Former CEO of Sonic, Shoney’s sells Belle Meade mansion for $11 million

Former CEO of Sonic, Shoney’s sells Belle Meade mansion for $11 million

After first being listed in 2016, a 22,000-square-foot mansion in Bell Meade has sold for $11 million.

Owners C. Stephen Lynn, the former chairman and CEO of Nashville-based Shoney’s, and his wife Milah Lynn put their home at 530 Jackson Blvd. up for auction in May 2016 via Concierge Auctions, a New York-based company that sells luxury homes. The asking price at the time was $16.3 million. The property was withdrawn from the auction a month later, citing a lack of acceptable bids, according to The Tennessean .

The couple later listed the property through Nashville-based real estate agency French King Fine Properties. It was most recently listed in January 2021 with an asking price of $12.9 million, according to the Middle Tennessee Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

The Lynns bought the property in 1995 for $1 million, according to Davidson County records, and the home was built in 1998, according to an MLS listing. Davidson County records show the property was appraised at $9.2 million in 2017, and $11.9 million in 2021.

Memphis-based CTN Holdco LLC bought the property earlier this month.

The average cost of housing throughout Middle Tennessee has been climbing for some time. A recent report from Greater Nashville Realtors stated the median sales price of a single family home last month was $495,070, up from $415,000 in June 2021.

While $11 million is well above what the average buyer will pay for a home, it’s far from the most expensive home sale in recent history. The most expensive home sold in 2021 was $19 million for a property at 1710 Talbot Trail in Franklin , according to Nashville Business Journal research.

The five-acre estate, which the Lynns had nicknamed “The Last Dance,” features a three-story elliptical staircase, a gourmet kitchen, a tennis court, a heated pool and spa. The three-story mansion is “detailed with chevron-patterned hardwood floors, maple columns, French doors and multiple fireplaces,” a release about the auction said at the time.

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