Manakin-Sabot estate leads May home sales

Greenlea Farm

The 40-acre Greenlea Farm in Manakin-Sabot sold for $1.75 million. (CVRMLS)

A Manakin-Sabot estate on and off the market for years was the area’s top residential transaction for May, in a month that saw Goochland County snag four of the five priciest sales.

The 40-acre Greenlea Farm at 1614 Carriage Drive sold May 14 for $1.75 million, below its latest asking price of $1.99 million.

The 7,600-square-foot Dutch Colonial house was listed in March 2017 by Debbie Gibbs and Bev Hudgins of The Steele Group | Sotheby’s International Realty. They represented the sellers, Curtis and Rochelle “Shelly” Wiltshire, an orthodontist and interior decorator, respectively.

The Wiltshires purchased Greenlea Farm in 2008 for $1.89 million. A county assessment most recently valued the property at $2.09 million.

Property records list the buyers as William and Sally Tunner. They were represented by Justin Wiley of Wiley Real Estate, who also represented them in the sale of their previous home in Albemarle County.

Wiley, whose brokerage has offices in Orange and Charlottesville, said the Tunners were looking for a home in Goochland County and were drawn to the house in part because they can keep their horses there. He said William Tunner was a physician in Richmond prior to his retirement.

“They liked the location, the quality of the construction of the main house and of the pool house, which was later added and has a very nice design,” Wiley said.

The home’s saltwater pool and poolhouse. (CVRMLS)

He added that the transaction was challenging because it needed to be coordinated with the sale of their farm in Albemarle.

“It was a little complicated because we had two sales at the same time,” Wiley said.

“Their farm had to close first, and it all worked out well timing-wise. We put their farm under contract and were able to put Carriage Drive under contract two weeks after that.”

The five-bedroom, 4½-bathroom house was built in 1991. A two-story pool house and heated saltwater pool were added in 2009.

Greenlea Farm previously had been listed in 2015 for $2.35 million. That listing, by Karen Stephens of Joyner Fine Properties, dropped to $1.99 million before it was delisted in May 2016.

Three other Goochland sales were among the top five for May. Rounding out the list were, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service:

  • 2125 Strawberry Run, Covington, Goochland – $1.45 million
  • 5813 Grayley Court, Henley, Henrico – $1.42 million
  • 220 Randolph Square Lane, Randolph Square, Goochland – $1.22 million
  • 1559 S. Ponds Trail, Covington, Goochland – $1.18 million

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