S. Binswanger at 2220 Monument Ave. was sold in 2014 for $1.4 million.
Built in 1915 and designed by local architect D. Wiley Anderson, the three-level brick house at 2230 Monument features nine-foot ceilings, and art nouveau and arts and crafts stained glass. The kitchen was designed by locally based Franko-LaFratta Construction, and a master suite spans the full front side of the home.
The Blands purchased the house in 2013 for $1.7 million. It was most recently assessed at $1.59 million, according to city records.
The house is next door to another Gallasch listing: 2226 Monument Ave., which hit the market last week for $1.35 million. The listings are the husband-and-wife team’s latest on Monument, which last topped the monthly list in February.
Rounding out the top five for July were, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service:
- 317 Wickham Glen Drive, Goochland: $1.63 million
- 104 E. Hillcrest Ave., Richmond: $1.42 million
- 2530 Founders Bridge Road, Midlothian: $1.25 million
- 401 N. Allen Ave., Richmond: $1.25 million