Current and former CEOs of a homegrown tech company are looking to unload millions of dollars’ worth of residential real estate in two seven-figure listings that recently hit the market.
Shawn Boyer, founder and former CEO of hourly job website Snagajob, put his 9,000-square-foot Hanover County home up for sale this week with an asking price of $2.75 million. The six-bedroom house, with six bathrooms and three half-baths, is at 14854 Elliot Ridge Way, in the Mountain Run subdivision at The Federal Club golf course.
Three weeks earlier, Mathieu Stevenson, Snagajob’s current CEO, listed his 4,900-square-foot house in Richmond’s Windsor Farms with a $1.78 million price tag. The five-bedroom house with 4½ bathrooms is at 305 St. Davids Lane.
Reached Wednesday, Stevenson said he didn’t know Boyer’s house was on the market and said the timing of the listings is “pure coincidence.”
Boyer, who now runs software company GoHappy Hub, is no longer involved with Snagajob, which he left as chairman in 2015 after stepping down as CEO two years earlier. Stevenson joined Snagajob — rebranded for a time as simply Snag — early last year and was named CEO that June.
Stevenson said he’s selling his house because his family plans to do some traveling this fall, “given everyone is virtual.” He said they’ll be returning to Richmond at the end of the year or early next year to find another “project,” referring to renovations they made to the St. Davids Lane house.
“We enjoy renovating, which I realize is not typical,” he said.
Graham Johnson, an agent with Coldwell Banker Avenues, listed the house for Stevenson and his wife Corcoran, who purchased it a year ago for $1.65 million. Property records show the latest city assessment valued the ¾-acre property at $1.48 million.
Ski lodge-like look
Joyner Fine Properties’ Betsy Dotterer has the Hanover listing, representing Boyer and his wife Tennille. Dotterer said she would not discuss her clients beyond the listing, which had a no-show provision that expired Thursday.
Dotterer listed the house Sunday and said she’s heard from fellow agents who’ve remarked on its ski lodge-like appearance. The Boyers had the house built in 2013 after purchasing the nearly 3-acre lot three years earlier for $300,000, Hanover property records show. The latest county assessment valued the property at just over $1.66 million.
“I have gotten a lot of feedback from Realtors saying they’re very enthusiastic about the property and how impressive it is,” Dotterer said. “It is Architectural Digest-worthy. I’ve never seen a house like this in Richmond before, with the quality and the view. It’s an opportunity for somebody.”
Totaling 18 rooms across three levels, the house was constructed by Mark Franko Custom Building and designed by Kristi Lane of Visible Proof and fellow designer Peter Fraser, who Dotterer said sourced the home’s materials from across the country. Details include flooring from an old church in Ohio and stone for the fireplaces from a quarry in New York.
The house’s centerpiece is a two-story living room with exposed stone fireplace that opens to a kitchen with a walnut-top island. The master suite includes two walk-in closets and a Juliet balcony, and the house includes an office with library shelving and a marble fireplace.
The walkout lower level includes an exercise room, wine cellar, media room, a guest bedroom and a stone-floored den with wet bar. The property also has an outdoor living area with a stone fireplace and a heated infinity-edged pool.
Dotterer said she’s marketing the listing with a video she’s distributing to real estate companies, along with a cover spread in an upcoming edition of Estates & Homes magazine and a detailed listing and brochure on her website. She said the property’s views from inside the house and its blend of design styles will help sell the home.
“It’s the historical features of the house, but yet it has a modern feel to it,” she said. “Just the fact that they sourced materials from across the country, so that they could have a stone hearth that looks like it came from a Colorado ski lodge.”
Back in Windsor Farms, 305 St. Davids Lane was built in 1940 and totals 12 rooms across two levels. The brick-and-slate colonial also blends old and new, as Johnson said the Stevensons renovated the kitchen to an open-concept layout and also updated the bathrooms.
“What they’ve done to the property is exceptional because it’s so open-concept,” Johnson said. “It’s gone through a couple changes over the years with different owners. Everybody’s put their own personal stamp on the property, and it all works.”
Quartz countertops accentuate the kitchen, which includes French-door access to a rear terrace overlooking a walled garden.
The property also includes a detached garage with electric car hookup and a guest suite.
Johnson listed the house Aug. 14 and started showings four days later. While no offers have come yet, he said the house has maintained interest — particularly from out-of-towners looking to relocate in the work-from-home age.
“We have had some people keeping an eye on it,” he said. “We’ve had a few folks looking from New York City, because people have found out that they can work virtually very easily. We’ve had a lot of that kind of interest. It’s definitely different.”
The listings join others that have hit the million-dollar home market in recent weeks. Late last month, WestRock chairman John Luke Jr. listed his 35-acre riverside estate in eastern Goochland at $3.67 million. Days earlier, an 8,200-square-foot house at 900 Westover Road in Richmond’s Byrd Park went under contract within days of its listing at $2.65 million.
“A lot of these high-price homes are selling,” Johnson said of the market. “Interest rates are fueling the fire. It’s good for Richmond.”