Two Goochland estates topped area’s priciest home sales in January

The $2.82 million sale of the Oaklea estate at 330 Flag Station Road was the most expensive in January. (BizSense file)

WestRock chairman John Luke’s former riverfront home wasn’t the only Goochland County estate to sell for seven-figures last month.

Luke’s $2.82 million sale of the Oaklea estate at 330 Flag Station Road led the pack of area residential sales in January. The transaction closed Jan. 27 and included the 6,700-square-foot main house and 32 of the nearly 35 acres that were listed for sale last August.

Anne Chewning with The Steele Group | Sotheby’s International Realty had the listing, representing Luke and his wife Kathleen. Luke is non-executive chairman of packaging company WestRock and was CEO of its Richmond-based predecessor MeadWestvaco.

Scott Ruth and Scott Shaheen of Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate represented the buyer, listed in county property records as Duval Investment Properties LLC.

A few miles north, the 10-acre Greenview estate at Hermitage Country Club came in as the No. 3 sale of the month. The 6,600-square-foot home at 291 Hawk Wing Drive sold Jan. 6 for $1.52 million.

That’s $225,000 higher than the two-story colonial went for in 2015, when it was purchased by Michael and Pamela Ritter. The Ritters listed the house this time around with Pam Diemer of Long & Foster Real Estate, who had sold the house to them for the previous owners.

The 6,600-square-foot Greenview house at 291 Hawk Wing Drive. (Courtesy of CVRMLS)

Will Hamnett with Keller Williams Realty represented the buyers, listed in property records as trustees of John and Kristen Gardner. Hamnett said the Gardners are relocating from out-of-town and noticed the listing in their home search.

Hamnett said they were drawn by the home’s acreage and country club location.

“The lot size, privacy, proximity to Hermitage — those were all the main factors that attracted them to this property,” he said.

The house was listed in August and went under contract in early December. Diemer said she received a lot of interest in the listing, which she marketed using 3D virtual tour technology.

“When you have a property this significant, sometimes it takes a little while for the buyer and the seller to work it out,” Diemer said. “Certainly travel limitations were a factor in the length of time on the market, but the 3D tour compensates for that quite a bit.”

She added, “It offered multiple workspaces inside the home, and the land set it apart for the privacy. This home did not have a pool or any other buildings, so basically it was a blank slate in a spectacular setting.”

Built in 1995, the renovated house totals six bedrooms, four bathrooms and two half-baths. It includes a first floor suite, a sunroom with vaulted ceiling, two offices, a billiards/media room, three fireplaces, and two garages with space for three vehicles.

The 10-acre estate is adjacent to Hermitage Country Club’s Manakin Course.

The property is adjacent to the 14th fairway of the Hermitage’s Manakin Course. The latest county assessment valued the property at $1.49 million.

Greenview came in just below the No. 2 sale on the list: a 5,100-square-foot house at 2028 Monument Ave. that sold Jan. 22 for $1.85 million. Betsy Dotterer with Joyner Fine Properties had the listing. Shane Lott with Rashkind Saunders & Co. was the buyer’s agent.

Rounding out the top five sales were, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service:

  • 1004 Middle Quarter Court, Middle Quarter, Henrico – $1.46 million. Listing agents: Betsy Dotterer and Richard Bower, Joyner; buyer’s agent: Kimberly Bostain, Long & Foster.
  • 307 Lock Lane, Windsor Farms, Richmond – $1.33 million. Listing agent: Shelley Roberts, SRMF Real Estate; buyer’s agent: Jim Getty, Steele Group.

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