A Virginia football standout-turned-real-estate-developer marked another win last month with his CCV-area residence coming in as the region’s priciest home sale in July.
Aaron Brooks, the former UVA and New Orleans Saints quarterback, sold his 13,700-square-foot home at 1005 Middle Quarter Court, beside the Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course, with a $1.68 million sale July 20.
Gwen McCorvey of Chesterfield-based Walker McCorvey Realty had the listing, which hit the market at $2 million last September.
Henrico County property records list the buyers as James Winston Jr. and Candice Winston. They were represented by Ken Chin with Rashkind Saunders & Co.
Records show that Aaron and Tisa Brooks paid $1.79 million for the property in 2006, purchasing it from builder Steve Harmon Construction Co. The latest county assessment valued the 2.3-acre property at $2.21 million.
McCorvey said the Brookses are remaining in the Richmond area.
After his pro football career that also included stints with the Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders, Aaron Brooks has since been involved in real estate development, including projects in his hometown of Newport News. In recent years, he partnered with Virginia Beach-based Armada Hoffler on a 95,000-square-foot building in Brooks Crossing, a mixed-use development that bears his name.
Golf simulator, indoor pool
Totaling five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and three half baths, the Georgian-style brick colonial spans 13 rooms over three levels, with first- and second-floor master suites. A two-sided fireplace in the study is one of four fireplaces in the house.
A walk-out rec room on the lower level spans 5,700 square feet and includes a bar, home theater, exercise room, golf simulator and indoor pool.
McCorvey said she had multiple showings before the listing went under contract in late May. She said interest in the house remained steady despite the coronavirus pandemic and the prospect of showing a house amid social-distancing guidelines.
“I probably showed that house more than I showed any other listing that I had,” McCorvey said. “I basically opened it up for the agent and allowed them to go in. Everybody was masked.
“And it’s a 13,000-square-foot house, so you’ve got a lot of space,” she said. “Just a handful of people can social distance very easily in 13,000 square feet.”
Any buyers who missed out on the Brookses’ house have at least one other chance to purchase a former pro footballer’s local home.
In Chester, former Packers fullback William Henderson is selling his waterfront home at 13741 Allied Road, likewise with an asking price of $2 million. EXP Realty’s Michael Conway has that listing, which he said totals 8,700 square feet of finished living space on 22 acres fronting the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers.
Brooks isn’t the first former NFL player whose house has led monthly home sales in the area. In 2016, former Denver Broncos linebacker Rafe Wilkinson snagged two of September’s top three sales with his local move. That same year, a former training camp physician for the Washington Redskins listed his Goochland home for $2.39 million. It sold the following year for $1.55 million.
The Brooks house is the latest million-dollar sale for the Middle Quarter neighborhood off South Gaskins Road. A few doors away, the 7,100-square-foot house at 216 Middle Quarter Lane sold for $1.82 million in 2017.
Next door to 1005, a 7,000-square-foot house at 1004 Middle Quarter Court returned to the market in recent days with a $1.49 million price tag. The house has been on and off the market since 2016, when it was initially listed at $1.69 million.
Rounding out the top five home sales for July were, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service:
3812 Dover Road, Windsor Farms, Richmond – $1.65 million. Listing agent: Margaret Wade, Long & Foster; buyer’s agent: Mary Soroka, EXP.
13616 Cotton Patch Court (under construction), Foxhall, Henrico – $1.35 million. Listing agent: Beth Lane, Metropolitan Real Estate; buyer’s agent: Amy Pryor, Long & Foster.
1635 Monument Ave., Richmond – $1.258 million. Listing agent: Linda Jones, Napier Realtors ERA; buyer’s agent: Margaret Wade, Long & Foster.
5 Spicer Road, CCV Westhampton area, Richmond – $1.25 million. Listing agent: Susan Benson, The Steele Group SIR; buyer’s agent: Sally Hawthorne, Joyner Fine Properties.