While a frozen yogurt chain founder’s West End home scooped the highest-priced residential sale for January, it didn’t come with its own collection of golf balls.
The $2.3 million sale of Sweet Frog founder Derek Cha’s 7,600-square-foot home at 4913 Lockgreen Circle topped the list of the month’s priciest home sales, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service.
It was followed by 14 Broad Run Road, an 11,700-square-foot home at Hermitage Country Club that sold Jan. 25 for $1.6 million, below its asking price of $1.76 million. It includes a golf ball collection that conveyed with the house, as it did with its prior sale in 2007.
Laura Peery of The Steele Group | Sotheby’s International Realty had the listing and represented the sellers, listed in Goochland County property records as Dale and Joanne Ross.
Property records list the buyers as Bikram and Nupur Bal, who were represented by Jared Davis of Re/Max Action Real Estate. Bikram Bal is a gastroenterologist in Farmville.
Totaling seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths, the colonial-style house is perched on a lakeside knoll overlooking the 18th hole of the country club’s Sabot Course.
The golf ball collection, which totals 3,600 balls, was started by Troy and Lynn Peery, who sold the home in 2007. Troy Peery is president of Peery Enterprises and a director of Essex Bank parent Community Bankers Trust Corp.
Laura Peery (no relation) said the collection includes balls from nearly all of the top 100 courses worldwide, including U.S. Open balls dating to 1979. When the house sold in 2007, she said the collection was reputed to be the second-largest private golf ball collection in the U.S.
Marketing the listing as a golf enthusiast’s dream home, Peery took it on last summer as the third agent to list it since 2014, when it was priced at $1.99 million. Peery priced it at $1.79 million last June and reduced the price in October to $1.76 million. The latest county assessment valued the nearly 2-acre property at $1.91 million.
“I was the third agent in when I got the listing, and I needed to figure out how to re-market it and give it the attention it needed,” Peery said, adding that The Steele Group’s association with Sotheby’s helped in that effort. “For that size house, it takes the right buyer, and Jared was able to bring that buyer to the table.”
Built in 1988, the 2½-level home includes a first-floor master suite, wine cellar and heated indoor pool that opens out to a terrace. The house also includes a second-level deck, in-law suite off the kitchen and a finished basement.
Davis said the golf ball collection did not factor into his clients’ decision to buy the house, which he said they were drawn to for its entertaining options and access to Bal’s work.
But with the sale, the Bals are the new keepers of the balls.
“It didn’t help sell the house, but it is a pretty unique thing,” Davis said. “If anything, it’s a nice passing throw-in.”
Rounding out the top five home sales for January were:
- 309 Hillwood Road, Richmond – $1.13 million
- 21 Rio Vista Lane, Richmond – $1.1 million
- 1527 Sunset Lane, Richmond – $905,000