“Baby Biltmore’ mansion in Charlotte sells for $6.2 million

“Baby Biltmore’ mansion in Charlotte sells for $6.2 million

A mansion in the exclusive, gated neighborhood of Seven Eagles in south Charlotte recently sold for $6.2 million.

That French Chateauesque-style home, dubbed in its listing as the “Baby Biltmore” for its resemblance to the historic Biltmore estate in Asheville, sold on Feb. 9. At nearly 13,000 square feet, it houses seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms and three half-bathrooms, with additional features such as a dual staircase in the foyer, a theater room and wet bar, and a full gym.

The 1.1-acre property, on the 8400 block of Eagle Glen, includes a pool and cabana that overlook the seventh tee of the Quail Hollow Club golf course. The 1.1-acre property includes a pool and cabana that overlook the seventh tee of the Quail Hollow Club golf course. It is one of the most expensive residential sale in in Mecklenburg Coun. Only a handful of home sales have eclipsed it, including the $9.2 million combined sale of an Eastover property last May, the $7 million sale of a lakefront estate in Cornelius last November, the $6.6 million sale of a Cornelius mansion in December 2020 and the $6.25 million sale of yet another Cornelius residence fronting Lake Norman last June.

The Seven Eagles mansion was sold by the widow of Steve Berrard , the former CEO of Blockbuster and Swisher Hygiene and the co-founder of AutoNation, who died unexpectedly last June, according to his obituary. The couple bought the home — built in 1996 — for $3.5 million in late 2003, according to county real estate records.

It appears the new owner is also a well-known name in Charlotte’s business community. Listed as the buyer is Foxcroft Equity LLC, an entity tied in public records to David B. Smith , CEO of Sonic Automotive. The home at Eagle Glen Way sits on a 1.08-acre lot. Bill Wagenseller , a broker with eXp Realty, had the listing but refused to identify the buyer. He did say the home garnered a lot of interest, adding that the Charlotte area has a shortage of luxury homes in gated communities.

Wagenseller first put the property up as “coming soon,” as it wasn’t market-ready, and secured an offer, he said. He showed the home five times after it hit the market in early December at nearly $6.5 million, but it quickly went under contract with the original offer.

“We had two parties who would have put an offer in if they had more than seven hours to make their decision,” he said.

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