Lawyer couple’s purchase of Clear View mansion tops December home sales

The Clear View mansion at 5901 River Road. (Photos courtesy CVRMLS)

Note: An additional sale that was not included in the original list has been added to the story. The list reported in this story now totals six sales.

The year in local million-dollar home sales finished strong in December, with several seven-figure deals topping a month that also had the priciest residential real estate purchase of 2019.

The Clear View mansion at 5901 River Road, across from the Country Club of Virginia, sold Dec. 20 for $3.47 million, making it the most-expensive home sale of the year.

The 13,600-square-foot home on 5-plus acres sold below its latest price tag of $3.75 million. The property was listed in March at $3.99 million before coming down in price in September.

A rear view of the house.

Consisting of five parcels, the property most recently was assessed at about $3.45 million combined, according to Henrico County records. The site is located just across city limits in the county’s western end.

Joyner Fine Properties’ Richard Bower had the listing and represented the sellers, Richard “Randy” Meier and Tracy Meier, who purchased Clear View in 2014 for $3.62 million. Randy Meier was an executive vice president and CFO at Owens & Minor at the time.

The buyers are Daryl and Kathleen “Kay” Scott, who were represented by Page Londrey with Let Properties. Daryl is a partner with Scott+Scott, an international law firm with an office in Richmond. Kay is a retired attorney and was a partner with downtown firm FloranceGordonBrown.

Londrey described the Scotts as longtime Richmonders who had been working with her for years in search of their “perfect home” when they put Clear View under contract in April. The two-story colonial was built in 1981 by Lora and Claiborne Robins, the late local philanthropists.

The house includes a curved “flying” staircase.

“They fell in love with the amazing, parklike grounds, and the allure of bringing this iconic home back to its former glorious state by honoring the Robinses’ original vision of Clear View,” Londrey said. “That’s really important to them. Throughout the negotiations, first and foremost was preserving the integrity of the property.”

Londrey said the Scotts plan to maintain the home and grounds largely as is, with some modernizations to the house while preserving its character. She said neighbors concerned that the house could be replaced or the property filled with more homes have nothing to fear.

“Richard Bower told me that, once it went under contract, neighbors were calling asking if they were going to tear it down and build several houses,” she said. “It will be beautiful, and it will be what the Robinses intended it to be, just a beautiful iconic home there.”

Following Lora Robins’ death in 2010, Clear View was bequeathed to the Virginia Historical Society, now known as the Virginia Museum of History & Culture, which hosted receptions at the site before selling it to the Meiers. Randy Meier has since taken a job in another state, prompting this latest sale.

Totaling five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and three half-baths, the home includes a curved flying staircase, multiple wood-burning fireplaces, an elevator and a finished basement. Other rooms include a library, sun room, and first- and second-floor master suites.

Outside, the landscaped property is accentuated with brick walkways, gardens and gazebos, and includes marble terraces, a pool, pool house, greenhouse and fountain. The property is enclosed within a brick wall, and iron gates and fencing that surround the house.

The 5-acre grounds include a pool, fountain and brick walkways.

The rest of December’s top five home sales all topped the million-dollar mark. Due to an additional sale that wasn’t included in the original list, the list has been expanded to include six sales.

Rounding out that list, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service:

  • 8 Canterbury Road, Windsor Farms, Richmond – $1.75 million. Listing agents: Patricia Ray Barton and Robert Barton, Joyner; buyer’s agent: Jenny Maraghy, Joyner.
  • 863 Waterbridge Road, Kinloch, Goochland – $1.34 million. Listing agent: Tammi Taylor, Boone Homes; buyer’s agent: Wes Atiyeh, Joyner.
  • 16237 Maple Hall Drive, Founders Bridge, Midlothian – $1.3 million. Listing agent: Susan Lockhart, Long & Foster; buyer’s agent: Tracy Whitley, Long & Foster.
  • 16507 Cheverton Court, Hallsley, Midlothian – $1.25 million. Listing agent: Kyle Yeatman, Long & Foster; buyer’s agent: Amy Pryor, Long & Foster.
  • 4805 Lockgreen Circle, Lockgreen, Richmond – $1.24 million. Listing agent: Kim Condyles, Shaheen Ruth Martin & Fonville Real Estate; buyer’s agent: Carrie Robeson, The Steele Group.

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