Walnut Hill buyer lists Riverside Drive home

The contemporary home at 1701 Riverside Drive. (Courtesy CVRMLS)

The contemporary home at 1701 Riverside Drive. (Courtesy CVRMLS)

With his next home lined up in Hanover County, the buyer of the late Harwood and Louise Cochrane homestead has listed his Stratford Hills residence for $1.75 million.

Retired tobacco executive James H. Starkey III, who purchased the Cochranes’ Walnut Hill country manor house earlier this month for $1.49 million, is selling the contemporary home he had custom-built at 7401 Riverside Drive.

Starkey, a former vice president of Richmond-based tobacco giant Universal Corp., listed the home Nov. 17 with Long & Foster Real Estate agents Marianne and Jeff Donahue, who represented him in the Walnut Hill purchase and when he built the Riverside Drive home in the late 1990s.

The 4,000-square-foot home on a bluff overlooks the James River and features stucco and wood siding, mahogany trim and ironwork designed by local fabricator Charles Yeager. The three-bedroom, four-bathroom house was designed by Chris Fultz, the barbecue-slinging half of Fultz & Singh Architects.

The home features maple floors, built-in tables, and cabinetry designed by Rick Farinholt. (Courtesy CVRMLS)

The home features maple floors, built-in tables, and cabinetry designed by Rick Farinholt. (Courtesy CVRMLS)

The lower level includes 800 square feet that could be reconfigured to add a fourth bedroom. The house also features maple floors and built-in console tables and cabinetry and millwork designed by Rick Farinholt, a former partner of local builder team Franko-LaFratta Construction.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind home,” Jeff Donahue said.

The 2.5-acre property includes about a half-acre of riverfront land that is included with the listing.

Donahue said interest in the property has been high, with 40 agents attending a preview event Friday. He said two showings were scheduled Friday with another two set for today.

“Obviously in this price range, we’re finally seeing Richmond (and) people coming in from out of town really appreciating this style of contemporary architecture,” Donahue said.

The house isn’t the only million-dollar listing on Riverside Drive. Just upriver, the in-the-city residence of John and Margaret Gottwald at 7701 Riverside Drive is listed for $2.7 million, reduced in July from its original $3.1 million price tag in May.

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