A retired tobacco executive’s moves from the city to the country and back again can be traced through three of the priciest homes sold in the Richmond area this year, though none of them made the top spot on this list.
With multiple deals sharing three of the year’s top 10 sale prices, this year’s list is made up of 13 homes with three ties – one of them in the No. 1 spot.
Here are the year’s top 10 sales, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service and BizSense reports:
The first of three ties on this list, the 10th-highest sale price seen this year was shared by this 5,500-square-foot house in Richmond’s West End and the 40-acre Walnut Hill estate in Rockville.
Patricia Ray Barton and Robert Barton Jr. with Joyner Fine Properties co-listed 6310 Three Chopt for seller Karen Adams, CEO of Hot Technology Holdings. The buyers, Lyndon and Lisa Cooper, were represented by Sherry Beran and Kristin Krupp with Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville (SRMF) Real Estate.
Walnut Hill, once the homestead of the late philanthropists Harwood and Louise Cochrane, is the first of three properties on this list tied to Jim Starkey, a retired tobacco executive who sold the estate in October, en route to a home in Windsor Farms that’s No. 2 on this list.
Starkey listed Walnut Hill with Long & Foster’s Jeff and Marianne Donahue. Buyer Jeff Bisger, chairman of local development firm Thalhimer Realty Partners, was represented by Sheri Rosner with Virginia Properties Long & Foster.
No. 9: 107 Fox Gate Lane, Goochland – $2.695 million
This 5,400-square-foot house sold at list price as September’s top sale, and was just $500 behind the next sale on this list. The colonial-style home on a wooded 6-acre lot was listed in August and went under contract two weeks later.
Buyers Jared Silverman and Lange Taylor were represented by Robb Moss with Long & Foster. The seller was an LLC tied to local builder Rhett Starke, who was represented by Sean Stilwell with The Steele Group | Sotheby’s International Realty.
No. 8: 308 Hillwood Road, Richmond – $2,695,500
This 6,000-square-foot West End house sold Dec. 1 at its October list price. Totaling four bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms, the mid-century modern home in the Hillcrest neighborhood was listed by SRMF’s Scott Ruth and Scott Shaheen for sellers Boyd and Margaret Clarke. The mystery buyer, who purchased the home through an LLC, was represented by SRMF’s Alice Sharp.
No. 7: 6317 Three Chopt Road, Richmond – $2.7 million
Topping sales in March was this 6,600-square-foot house in the West End. Totaling five bedrooms, four bathrooms and three half-baths, the two-story house was built in 1935 and added onto in 2019.
Margaret Wade with Long & Foster had the listing, representing sellers Jeff and Anne Lamb, Jeff the COO of specialty insurer Markel Corp. Long & Foster’s Eliza Branch represented the mystery buyer, who bought the house through an LLC.
No. 6: 109 Nottingham Road, Richmond – $2.78 million
Another recent sale on Dec. 15, this 5,900-square-foot Windsor Farms house was listed in late October at $2.49 million and went under contract two weeks later. Susan Jones with The Steele Group | SIR was the listing agent, and Philip Innes with Re/Max Commonwealth represented the buyer.
No. 5: 13299 Beckford Lane, Goochland – $2.99 million
The No. 3 sale in October, this 11,400-square-foot house in Rivergate sold at its list price, coming in just $5,000 behind the next sale on this list. Janice Taylor with Re/Max Commonwealth had the listing, and Pam Davis with Long & Foster represented the buyer.
No. 4: 7401 Riverside Drive, Richmond – $3 million
October’s second-priciest sale was one of three that month with ties to Jim Starkey, a retired tobacco executive whose moves from the city to the country and back again connected the three properties.
Before he purchased the No. 2 sale on this list, and before he sold the 40-acre Walnut Hill estate in Goochland (a co-No. 10), he and wife Judi had lived at this 4,000-square-foot Riverside Drive home, which they sold in 2017 to house restorer Laurie Petronis. Five years later, Petronis sold the house herself in October, with representation from Jolanda Knezevich with Long & Foster.
The home’s new owners are Nico De Leon and Cecilia Barbosa, who were represented by Beth Lane with Metropolitan Real Estate.
The first No. 3 on this list was the No. 2 sale in May, coming in behind one of the year’s top sellers. The 8,700-square-foot Windsor Farms mansion with five bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms was listed by Long & Foster’s Anne Hall for the seller, a trust for Dorothy Pauley, the late widow of longtime Carpenter Co. chairman and CEO Stanley Pauley. The couple had owned the property since 1977.
The buyers, Walter and Karen Moore, were represented by Sally Hawthorne with SRMF and were the sellers of 303 Lock Lane, May’s No. 5 sale.
Sharing the No. 3 spot is the Fairfield estate, a 1700s-era reconstructed mansion on 7 acres in western Henrico that sold in November, nearly five years after it first hit the market. The sale price was almost half the nearly $6 million price tag that was put on the property in 2018, when a different brokerage listed it for the first time in 90 years.
Buyers Jason and Christa Vickers-Smith were represented by Dawson Boyer with Providence Hill Real Estate. The sellers were the children of the late Alice Preston Smith, whose family had owned Fairfield for nearly a century. The descendants had listed the estate with SRMF’s John and Holly Martin.
No. 2: 4300 Sulgrave Road, Richmond – $3.25 million
The 10,000-square-foot mansion at 4300 Sulgrave Road, across from Agecroft Hall and Virginia House in Windsor Farms, represents a return to the city for buyer Jim Starkey, who bought the house in October after putting it under contract in August. Around the same time, he and wife Judi listed their previous home: the 40-acre Walnut Hill estate, which also sold in October for $2.5 million as the month’s fourth-priciest sale.
Starkey, a retired vice president of tobacco giant Universal Corp., was represented by Long & Foster’s Jeff and Marianne Donahue. Sue Farrell with Joyner Fine Properties and Lucy Williams with The Steele Group | SIR co-listed the property for the sellers, former Dominion Energy Chairman and CEO Thomas Capps and his wife Sandra.
Tied for the year’s top sale was Mt. Bernard, a 19th-century estate in Maidens that sold in a multiparcel sale in May, and 105 Brookschase, a 12,500-square-foot mansion in Windsor on the James.
While the 58-acre estate at 2371 River Road W. technically sold for $2.6 million, as it appears in the CVRMLS, the transaction as reflected in Goochland property records included an adjacent 63 acres that took the combined price to $3.6 million.
Richard Bower with Joyner Fine Properties had the Mt. Bernard listing, representing seller Maria Becker, who had owned the estate since the late 1970s with her husband and fellow physician Donald Becker, who died in 2020. The buyers, Jhimy and Mary Ortuno, were represented by Long & Foster’s Emily Stanford.
105 Brookschase was co-listed by SRMF’s Scott Shaheen and Scott Ruth for a trustee of previous owner Doris Nelson. Buyers Jeff and Debbie Hires were represented by SRMF’s John Martin.
Built by Rick Kastelberg with Mako Builders, the three-level brick colonial totals five bedrooms with six bathrooms and three half-baths. It includes a sunroom with fireplace, a walkout basement with rec room, an elevator and a four-car garage.
On the radar for 2023:
Keep an eye on 6311 Three Chopt Road, the century-old Rosewood home that hit the market this fall with an asking price of $4.25 million. Totaling 7,400 square feet, the four-level house has seven bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms on a 2.5-acre lot between Three Chopt and Towana Road near the roads’ convergence.
Also on the market is 113 Libbie Ave., a 5,000-square-foot home between Grove Avenue and Cary Street Road that hit the market in September for $3.75 million. It’s since been reduced to $3.45 million.
Barnstone, a 6,000-square-foot Tudor-style house at 271 John Tyler Memorial Highway in Charles City County, remains for sale at $2.35 million after hitting the market in May. Also listed that month, at $4.3 million, was the Eberhard Pond estate at 3535 Meadow Road in Varina, though the property has since been taken off-market.
And what’s to come of Richmond’s Ellen Glasgow House? The 11,000-square-foot, nearly 180-year-old mansion at 1 W. Main St. in downtown Richmond returned to the market in November with a nearly $2 million price tag, nearly a year after an attempted auction that was cancelled. The home originally hit the market in 2020 with a $3.5 million price tag.