Villa Collina

Concierge Auctions And Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty Generate A Contract For Villa Collina Prior To Auction Date: 36,000-square-foot Residence in Knoxville, Tennessee Under Contract Two Weeks Before Auction

Knoxville, Tennessee – May 16, 2011 – Villa Collina, a stunning, 36,000-square-foot estate modeled after an Italian villa with breathtaking views of the Tennessee River, has gone under contract prior to the May 26th auction date, Concierge Auctions has announced. The sale was conducted in cooperation with listing agent Debbie Elliott-Sexton of Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty.

“The number of high-caliber prospects Concierge Auctions produced was impressive. In only three weeks they attracted national attention from various publications including the Wall Street Journal, and in turn more interested buyers were identified than in the prior years the property was on and off the market,” Elliott-Sexton stated. “We’re thrilled for the new owner of Villa Collina and now look forward to our next assignment with Concierge Auctions – the Farm at Tralee, selling at auction next month.”

Located at 5628 Lyons View Pike, Villa Collina is situated on 10.63 acres of meticulously manicured landscaping on one of the highest hills of historic Lyons View. The property boasts breathtaking views of the Tennessee River and Great Smoky Mountains, which render complete, scenic privacy.

“The auction process produced an urgency that could not be created through traditional advertising efforts alone,” stated the seller, Deane Conley. “It is bittersweet to leave Villa Collina, but I am pleased to have found a buyer who will enjoy the property with his family for years to come. Many thanks to Debbie Elliott-Sexton and Concierge Auctions for helping me accomplish my goals.”

Concierge Auctions’ global exposure campaign generated 29 qualified buyer prospects and 1,641 visits to the auction website from 47 US states and 16 international countries – all in less than three weeks.

“This is an exciting day for Concierge Auctions and is particularly impressive at this ultra-luxury price point.” stated Laura Brady, Vice President of Marketing for Concierge Auctions. “Our auctions are unmistakable opportunities, as they present the most motivated, high-end sellers nationwide. The auction deadline means that serious buyers have to step forward if they are interested in the property. It is a powerful dynamic. In some cases, such as Villa Collina a buyer is so interested in owning the house, they make an acceptable offer prior to the auction.”

Continuing its success in Tennessee, on June 16th, Concierge Auctions will sell the extravagant Crantzdorf Castle in Johnson City at absolute auction, to the highest bidder regardless of price. The 20,000-square-foot custom castle is situated on 13 lake front acres. Call 800-436-0346 or visit for more information. In addition, on June 23th, the firm will sell The Farm at Tralee in Strawberry Plains at absolute auction, subject to bank credit bid. The property contains 190 acres of rolling Tennessee Hills, two homes, 33 home sites, a gazebo, stocked pond and equestrian facilities and will be offered in a variety of different parcel options. Call 877-217-2001 or visit for more information.

About the Villa

Situated on 12 acres of meticulously manicured landscaping on one of the highest hills of historic Lyons View, and fully enclosed by a private gate and state-of-the-art security system, Villa Collina boasts breathtaking views of the Tennessee River and Great Smoky Mountains, rendering complete, scenic privacy. Elegantly designed and richly appointed in the Italianate tradition, the 36,720-square-foot estate features the finest adornments. Totaling 50 rooms, Villa Collina fosters the ultimate in entertaining with a host of unique amenities, including a 2,600-square-foot wine cellar with grotto and cantina, two heated pools — one indoor and one outdoor — sauna, dance floor, exercise room, tri-level library, home theatre, two studies, 11 fireplaces, elevator that services all three floors, secluded guest suite, staff quarters and seven-car garage, including one suitable for a limousine.

Impeccable Design

Exquisitely-crafted, Villa Collina was designed by Architect Karengaye Johnson, who oversaw the estate’s five years of construction ensuring that no detail was overlooked. The estate totals 50 rooms, with eight bedrooms, 12 full and five half bathrooms, and a host of unique amenities including a 2,600-square-foot wine cellar with grotto and cantina, two heated pools — one indoor and one outdoor, sauna, dance floor, exercise room, tri-level library, home theatre, two studies, 11 gas log fireplaces, elevator that services all three floors, secluded guest suite, staff quarters, a six-car garage and a separate one-car garage suitable for a limousine.

Outdoors, amidst its lush gardens and grounds, Villa Collina also features three fishponds, six fountains and a three-pole flag court. The entire estate has a privacy fence surrounding it and a state-of-the-art security system to monitor any activity at the controlled gated entrance and throughout the premises. 

The finest materials adorn this palatial home including Northern Italian imported terracotta tiles; Swarovski crystal, Venetian and antique chandeliers; and Honduran mahogany. Turkish Afyon sugar marble is found throughout, comprising the floors and the solid columns of the interior as well as the exterior terrace. An entire mine of sugar marble was depleted for the home’s construction. 

Luxuriously Crafted 
Exquisite mosaics throughout the house were imported from Rivena, Italy, and stained glass pieces from Turkey. The chandeliers in the entryway and formal dining room are made with Swarovski crystals. The chandelier in the family dining room is Venetian, and the rest of the chandeliers in the house are antiques. Top-of-the-line finishes include Grohe showerheads, Sherle Wagner faucets and interior doorknobs and Miele appliances.

The carpeting, drapery and blinds exquisitely parallel the fabric upholstered interior walls, which were also uniquely made for the estate. Special attention to detail was paid to the home’s tray, vaulted and coffered ceilings — the coffered ceiling in the entry is a one-of-a-kind, hand painted by an artist from Italy, and the coffered ceiling in the master office was intricately crafted from Hondurus mahogany. 

Master Oasis
The ultimate luxury retreat, the master wing is one of the crown jewels of Villa Collina. Transcend to a world all your own while relaxing in the wing’s private sitting area or balcony with breathtaking lake views, or close the electronic cloth blinds and find quiet reflection in the meditation room. The wing also includes a private studio/hobby area and an office/study with Honduras mahogany and a coffered ceiling. Just down the corridor from the master office is a staff office.

Complete with an oversized jetted tub, heated floor and towel racks, dual showers with 10 shower heads, a steam shower and his and her double marble vanities, the master bathroom is an oasis. Also featured are spacious his and her closets with dressing area, a purse closet, two shoe closets, three industrial-sized moving clothing racks, a private powder room and a marble bidet.

Guest Retreat 
The estate’s individually designed guest bedrooms offer unique experiences, each with en-suite bathrooms and top-of-the-line amenities. The Gold Room, with its own private sitting area and balcony overlooking Lake Loudon, the outdoor heated infinity pool and hot tub, features simply stunning views. Its bathroom boasts a jetted tub with separate shower, dual his and her sinks and a private commode and bidet.

On the west wing of the estate, the Green Room features a fireplace and unique paneled walls. The bathroom has an oversized jetted bathtub with large shower and double his and hers vanities.  Adjacent and connected via a bathroom door, the Children’s Room features marble flooring, built-in bunk and an adjoining bed, ski lights and whimsical flare — hand-painted Disney characters dance on the walls and ceiling. Built-in cabinetry provides plenty of space for storage and toys.

Ideal for extended stay guests, the Island Suite has a private living area with a balcony, bathroom and spacious sleeping area. On the east end of the property and beneath the Island Suite is a second separate suite, the West Indies Suite, which includes a bedroom, a private bathroom, a living area with a bar, an office area and a garage.

Entertaining Areas
The gourmet kitchen is ideal for entertaining and features top-of-the-line appliances and amenities that are sure to please the most discerning of chefs and food enthusiasts alike. A fusion of beauty and functionality, the kitchen is poised for large-scale dinners and includes two sub-zero refrigerators, five ovens and Meile appliances.

Formal and family dining rooms await for gracious entertaining. Comfortable to seat a large number of guests for any occasion, the formal dining area is elegant and ornate. More intimate family dinners are perfect for the family dining room, which is connected to the kitchen via the family butler’s pantry, complete with views of Lake Loudon. Entertaining is eased with two butler’s pantries.

An exquisite place to relax and unwind, the two-floor Super Room features a media area and is connected to the bottom floor of the three-floor Library. Stunning Honduras mahogany built-in bookshelves provide ample space for books galore, and its fireplace is a perfect spot to cozy up to while reading. Each level offers spectacular Lake views.

Comprised of three levels, the spa area includes the Caribbean Room, an exercise room and the pool area, as well as a dance floor, spacious gathering area, multiple seating areas, a sunken bar and his and her bathrooms with shower areas. A heated indoor lap pool, hot tub and sauna await after working out in the exercise room.

The wine cellar boasts 2,600 square feet with extensive space for wine storage in addition to gathering, wine tasting and dining areas.

About Knoxville, TN
Founded in 1786 and now Tennessee’s third largest city behind Memphis and Nashville, Knoxville offers the perfect mix of small town charm and big city fun. Surrounded by unsurpassed natural beauty and filled with great places to go — from the world-renowned Knoxville Zoo, exhibiting more than 230 species of animals, to the Three Rivers Rambler train and the Volunteer Princess Yacht — fun for everyone is always right around the corner.

About the Area

Knoxville, TN

A visit to Knoxville puts you right in the middle of some of the most beautiful and distinct land in the nation. The city rests on the banks of the Tennessee River and in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The beauty and natural resources surrounding Knoxville mean limitless opportunities for fun and adventure. Not only is our land and water beautiful, but you can also enjoy them year-round as Knoxville is in a temperate climate zone. The summers are green and gentle, and the fall is magnificent as the hills light up in brilliant autumn hues. Winters are brief, and spring arrives early with dogwoods, azaleas and beautiful flowers.

Knoxville has an array of fun, educational, cultural and musical festivals throughout the year from Italian Street Fairs to Civil War reenactments. Enjoy the spring’s Dogwood Arts Festival, the Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival and the Sundown in the City concert series. Find something for every member of the family at the fall’s Tennessee Valley Fair or watch the nation’s largest Labor Day weekend fireworks display at Boomsday. 

The town also benefits from the energy, ideas and optimism instilled by the University of Tennessee. Founded in 1794 and now with over 27,000 students, UT is a strong thread in the fabric of the Knoxville community. Knoxville is a great place for the golfer to perfect his or her game, with 13 courses – including the prestigious Cherokee Country Club, just down the street from Villa Collina – and another 26 less than an hour away. Enjoy a round while experiencing the beauty of the hills, lakes and rivers of East Tennessee. Knoxville’s mild climate means you can play golf year-round.

The thriving music entertainment scene in Knoxville encompasses everything from blues to jazz, reggae to rock, classical to country, by many of the world’s most respected performers. There’s live music on tap every night at the many nightclubs in the historic Old City and Market Square areas, and live music every weekday at One Vision Plaza, Knoxville’s downtown visitor center. Knoxville’s free outdoor concerts and movies keep Market Square hopping in spring, summer and fall, with an eclectic mix of national and regional acts and classic family films. Also, be sure to check out the world-class live entertainment offered at the beautifully restored Tennessee Theatre.  Excerpts from

Nashville, TN

Nashville, one of the nation’s most vibrant entertainment cities, is a mere three-hour drive from Villa Collina. Explore the country roots of “Music City” with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running live radio show, visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, or venture downtown for a heel-kicking good time in any one of dozens of live music venues.

Nashville has several arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Tennessee State Museum, Fisk University’s Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries, Vanderbilt University’s Fine Art Gallery and Sarratt Gallery, and the Parthenon. The Nashville Zoo is one of the area’s newer attractions. The city is often labeled the “Athens of the South” due to its many colleges and universities, including the nationally acclaimed Vanderbilt University, which was founded in 1873.

Civil War history is important to Nashville and the city’s tourism industry. Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River can be seen, along with several antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton plantation in Franklin and Belmont Mansion.


This property is listed for sale by Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty (00259402) – 859 Ebenezer Rd­, Knoxville,­ TN 37923­ (865) 357-3232. Concierge Auctions, LLC is the provider of auction marketing services and is a licensed Tennessee auction firm (5704) and brokerage firm (261683) – Broker Chad Aron Roffers (323135) – 777 S Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 (888) 966-4759. The services referred to herein are not available to residents of any state where prohibited by applicable state law. Concierge Auctions LLC, its agents and affiliates, broker partners, Auctioneer, and the Sellers do not warrant or guaranty the accuracy or completeness of any information and shall have no liability for errors or omissions or inaccuracies under any circumstances in this or any other property listings or advertising, promotional or publicity statements and materials. This is not meant as a solicitation for listings. Brokers are fully protected and encouraged to participate. See Auction Terms and Conditions for full details. © 2008 Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. All Rights Reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Each Sotheby’s International Realty office is independently owned and operated. Neither Sotheby’s, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC nor any of their affiliated companies is providing any product or service in connection with this auction event.