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Physicians, a car dealer, a banker and a management consultant are among the buyers in October's list of the biggest home sales in town. Sorry, no celebrities this time, as seen in so many prior months. Still, our monthly glimpse of the residential market's upper reaches does provide a window on how homes are moving in that rarefied segment. As in prior months, we are the bearer of hard news about a few sales that came in well under asking price after lengthy listings. But with two home buys above $2 million and at least 17 last month at more than $1 million, the upper-end market is looking far from anemic.

Largest single-family home purchases recorded in Davidson and neighboring counties in October 2009, ranked by dollar value:

1. 504 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Robert P. & Mary C. LaGrone

Sale price: $3.3 million

Sellers: Ray Willis Hester and Evelyn E. Hester, as trustees for personal trusts

Sellers' agent: Lisa Culp Taylor (Bob Parks Realty)

Buyers' agent: Jeff Brandon (Realty Executives)

Situated on 4.7 acres, this 16-room, 11,900-square-foot chateau spent almost exactly a year—363 days—on the market after initially listing at $3.95 million.

Dr. Bob LaGrone is a Nashville rheumatologist. Attorney Mary LaGrone has a probate and estate practice in Nashville.


2. 337 White Swans Crossing, Brentwood, 37027
Buyers: Daniel L. & Sharon A. Huff

Sale price: $2.5 million

Builder/seller: Frawood Custom Builders LLC

Sellers' agent: Laura Baugh (Worth Properties)

Buyers' agent: Carolyn Wood (Realty Executives)

This new home in Cambridge Downs moved after a little under three months on the market. Described in its listing as a "grand yet very warm and cozy" French manor, it has six bedroom suites, a paneled library, a home theater and two recreation rooms.


3. 4004 Harding Place, 37215
Buyers: Kailey & Charles W. Hand Jr.

Sale price: $1.65 million

Sellers: Karen L. & Robert C. Elliott

Sellers' agent: Laura Baugh (Worth Properties)

Buyers' agent: Brandon Bubis (Keller Williams Realty)

This European-style home has four bedrooms along with four full and three half bathrooms, plus a guest house. The property listing touts its "inground gunite pool" —yep, just when you were expecting an above-ground pool from Watson's—as well as "fabulous outdoor living areas" and an "awesome master suite."


4. 6039 Robin Hill Road, 37205
Buyers: Michael D. Sontag, trustee for Katherine Johnson Cannata

Sale price: $1.62 million

Builder/seller: HR Properties of Tennessee

Sellers' agent: Frances Garner (Parks Properties)

Buyers' agent: Betty Finucane (Fridrich & Clark Realty)

This is the sixth time an HR Properties home has made the "Headline Homes" list since the column began in 2008.

Katherine Johnson Cannata and her brother Sidney Johnson Jr. run the Wyatt-Johnson auto dealership in Clarksville.


5. 200 Emily Court, Franklin, 37064
Buyers: Pamela Diane & Joseph Dale Storey

Sale price: $1.52 million

Seller: Pinnacle National Bank

Seller's agent: Corbi Parker (Keller Williams Realty)

Buyers' agent: none of record

The bank unloads a four-story townhome in the Brownstones development of downtown Franklin.

Joe Storey is a serial entrepreneur in the medical transcription business, having helped build and sell two start-up ventures during the past two decades.


6. 601 Enquirer Ave., 37205
Buyers: Christopher S. & Melissa Windham Johnston

Sale price: $1.45 million

Seller: Stephanie Coker Hastings, as trustee for a personal trust

Agent for both parties: Kristin Yarbrough (Worth Properties)

This 17-room Belle Meade estate dates to 1939 but has been renovated.


7. 887 Oak Valley Lane, 37220
Buyers: Kevin P. & May B. Lavender

Sale price: $1.35 million

Builder/seller: Nathan E. Montgomery Sr.

Seller's agent: Molly Edmondson (Fridrich & Clark Realty)

Buyers' agent: Valerie Roberts (Fridrich & Clark Realty)

With five bedrooms and five full and two half baths on 1.6 acres, this Oak Hill home was on the market just over six months with an original list price of $1.695 million.

Kevin Lavender, a former Commissioner of Tennessee's Department of Financial Institutions in the Bredesen administration, is now senior vice president for corporate health care lending at Fifth Third Bank.


8. 1010 Greenwich Park, 37215
Buyers: William S. & Diane H. Keane

Sale price: $1.3 million

Builder/seller: Hannah Builders G.P.

Agent for both parties: Ellen Christianson (French Christianson Patterson)

This 6,200-square-foot spec home in the Green Hills development of Abbottsford went up for sale on July 30, 2007 at a price of $1.65 million. By the time of its most recent re-listing, the obviously motivated seller was offering "a trip for two to Costa Rica to the agent who brings an acceptable offer."

The partners of Hannah Builders are local real estate developer Chester H. Hannah and G.H. "Chip" Christianson, owner of J. Barleycorn's Wine & Spirits in Nashville.

Dr. William Keane is a Nashville radiologist.


9. 4008 Dorcas Drive, 37215
Buyers: Damon W. & Kimberly L. Drake

Sale price: $1.25 million

Seller: George C. deZevallos

Seller's agent: Laura Baugh (Worth Properties)

Buyers' agent: Brandon Childs (Crye-Leike)

If this address looks familiar, you may recall seeing it in the September 2008 edition of this column. George deZevallos, owner of printing firm Buford Lewis Co., bought the house at a foreclosure sale for $985,000.

Damon Drake is vice president for sales with Houston-based building materials maker United Structures of America Inc.


10. 5899 Willshire Drive, 37215
Buyers: Brian Jason Ehrig and Sheetal Modi Ehrig

Sale price: $1.23 million

Builder/seller: Bob Haley

Seller's agent: Tom Patterson (French Christianson Patterson)

Buyers' agent: Lydia Armistead (Freeman-Webb)

Brian Ehrig has the distinction of being the first known Headline Homer with a Twitter account (twitter.com/behrig14). He describes himself there as a "triathlete, father and husband, [and] management consultant for retailers" with a home base of Atlanta.

Send your tips about Nashville-area home activity to tom.wood@nashvillepost.com.

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