Originally posted by: V.L. Hendrickson for Mansion Global on
A 43-acre South Carolina estate with a more than 12,000-square-foot main house sold last week for nearly $9 million.
The custom-built estate, named Belle Terre, in Simpsonville, South Carolina, went into contract in April after about two years on the market, according to public record. It closed on Friday.
“Belle Terre sold to a local, very successful businessman,” listing agent Joan Herlong of Joan Herlong & Associates at Sotheby’s International Realty said in an email. “He and his wife enjoy quite a large, extended family. This will be a legacy property for them for generations to come, the ideal family retreat.”
She declined to further identify him, and records of the sale have not yet been made public.
Belle Terre was first listed for $10.75 million in April 2020, Mansion Global previously reported. It closed at about 16% less, but is still by far the most expensive residential property sold in the Upstate region of the state, according to Zillow listings. Simpsonsville is about 94 miles northwest of the state capital, Columbia.
The sellers, Lynn and Mike McBride, who work in health care, bought the property in 2013 for $4.7 million, according to records with PropertyShark.
“There was nothing here but two mature trees, crabgrass and mud,” Ms. Herlong told Mansion Global when the property was listed. “But you’d never know it’s only five years old because the plantings are mature and the landscaping is in scale with the house.”
The property has more than 30,000 square feet of livable space, including the six-bedroom, 11-bathroom main house and two cottages. There’s also a gunite pool, a spa, two fire pits, two covered verandas and a pool house with a full kitchen, laundry and bathroom. The house has a wine cellar and a paneled library.
The grounds feature a 2-acre stocked pond, a vineyard, a greenhouse and a tree house. There’s also a 10-car attached garage and a barn that could be used as an office or additional garage space.