The nearly $3 million purchase of a 12,000-square-foot mansion overlooking the James River eclipsed all other Richmond-area home sales in July, coming in more than $1.5 million above the next-highest sale in a month that was full of million-dollar deals.
The 2-acre estate at 1224 Rothesay Circle sold July 25 for $2.9 million, below its original list price of $3.75 million. The asking price was reduced to $3.49 million in February.
City property records list the buyers as Amy and Steven Williams. Amy is a partner at downtown law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth, while Steven, also an attorney, is recently retired.
They were represented by Karen Stephens with Joyner Fine Properties. Joyner’s Lynn Pritchard and Richard Bower had the listing, which hit the market last October.
Stephens said the couple had been interested in the house since attending an event there several years ago.
“That was one house that he said, ‘This would make me move,’ and she remembered that,” Stephens said. “They circled back to it when they saw it was for sale, they came to see it, and they just loved the view.”
Totaling 20 rooms with six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and two half-baths, the house was previously owned by the late Michael Bogese Jr., a noted local homebuilder and real estate agent who died in April 2018.
Bogese purchased the house in 2001 with his wife Susie for $1.7 million, property records show. The latest city assessment valued the hillside property at $2.6 million.
The Williamses put the house under contract in June.
The house was built in 1941, and has been renovated and expanded since 2001.
“They are the right buyers for this property,” Pritchard said. “They are coming out of an older house that they renovated, and they understand older properties and locations.”
Designed by architect Louis Ballou of Ballou and Justice, the 2½-level house was constructed by Claiborne and Taylor Builders. Terry Cox of Manchester-based Cox & Associates Architects designed the renovation.
Totaling more than 11,700 square feet, the house includes six fireplaces, a library, sunroom, master suite with gun closet, and a downstairs rec room with a wet bar, wine cellar, exercise room and sauna, plus an eight-seat home theater.
The property also includes a heated pool, pool house with kitchen, and dressing and bathing rooms, heated garages for as many as six cars, a generator, and gardens designed by noted landscape architect Charles Gillette.
The house is next door to the neighborhood’s namesake, the 10,000-square-foot “Rothesay” mansion, which sold last year for $3.7 million. It’s also near the 6,000-square-foot house at 1215 Rothesay Circle that sold last year for $1.62 million.
Rounding out the top five home sales for July, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service, were four seven-figure deals that all hovered around the $1.3 million mark:
+ 15636 Chesdin Landing Terrace, Chesdin Landing, Chesterfield – $1.35 million. Listing agent: John O’Reilly, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Base Camp; buyer’s agent: Rick Delgado, Clocktower Realty Group.
+ 3312 Sailview Drive, Waterviews at The Reservoir, Chesterfield – $1.35 million. Listing agent: Amanda Hardesty, Hardesty Homes; buyer’s agent: Annemarie Miranda, Virginia Resource Realty.
+ 9013 Brieryle Road, Mooreland West, Henrico – $1.31 million. Listing agent: Katherine Hill, Shaheen Ruth Martin & Fonville Real Estate; buyer’s agent: Parnita Singh, Virginia Capital Realty.
+ 204 S. Mooreland Road, Mooreland West, Henrico – $1.27 million. Listing agent: Mary McDonald, Virginia Properties | Long & Foster; buyer’s agent: Deborah Miller, Virginia Properties | Long & Foster.