The lakeside residence of a local real estate agent and law firm partner is the area’s latest seven-figure listing.
Joyner Fine Properties’ Karen Berkness and Williams Mullen attorney Alexander “Sandy” Graham Jr. listed their home at 3801 W. Old Gun Road in Chesterfield for $2.25 million earlier this week.
The five-bedroom, 4½-bathroom house totals 7,100 square feet on 5.8 acres fronting Reed Pond. A county assessment most recently valued the property at $1.53 million.
Berkness, who purchased the house with Graham in 2005 for $1.87 million, said they are downsizing and looking to stay in the area.
“Our children are grown. We had the oldest daughter’s wedding there,” she said. “This is one of the most fun houses to live in as far as entertaining.”
Berkness said a distinguishing feature of the home is 13 sets of French doors that open to a bluestone terrace. But that’s not her favorite part of the house, which includes 400 feet of frontage on the lake.
“Probably my very favorite thing is the sunrise over Lake Reed,” she said. “It’s just beautiful.”
Built in 1987, the Mediterranean-style home includes a second-floor master suite and library. A lower level includes an exercise room, media room, workshop and storage areas.
Since purchasing the home, Berkness and Graham have renovated the kitchen and butler’s pantry, updated some bathrooms, added built-in cabinets and installed additional landscape lighting.
The property includes a pool, pool house with full bathroom, tennis court, three-car garage and a boat dock. Berkness said those features and the property’s acreage would appeal to buyers looking to entertain but who also want privacy.
“The way we looked at it was like a year-round vacation home,” she said. “Selling real estate, I’m usually showing houses all week, so it’s not easy for us to own a weekend house at the river.”
Berkness said she expects the home to sell through word-of-mouth and networking with other agents. She’s not planning to hold an open house for agents, but said she’s received interest and has two showings scheduled.
While she’s used to selling other people’s homes, Berkness acknowledged some challenges in listing her own.
“It’s hard to show your own house,” she said. “Our taste in furniture and things may not be the same as somebody else’s.”
Berkness isn’t the only local agent to list her own house in recent years.
Fellow Joyner agent Sue Farrell listed her western Henrico home in 2016 for $2.87 million. That listing has since been taken off market.
Meanwhile, two other notable listings in Chesterfield’s Old Gun Road area remain on the market. The 5,500-square-foot home at 4101 E. Old Gun Road, originally listed last fall at just under $2 million, has since dropped in price to $1.54 million. Nearby, an 11,700-square-foot mansion in the Reeds Landing gated subdivision is listed at $1.55 million.