West End riverside house near country club hits market with $3.5M price tag

The renovated house at 117 Tempsford Lane includes a pool with a terraced hardscape. (Photos courtesy of CVRMLS)

A recently remodeled riverside house near the Country Club of Virginia hit the market last week, with one of the higher price tags seen in the region this year.

The 4,500-square-foot house at 117 Tempsford Lane was listed July 1 at just under $3.5 million. The midcentury modern-style house faces the James River and Kanawha Canal at the end of the dead-end street off Cary Street Road.

Husband-and-wife team Jim and Donna Ransone with Joyner Fine Properties have the listing. They’re representing the sellers, Steve and Chris Ann Inman, who undertook an extensive renovation after buying the house for $1.15 million in 2018.

The house’s main floor features floor-to-ceiling windows.

The 1.2-acre property most recently was assessed by the city at $1.19 million, according to Richmond property records.

The Inmans, who are both retired, said they’re looking to sell the house because they’d like to travel more, and to possibly take on another renovation project. They said a sale would help them determine their next move, adding that they’re happy to stay in the home if it doesn’t sell.

The Inmans worked with Ronnie Walsh of Henrico-based Walsh Builders on the Tempsford remodel, which features floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, porcelain tile and fabricated kitchen cabinets by German brand Poggenpohl.

The midcentury modern-style house was designed by Marcellus Wright and Son Architects.

They also added a pool to the property, along with hardscapes and landscaping by Marcia Fryer Landscape Designs. A canoe rack and dock provide access to the canal.

“Every square foot has been renovated,” Donna Ransone said of the house, which also includes a new roof.

“It is rare to have a house come on the market that doesn’t need a single thing done. Even the painting, it is meticulous,” she said. “It’s all recently done, and it’s all done to the highest standards.”

Built in 1956, the two-level house was designed by Richmond firm Marcellus Wright and Son Architects, now Marcellus Wright Cox Architects. The firm’s other residential work along the river includes the 5,000-square-foot house at 216 Paxton Road and a former Gottwald family home at 7701 Riverside Drive.

The two-level house faces the river from a cul-de-sac.

Totaling five bedrooms, the Tempsford house has 4½ bathrooms, three of which have heated floors.

The pool is temperature-controlled and includes a tanning shelf. It’s surrounded with sitting areas, exterior lighting, an irrigation system and automated shades.

Jim Ransone said the home’s secluded location and proximity to the river would appeal to buyers.

“It is so private,” he said. “Even though you’re in the city, it is at the end of this cul-de-sac, on the river. Anyone who likes the river, he has a canoe rack set up so all he has to do is just paddle across the canal and pull his canoe across and he’s in the river.”

While the listing went active Thursday, showings were held off a week and start this Thursday, July 8. The Ransones said they’re reaching out to clients who might be interested in the listing, as well as to fellow agents.

Exterior lights and landscaping accentuate the pool area.

The house shares the cul-de-sac with two homes that have topped monthly home sales in the region in recent years. The house at 116 Tempsford Lane was the highest-priced sale in May 2014, while 118 Tempsford Lane was the second-highest sale in March 2018.

The listing joins a select group of homes currently on the market with price tags above the $3 million mark.

Nearby, the 7,100-square-foot “Tiara” mansion at 5511 Cary Street Road was listed in April at $3.4 million, after initially hitting the market in 2019 as a for-sale-by-owner. Farther west in Henrico, the 7-acre Fairfield mansion at 211 Ross Road is priced at $3.45 million after initially hitting the market three years ago with a $6 million price tag.

In Windsor Farms, the 10,000-square-foot mansion at 4300 Sulgrave Road recently returned to the market at $4.45 million. Downtown, the 11,000-square-foot Ellen Glasgow House, listed last year at $3.5 million, was reduced in price last month to $2.29 million.

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Ed Christina
Ed Christina
2 months ago

Being close to CCV is such a great selling point, that’s a non profit that really gives back adding value for struggling home owners.

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
2 months ago
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SA Chaplin
SA Chaplin
2 months ago
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Even a pancake has two sides, Ed. https://colemanscornerdotcomdotbr.wordpress.com/

kay christensen
kay christensen
2 months ago

Looks to be wildly overpriced based on square footage and overall “feel” of the building. Should be interesting to see the true fetch!