State delegate, local developer list homes with multimillion-dollar price tags

The listing at 113 Libbie Ave. features a courtyard with pool between the main house and guest apartment. (Photos courtesy of CVRMLS)

A pair of seven-figure listings for a local developer and a state delegate have come by way of the same real estate agent.

Long & Foster’s Pam Diemer recently listed homes at 113 Libbie Ave. and 1 Raven Rock Lane for $3.75 million and $2.2 million, respectively.

Pam Diemer

The 5,000-square-foot Libbie Avenue home, between Grove Avenue and Cary Street Road, is owned by an LLC tied to Rob Chesson, a local developer who also owns the Starwood estate at 1 Starwood Lane in Goochland County.

Diemer, who did not refer to her clients by name, said Chesson had bought the Libbie property to downsize but ended up changing his mind. She said the Starwood estate has not sold since it was listed in 2020 for $3.7 million.

“The seller at Libbie had purchased planning to downsize, but they’re not,” Diemer said. “They decided they weren’t ready to downsize.”

Diemer had listed the Starwood estate for Chesson. Goochland property records show Chesson transferred ownership of Starwood to an LLC in mid-August.

Chesson’s RRC5 LLC bought the Libbie home in June 2021 for $2.5 million. The property was listed by Diemer Sept. 1 and is assessed by the city at $1.25 million.

The LLC lists its office address as 123 Libbie Ave., the former Mango Salon building that is owned by Chesson’s Manakin Holdings LLC.

Squeezed into a narrow 0.2-acre lot on Libbie just north of Matoaka Road, the five-bedroom, six-bathroom house was built in 2020 and designed by architect Michael Brown of Staunton.

The modern industrial-style house was designed by Staunton-based architect Michael Brown.

Totaling five bedrooms and bathrooms with two half-baths, the modern industrial-style home is designed with facades that include stone, wood, glass and concrete. The main house, a guest apartment and a connecting walkway between them enclose a courtyard with gardens and a pool.

The first-floor primary suite includes a closet with island, separate vanities and toilets, and a tub and jetted shower. The house also includes three suites, an office nook and an upper-level balcony deck. Chesson built out the third floor, which was unfinished when the house was purchased, Diemer said.

The guest apartment has an elevator, kitchen, living room with gas fireplace, and bedroom and bathroom. The property also includes a turf dog run and other pet amenities.

113 Libbie Ave. is designed with facades and walls that include stone, wood, glass and concrete.

Diemer said she’s been showing the listing regularly since it hit the market Sept. 1. She’s marketing both listings through Long & Foster’s recently formed association with Forbes Global Properties, a residential real estate arm of the business media company that provides marketing services to select brokerages for listings that are $2 million and above.

“I’m having a significant level of interest in both properties,” Diemer said. “The market is still significantly strong at this price point.

“Both properties are unique opportunities, with Libbie being new (construction) with extraordinary architecture with this modern industrial style, in this neighborhood where everyone wants to be,” she said. “The Raven Rock property has that connection with Bud Hyland, the renowned Richmond architect.”

The lakeside house at 1 Raven Rock Lane includes a saltwater pool.

Located a few miles west beside Parham Road, 1 Raven Rock Lane is situated on a 6.4-acre wooded lakeside lot in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood in western Henrico County. The primarily single-level house with a lower-level rec room totals 8,100 square feet with five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms.

Built in 1978, the midcentury modern-style house was designed by Richmond architect Bud Hyland, who apprenticed under famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was recently renovated by Mark Franko Custom Building and architecture firm 3North.

Designed to capture and accentuate the woodland and creek setting around it, the house includes a great room with vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace and glass doors leading to a multilevel deck and terrace, gardens and a saltwater pool.

The house features vaulted wooded-beam ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows.

The dining room includes a fireplace and grand piano bay, and the renovated owner’s suite includes dual vanities and closets. The lower level includes a kitchenette, studio with fireplace and flex space.

Willett and wife Lydia Pulley bought the house in a multiparcel sale in 2002 for $1 million, property records show. Henrico assessed the property this year at $1.3 million.

Willet represents Virginia’s 73rd District in the House of Delegates and is vice president of community engagement at consulting firm Merakata Inc. He was formerly a vice president with Impact Makers for 10 years until 2020.

Built in 1978, the recently renovated house still has a 1970s vibe.

Pulley most recently was senior VP and deputy general counsel for Verizon, where she worked for 22 years until June, according to a LinkedIn page.

The couple is downsizing and remaining in the area, Diemer said.

The house was listed Sept. 2 and had a contract pending as of Wednesday.

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