Two similar-sized homes on opposite ends of metro Richmond were listed for sale in recent weeks with nearly identical multimillion-dollar asking prices.
Along Patrick Henry Road east of Ashland, a Mediterranean-style house that’s turned its share of heads among drivers passing by was listed Monday at $2.2 million.
Dwarfing its neighbors at just under 12,500 square feet, the 10-year-old house at 9988 Wintercrest Drive fills part of a nearly 40-acre tract that fronts Patrick Henry Road west of Taylor Park.
Agents Jim Doyel and David Wright with Keller Williams’ Midlothian office have the listing. They’re representing the owner, Antonina and Sal Vitale.
Sal Vitale is a restaurateur and investor who co-owns Dolce Vita Italian Restaurant in Midlothian with son Michael Vitale, who last year opened Autentico’s Kitchen in Henrico, which has since closed. The family also owned Vinny’s Italian Grill in King William County before selling it last year.
Doyel said he met Sal years ago when his real estate office was near one of Sal’s restaurants. He said they reconnected this year when Doyel dined at Dolce Vita.
“This home’s a dream home of his,” Doyel said. “Almost everything in there was either imported from Italy or found in Chicago, New York – wherever he could find the stuff he wanted to have like he wanted to have it.”
The house was built in 2009 and took two years to construct, Doyel said. He said the Vitales are selling the house as they look to downsize in the Ashland area.
Totaling six bedrooms and 8½ bathrooms, the two-story, horseshoe-shaped house features Italian-inspired architectural details and interiors. The stucco-sided structure wraps around a central courtyard with adjoining pool, and a driveway encircles the house that also is bordered with an exterior wall with arches.
Imported marble tile flooring decorates the foyer and hallways, and a marble staircase leads to four upstairs bedrooms, each with an en suite and two with balconies overlooking the courtyard. Totaling 14 rooms overall, the house also includes a rec room, three fireplaces, attached three-car garage and an elevator.
The house makes up part of a 39-acre tract that’s included in the listing. The latest county assessment valued the property at $1.81 million.
Doyel said the mahogany doors and trim throughout the house are worth over $80,000, and he said the windows were imported from Italy.
“There’s nothing in that house that I would call ‘cheap,’” Doyel said. “Everything in there was first-class.”
Doyel said he and Wright are scheduling a brokers’ open house in the next week or so, and he said Wright is marketing the listing internationally with write-ups in real estate magazines. He said finding the right buyer could prove a challenge, as was pricing the property, he said, as there were few if any comparable properties in the area.
“It’s very unique. He’s very proud of that, but that’s a little bit of a challenge, because it’s so different from anything else,” Doyel said. “That’s just how we have to market it.”
A big one in Chesdin Landing
In southern Chesterfield County, a nearly 12,500-square-foot house in Chesdin Landing hit the market last month at $2.19 million. The five-bedroom house with seven bathrooms and two half-baths fronts Chesdin Lake at 15630 Chesdin Landing Terrace.
The house was listed by Debbie Crevier-Kent with Northern Virginia-based Cottage Street Realty. She listed the home for the sellers, listed in county property records as Kevin and Sheila Clasbey.
Kevin is president of Platinum Premier Properties, a home construction and renovation company. Sheila Clasbey is a physician at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and James River Internists.
Records show the couple purchased the 3-acre property in 1997 for about $260,000. The house was built in 1999.
The latest county assessment valued the property at $1.92 million.
Totaling 15 rooms, the three-level brick house includes dual ground-floor offices, a master suite with dual baths, two dishwashers and five fireplaces. The lower level includes a bar, theater and game room. The property also has two three-car garages, a pool, and a pool house with kitchen and bathroom.
The two homes join other listings that have recently hit the market around the $2 million mark.
A 6,000-square-foot home at 5900 Three Chopt Road near the Country Club of Virginia went under contract in October after being listed at $2.1 million. A nearly 7,800-square-foot Colonial Revival at 1825 Monument Ave. listed the same month at $2.15 million has since been taken off the market.
Last month, a $2.1 million sale on Riverside Drive topped area residential real estate transactions for November.