Open House: The highest-priced home sales of 2017

For high-end residential real estate in metro Richmond, 2017 could be called the year of twos.

It was a year that landed two home sales above the $2 million mark two months in a row. In fact, nearly all of the year’s top 10 sales came in at or above $2 million.

It was also the year that, earlier in the summer, caused many people to do a double-take with the surprise demolition of the most expensive home sold in 2016, and the priciest home sold in the Richmond area in years. The removal of the 80-year-old mansion at 101 S. Ridge Road, purchased last year by Matthew Goodwin for $5.5 million, makes way for a new home to be built on the site.

For the purposes of our annual list of the highest-priced area home sales, the biggest thing to come in twos in 2017 was a pair of sales in Windsor Farms – two of the top three sales of the year, doors down from each other on Sulgrave Road.

Below are the top 10 home sales this year, according to BizSense reports and data from the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service:

10. 5301 Kenmore Road, Richmond – $1.9 million


Photos courtesy CVRMLS

The 6,000-square-foot home off Wilton Road south of Cary Street Road topped area home sales in May. It was purchased by Shane’s Rib Shack franchisee J. Rice Edmonds and Elizabeth Davenport Edmonds, who worked with Mary Davenport and Jill Plageman of Joyner Fine Properties and Betty Wright of Sycamore Realty.

9. 210 Virginia Ave., Richmond – $2 million

virginia ave

The 5,700-square-foot house in Richmond’s Westmoreland Place neighborhood kicked off the year as the highest-priced home sale in January. Lucy Williams of The Steele Group had the listing, while Joyner’s Davenport and Plageman represented the buyers: a retired ExxonMobil executive and a teacher at St. Catherine’s School.

8. 7701 Riverside Drive, Richmond – $2.05 million

gottwalds home

John and Margaret Gottwald’s secondary home was the top seller in August. The 5,400-square-foot house went to Matthew and Marshall Rigby, the latter the daughter of a former neighbor who grew up two doors down the street. Joyner’s Nancy Cheely had the listing.

7. 4716 Charmian Road, Richmond – $2.1 million

4716 Charmian Road

The 8,300-square-foot house in Richmond’s West End was the second-priciest home sale in July, behind 1670 Shallow Well Road – No. 5 on this list. Joyner’s Lynn Pritchard represented the sellers.

6. 6204 Three Chopt Road, Richmond – $2.2 million

6204 Three Chopt Road

The highest-priced home sale in September resulted from the second-priciest sale the previous month: No. 8 on this list. Matthew and Marshall Rigby purchased that house before selling this one with The Steele Group’s Katherine Hill, who represented the couple in their Riverside Drive purchase.

5. 1670 Shallow Well Road, Goochland – $2.201 million

shallow well

The 6,200-square-foot house on 113 acres in Manakin-Sabot was the priciest sale in July. Mahood Fonville with Shaheen Ruth Martin & Fonville Real Estate represented the buyer, an interior designer relocating from Charlottesville.

4. 310 Wickham Glen Drive, Goochland – $2.3 million

310 wickham glen

The 6,200-square-foot house was on track to be the second-priciest home sale in December, behind the next entry on this list. Joyner’s Sue Farrell had the listing.

3. 4501 Sulgrave Road, Richmond – $2.45 million


Likewise sold earlier this month, the 6,500-square-foot house adjacent to Agecroft Hall landed a buyer as soon as it hit the market. The Steele Group’s Taylor Steele listed the home for the sellers, Baylor and Marni Rice, the couple behind South River Compounding Pharmacy.

2. 1 S. Ridge Road, Henrico – $2.74 million

Windward front exterior

The nearly 10,000-square-foot “Windward” mansion – a block away from last year’s priciest home – was the top seller in August. Joyner’s Wes Atiyeh listed the home, a reconstruction of a Federal period dwelling relocated from Dinwiddie County, for seller Donna Sharp Suro, daughter of the late former Circuit City CEO and CarMax founder Richard Sharp.

1. 4603 Sulgrave Road, Richmond – $3.3 million


A few doors down from No. 3 on the list, the 14,400-square-foot Tudor Revival-style mansion sold to a mystery buyer as the top area home sale in February. The Steele Group’s Debbie Gibbs listed the home for sellers Peter and Judy Brown, who had downsized to a smaller house on the same street before Peter Brown, a retired surgeon, died in 2016.

Correction: This story has been updated to identify Joyner Fine Properties’ Wes Atiyeh as the listing agent on 1 S. Ridge Road. An earlier version incorrectly named the buyer’s agent as the listing agent. The house was initially listed in June 2016 but was taken off market that October before it was relisted and went under contract this June. The story previously stated the house had been on the market for a year.

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