Inside the million-dollar Goochland mansion that sold in one day

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-11 09:47:30-04

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. –  Sometimes it takes months – or even years – to sell $1 million-plus mansions. Sometimes it takes one day.

For his 8,000-square-foot listing in Goochland, Re/Max Commonwealth agent Jim Brooks found a buyer and a full-price offer on the first day the property was on the market.

The home — at 455 Rivergate Drive in the gated Rivergate neighborhood — sold June 2 for $1.89 million. It was the highest-priced residential sale in the Richmond market last month, according to the Central Virginia Regional Multiple Listing Service (CVRMLS).

The home formerly belonged to William and Marlene Rivas. (PHOTO:

The home formerly belonged to William and Marlene Rivas. (PHOTO:

“I’d love to say ‘Oh, I sell all my houses on the first day,’ but if I did, I’d probably be underpricing it,” Brooks said. “If you get lucky, having priced it right and making it perfect, it will sell sooner rather than later, but seldom do I get my sellers to make it perfect. And then it might take six months.”

The seller of the 4-acre property was Marlene Rivas, widow of long-time Circuit City executive William Rivas.

Brooks would not identify the buyer, citing a confidentiality agreement, and county records do not yet reflect the change in ownership. The buyer’s agent, Long & Foster Realtor Bob Collins, declined to comment.

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