Some people collect stamps. Wealthier people collect art.
And other people collect homes (and art).
Our top listing this month is one of at least a half-dozen homes owned across the country by the founder of a convenience-store chain that has proven very golden, indeed.
Also featured are two homes sold by the estates of denizens of the stratosphere of the Nashville social set (in Belle Meade, of course). And befitting the beginning of hockey season, October had purchases by a foundation backed by the largesse of one of the team's owners — and by a player being paid out of the same largesse.
As always, what follows are the Top 10 home sales for October in Nashville and surrounding counties ranked by price:
1. 21 Northumberland. Nashville, 37215
Buyer: Lyle Finley Revocable Trust
Sell price: $4.8 million
Sellers: Eric and Tricia Ericson
Sellers' and buyer's agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties
Our top home is promised as tony "Northumberland's finest." The 10,100-square-foot home includes a 1,000-square-foot guest suite and state-of-the-art energy, audio, mechanical and security systems on a "majestic site." Buyer Finley is a collector of 20th century Russian art and of fine homes, having shown up in the November 2008 Headline Homes for a purchase on Belle Meade Boulevard while owning homes in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Rosemary Beach, Fla. He is the founder of the Golden Gallon chain of convenience stores.
2. 4431 Tyne Blvd., Belle Meade, 37215
Buyers: Phyllis S. and Steve Fridrich
Sell price: $4.114 million
Seller: Estate of Alyne Queener Massey
Seller's agents: Steve G. Fridrich and Margaret H. Taylor, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Real estate agent Steve Fridrich purchased this 9,685-square-foot Belle Meade classic — built in 1931 on nearly four acres — from the estate of the late Mrs. Massey, a longtime and beloved fixture of the city's social scene and the namesake of the library at Vanderbilt Law School. Massey died Sept. 11, 2012. This Georgian home astounds from the start with a marble foyer and grand curved staircase. The house includes a "handsome library," and the guesthouse is a three-bedroom 2,234-square-footer on its own.
3. 580 Jackson Blvd., Belle Meade, 37215
Buyer: Sally D. Coble
Sell price: $2.07 million
Seller: Estate of George Wills Clark Crook
Seller's agents: Betty and Elaine Finucane, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyer's agent: Betty Finucane, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Another vestige of old Belle Meade, the 55-year-old home of the late Mr. Crook, the founder of ad agency Buntin, Brook, Harmon and Smith (later Harmon and Crook), Thoroughbred Motors, Ebbtide Boats, Marine Concepts, aircraft time-share company SkyCar and automobile brokerage The Motorcar Co. He was also a commissioner and later mayor of Belle Meade.
His home has a grand entrance hall, and a cut-stone barn sits on the nearly three-acre spread.
4. 2142 S. Berrys Chapel Road, Franklin, 37069
Buyer: Peter Hawkins Dobberpuhl Foundation
Sell price: $1.75 million
Seller: Bryan Doyle
Seller's agent: Brandon Childe, Crye-Leike Realtors
Buyer's agent: W. Mike Jones, Jones Properties
The Peter Hawkins Dobberpuhl Foundation is a 501(c)(3) directed by Joel Dobberpuhl, a member of the Nashville Predators' ownership group, and his wife, Holly. The $50 million foundation gave more than $4.2 million to various local charities in 2011, according its most recent available IRS filing. This 3,500-square-foot home sits on more than 21 acres in rural Williamson County.
5. 1500 Gale Lane, Nashville, 37212
Buyers: Chad O. and Kerri P. Edwards
Sell price: $1.6 million
Sellers: Benjamin D. Sohr and Gennifer Goodman
Sellers' and buyers' agent: Richard B. French, French King Fine Properties
A newer home among the classics, this year-old house near Belmont Boulevard has 10 rooms across its 4,680 square feet and another 3,300 available in a two-story guest house. The sellers are the owners of boutique developer Pencil and Paper Development and plan a mixed-use building in 12South. Chad Edwards is a Franklin-based cosmetic dentist.
6. 4014 Sneed Road, Nashville, 37215
Buyers: Sean C. and Jathena Monaghan
Sell price: $1.58 million
Seller: Charles Rogan Allen
Seller's agent: Connie Allen, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: None of record
This pre-sold, to-be-constructed home on Sneed Road is being built by Tony Fisina's Structurecraft and will be 5,121 square feet.
7. 508 Huckleberry Road, Nashville, 37205
Buyers: Patric and Malin Hornqvist
Sell price: $1.56 million
Sellers: Geoffrey D. and Becky A. Hill
Sellers' agent: Beth Molteni, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Jay Lowenthal, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors
Predators winger Patric Hornqvist signed a contract extension with the team that will pay him an average of $4.25 million through the 2017-18 season. In celebration, the former last pick in the NHL draft bought this Hillwood home. Built in 2009, it has "beautiful hardwood floors" throughout its 6,980 square feet, with masonry fireplaces and a well-appointed kitchen.
8. 5216 Harpeth Ridge Drive, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Scott A. and Amy Cole
Sell price: $1.475 million
Seller: David Mercurio
Seller's agent: Laura Baugh, Worth Properties
Buyers' agent: Richard F. Bryan, Fridrich & Clark Realty
This stately 20-year-old house was recently renovated with hardwood floors, crown molding and new baseboards. It has five bedrooms, five full baths and three half-baths in more than 9,200 square feet.
9. 5204 Colfax Court, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Lisa W. and Matthew Doyle
Sell price: $1.45 million
Sellers: Joseph and Marilyn Kurdziel
Sellers' agent: Severin Anderson, Reliant Realty
Buyers' agent: Debbie Coleman, Bob Parks Realty
This Princeton Hills home was recently expanded by more than 1,500 feet to its current 8,100-plus. It has an 800-square-foot heated saltwater pool, accessible from a basement entertainment room that opens on to its deck.
10. 2142 S. Berrys Chapel Road, Franklin, 37069
Buyers: Patrick and Susan Ryan
Sell price: $1.43 million
Sellers: Jeffrey R. & Nancy Miles
Sellers' agent: Keri Kidd Cannon, Fridrich & Clark Realty
Buyers' agent: Joan Pinkley, Christianson, Patterson, Courtney & Associates
Listing agents know how to appeal to families with kids. This one promises that much-sought-after elementary school Julia Green is within walking distance. The four-bedroom, 5,850-square-foot home sits on nearly an acre in Green Hills.