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For one month, Hickman County is the new Belle Meade

January 2014

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Headline Homes is so often a journey. It takes us all the way from Belle Meade to Brentwood — a luxurious trip of nearly nine miles — and over hills, both Oak and Forest.

But this month, Headline Homes starts the new year by spreading its well-appointed gilt wings. Belle Meade is there (twice, plus another that claims to be in the "Belle Meade area," even if it isn't in the city limits) and so is Brentwood. But there was no room for hills Oak or Forest, because Headline Homes wanted to go to Hickman County. Twice.

And when this list went into Williamson County it didn't stop at Brentwood or even Franklin. It kept going until it got to Thompson's Station.

And the buyers are an interesting sort, too. There's a former BMI exec and a Hollywood type who shepherded some of TV's best-known shows. Justin Timberlake isn't on the list, despite rumors to the contrary, but Eddie Rabbitt makes a cameo.

As always, what follows is the Top 10 home sales in Davidson and surrounding counties (and Hickman County) for January, ranked by sale price:


1. 2019 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin, 37064

Buyers: Del R. and Carolyn Smith Bryant

Sale price: $4.8 million

Sellers: Melinda M. and Jeffrey P. Lawrence

Sellers' agent: Betty K. Brothers, Worth Properties

Buyers' agent: John R. Hill, Maury County Realty

Built in 1850, this property bounding the Harpeth was once owned by country music's Eddie Rabbitt. The home, which includes the original pine and walnut floors, sits on 44 acres, with a guest cottage and pool house. The buyer, Del Bryant, is the recently retired president and CEO of BMI. Seller Jeffrey Lawrence is a renowned orthopedic surgeon with a sports medicine focus.


2. 1224 Waterstone Blvd., Franklin, 37069

Buyers: Kent and Jenna Furlong

Sale price: $4.25 million

Seller: Jamie Courtney Beckwith

Seller's agent: Christy Reed Blackwell, Christianson, Patterson, Courtney & Associates

Buyers' agent: Jack S. Miller, Parks

This Laurelbrooke home is one of a handful rumored to have been purchased by megastar Justin Timberlake, and it may well have been, if JT changed his name to Kent Furlong and is the scion of an inland river transportation fortune. Furlong's new home — not Timberlake's — is a 16,267-square-foot, seven-bedroom estate on nearly private acres in the already private gated subdivision. It includes a pool house (with spas, plural) and a cabana. The wine cellar has a glass ceiling so as to examine the collection from above.


3. 1311 Chickering Road, Belle Meade, 37215

Buyers: Kerry D. and Victoria L. McCluggage

Sale price: $4.8 million

Seller: Estate of Alyne Q. Massey

Seller's agents: Steve G. Fridrich & Margaret H. Taylor, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyers' agent: Betty Finucane, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Designed by Mark Harrison, this 12-year-old Belle Meade home promises a combination of "elegant formal areas and casual family rooms," so the McCluggages should feel free to leave their sweatshirts lying around on top of their bean bag chairs.

Coming in at 11,000 square feet on a shade over two acres on Chickering, the home has covered porches and patios and is "storybook beautiful."

And Kerry McCluggage knows a thing or two about stories. A former chairman of Paramount Television and co-founder of UPN, he developed a number of TV series, including The A-Team, Coach, Deadwood, Frasier, Northern Exposure, Law & Order, Miami Vice, Murder She Wrote, Knight Rider and Quantum Leap. He also worked on The Breakfast Club, Out of Africa, and Cocktail while an executive with Universal. He currently owns and is president of Craftsman Films.

The estate of Alyne Massey continues to sell property owned by the beloved fixture of the city's social scene.


4. 1039 Lynnwood Blvd., Nashville, 37215

Buyer: William T. Chapman IV, trustee

Sale price: $3,249,500

Sellers: Richard W. and Cynthia M. Henderson

Sellers' agents: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty and Yvonne Kelly, Zeitlin & Co. Realtors

Buyer's agent: Corinne Kidd, Fridrich & Clark

In that bizarre triangle of land sandwiched between Oak Hill and Belle Meade that is part of neither enclave — the intersection features three different styles of street sign, as the borders between remainder cities and Metro rub against each other like tectonic plates that don't quite match up — sits this 8-year-old, 9,200-square-foot home. The buyer behind trustee Chapman is unknown. Seller Richard Henderson is the senior managing partner for Avondale Partners, an institutional investment bank.


5. 408 W. Brookfield, Belle Meade, 37205

Buyers: Joseph W. and Paige L. Plowman

Sale price: $3.112 million

Sellers: Robert and Laura Sims

Sellers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyers' agent: Jimmy Pilkerton, Pilkerton Realty

Built in 1949 but recently renovated, this "Southern classic" has "lushly landscaped grounds" and a heated pool. This is the Plowmans' second appearance on Headline Homes. Back in August 2008, they purchased a home on Taggart Avenue for $1.2 million.


6. 2829 Webb Hollow Road, Primm Springs, 38476

Buyer: Webb Hollow LLC

Sale price: $2.8 million

Seller: Bending Branch LLC

Seller's agent: Jack S. Miller, Parks

Buyer's agent: Kerri Kidd Cannon, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Headline Homes doesn't get a lot of entries out of Primm Springs specifically, or Hickman County generally (although the latter streak is broken twice this month). Bending Branch Farm has three furnished "hand-crafted timber-framed cottages" on more than 400 acres, which include horse stable and riding trails, a "party pavilion" that seats 60, and a stocked fishing lake. The purchasing LLC shares a Burton Hills address with Symbion. The home was formerly owned by Larry Atema, the developer of the Music City Center.


7. 4400 Franklin Pike, Nashville, 37204

Buyer: James D. Lewis

Sale price: $2.7 million

Sellers: Dwaine L. Anderson and Leilani S. Boulware

Sellers' agent: Steve G. Fridrich, Fridrich & Clark Realty

Buyer's agent: Starling Davis, Fridrich & Clark Realty

This contemporary on Franklin Pike sits on more than 3 fenced acres and includes a top-of-the-line system that controls the thermostat, alarms, cameras, blinds and in-home sound all from a smartphone. The home has granite and onyx countertops. Onyx. James Lewis is the CEO and managing partner of health care consultancy Cumberland Consulting.


8. 3660 Bear Creek Road, Thompson's Station, 37179

Buyer: Holly Dobberpuhl

Sale price: $1.915 million

Sellers: James H. and Janice L. Amos

Sellers' agent: Mark Lonsway, RE/MAX Fine Homes

Buyer's agent: Lisa Culp Taylor, Bob Parks Realty

This equestrian estate has a four-stall horse barn with its own office (and half-bath). The property — nearly 25 acres — also has an enclosed swimming pool and spring-fed stocked pond. Dobberpuhl, along with husband Joel, is among the owners of the Nashville Predators. Seller James Amos is a respected expert on franchising.


9. 451 Backside Beaverdam Road, Centerville, 37033

Buyer: Darai Corp.

Sale price: $1.8 million

Sellers: James E. and Betsy A. Barnes

Sellers' agents: Jim Barnes and Tim Thompson, Tim Thompson Premier Realtors

Buyer's agent: Tim Thompson, Tim Thompson Premier Realtors

Given that entry No. 4 isn't technically Belle Meade, Hickman County has just as many entries in this month's list as does Davidson County's toniest enclave. The Darai Corp. — an Alabama company that seems to specialize in buying high-end homes — picks up this 8-year-old Centerville custom build that fronts not only Backside Beaverdam Road, but also Joe's Branch Road. It sits on 303 acres and has a guesthouse, two workshops (one of which has an apartment), several barns, stocked ponds and a creek. The property also includes a mobile home — and you definitely won't find that in Belle Meade.


10. 7 Spyglass Hill, Brentwood, 37027

Buyer: Kimberly D. Vella

Sale price: $1.7 million

Seller: Timothy D. Blount

Seller's agent: Kimberly Schumacher, Zeitlin & Company Realtors

Buyer's agent: Mark Merryman, Realty Trust Residential

This 8-year-old Governors Club home is "better than new" with its plantation shutters and drapery, outdoor-living space and top-end phone and music system.

Buyer Vella recently submitted her resignation as senior vice-president for people (that's a touchy-feely term for "HR") at Tractor Supply.

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