Financial adviser, C-suite consultant buy priciest home sold in March

The house at 7612 Hill Drive overlooks the James River. (Photos courtesy of CVRMLS)

A local couple’s purchase of a nearly century-old house along Riverside Drive topped Richmond-area home sales last month, edging out several million-dollar deals that included a recently built modern home in Byrd Park.

Topping the list was 7612 Hill Drive, a 7,500-square-foot house on a bluff beside the river that sold March 29 for $2.15 million, below its Jan. 19 list price of $2.49 million.

The buyers are Brian and Stephanie Ford. They were represented by Paul Wierschem with Keller Williams Midlothian.

The original house was built in 1925 with stone from an adjacent quarry.

Brian Ford is a financial adviser with RBC Wealth Management and for 20 years contributed to the “Virginia Stock Report” and other economic programs on VPM. Stephanie Ford is a director with management consulting firm Warren Whitney, working with CEOs and CFOs on business development.

City property records identify the sellers as James and Jan Starnes, who listed the property with Ann Kelly with Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate.

The couple purchased the home in 1998 for just over $1 million, records show. The latest city assessment valued the 6.4-acre property at $1.91 million.

The 6.4-acre property is situated on a bluff beside Riverside Drive.

With their purchase, the Fords are returning to the south side of the river, where they grew up and dated in high school, Stephanie said. They’re moving from their previous home in the West End.

“We both grew up in Westover Hills near the river and have always loved that area,” Stephanie said in an email. “Since our days as high school sweethearts, we have always enjoyed our visits together to the river.

“We look forward to this next chapter in our lives enjoying the wildlife, scenery and active life of the James River while caring for this historical property.”

The rear addition features floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the river.

Built in 1925 with stone from the old Southampton Quarry adjacent to the property, the house overlooks the James River near the Z Dam downstream from the Huguenot Bridge. Totaling five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half-baths, the two-level colonial includes a rear addition with a more contemporary design by the late architect and Richmond native Jaqueline Robertson.

The addition has floor-to-ceiling windows enhancing the river views, along with a screened porch, kitchen and family room with one of the house’s seven fireplaces. Stephanie said the addition was built in the 1970s when the house was owned by the late S. Buford Scott, head of his family’s namesake Scott & Stringfellow investments brokerage that is now a division of BB&T Securities.

The house has a ground-level bedroom with en suite bathroom, and the property includes a 40-by-20-foot pool with pool house, blue stone terrace, two-car garage and original barn.

One of the upstairs bedrooms.

The property also includes a roughly half-acre parcel across Riverside Drive with river frontage. It does not include the adjacent quarry property, a 3.5-acre parcel that remains under James Starnes’s ownership.

The house is the latest on that stretch of Riverside to sell above the $2 million mark.

Across the quarry from the house, a 5,400-square-foot home previously owned by John and Margaret Gottwald sold in 2017 for $2.05 million. Farther upriver, Mark and Victoria Sauer sold their 6,500-square-foot Butte Road home for $2.1 million last year.

Coming in as the second-priciest home sale in March was 3905 Sulgrave Road in Windsor Farms. The 5,800-square-foot Dutch Colonial sold March 26 for $1.77 million, above its Feb. 8 list price of $1.66 million. Long & Foster’s Margaret Wade had the listing, and SRMF’s Rebecca Winters represented the buyers.

The month’s No. 3 sale was 810 Westover Road, a modern-design house overlooking Byrd Park that sold March 3 for $1.74 million. The newly built house was originally listed two years ago at just under $2 million and most recently was priced at $1.79 million.

The house at 810 Westover Road. (CVRMLS)

Jeannette Mock with The Steele Group | Sotheby’s International Realty had that listing, and SRMF’s Becky McNeer represented the buyers.

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

  • 2001 Monument Ave., Richmond – $1.72 million. Listing agent: Michelle Ferguson, Virginia Properties Long & Foster; buyer’s agent: Maria Brent, Steele Group.
  • 853 Elmslie Lane, Kinloch, Goochland – $1.65 million. Listing agents: Sue Farrell, Joyner Fine Properties, and Lucy Williams, Steele Group; buyer’s agent: Philip Innes, Re/Max Commonwealth.

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