Cadillac-decorating cattle consultant’s home sale among priciest in April

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The longtime home of Keith Kissee at 2300 Monument Ave. sold for $1.48 million. (Jonathan Spiers)

A Monument Avenue property that’s turned heads for years at Christmastime for the decorated Cadillac parked alongside it was among the priciest homes sold in the Richmond area in April.

While the month’s top seller was a 7,100-square-foot house in Henrico County that closed April 28 for $1.82 million, the longtime home of Keith Kissee at 2300 Monument Ave., totaling 5,500 square feet, came in second with an April 21 close of $1.48 million, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service.

The Henrico home, located at 216 Middle Quarter Lane beside the Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course, was put under contract three days after its listing on March 15, ultimately selling just below its $1.85 million asking price.

Elizabeth McGill of Long & Foster represented the sellers, identified in county property records as trustees of Stephen and Sharon Loving. Stephen is a retired branch president with Automated Logic Corp. Online county records did not reflect the transaction as of Monday or identify the buyer, who was represented by Richard Bower of Joyner Fine Properties.

Kissee’s Monument home sold below its asking price of $1.59 million. City property records list the buyer as Derek M. Lewis, a managing director with local investment bank Harris Williams & Co.

The six-bedroom, 4½-bathroom house was listed last September by Joyner agent Ceci Amrhein-Gallasch. Lewis was represented by Kim Nix of One South Realty Group. The property was put into an LLC the day of the sale.

A 7,100-square-foot house in western Henrico County sold for $1.8 million in April. (Courtesy CVRMLS)

A 7,100-square-foot house in western Henrico County sold for $1.8 million in April. (Courtesy CVRMLS)

Kissee, a seedstock cattle consultant who also serves on the board of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, purchased the home in 1994 for $450,000. He said he decided to sell when friends offered to sell him the top-floor penthouse of The Prestwould condominiums at 612 W. Franklin St., overlooking Monroe Park.

“The opportunity came to buy this place at The Prestwould, which is just a great unit,” Kissee said. “My friends had bought it and made it available to me, and I jumped on it.”

Kissee declined to say how much he paid for the 2,100-square-foot penthouse, which was last purchased in 2015 for $679,000.

He said he is buying and restoring his family farm in Missouri, where he plans to take half of the American art collection that filled his Monument home. The rest will remain in Richmond, he said.

Kissee opened up his Monument home for several community events, such as the Fan Holiday House Tour and Historic Garden Week in Virginia. For 14 years, he has entertained Christmas lights-seekers with decorative displays on the Cadillac he parked beside the corner-lot home on Strawberry Street.

Built in 1909, the 14-room, three-level house includes a finished basement room that Amrhein-Gallasch said was used to host dances for servicemen during World War II. Other details include a Tiffany stained glass skylight, original chandeliers, six gas fireplaces, a radiator plate warmer and a turned staircase.

After 23 years at the house, Kissee said he was sad, but ready, to let it go.

“It’s been a great place. I opened it up for a lot of events. But it was time,” he said. “I was ready to change things up.”

As for the Cadillac, Kissee said “it’s gone.” Laughing, he added: “I’ll figure something out to give back to the community, but it can’t be in that form.”

Other homes rounding out the top-five sales list for April:

  • 135 Alice Run, Manakin-Sabot: $1.35 million
  • 4104 Cambridge Road, Windsor Farms, Richmond: $1.24 million
  • 12 Ellensview Circle, Unit 0 (condo), Lockgreen, Richmond: $1.19 million

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Tricia Bryant

Keith paid $679,000 for the Preswould condo– look it up in the city property search website