Knoxville mansion, Villa Collina, ready to be demolished following auction
Knoxville’s Largest and Strangest Residence will be demolished in April.
Sharon Bailey, a broker and representative of the owners of Villa Collina, said the property will be divided into three lots for three houses.
The public had one last chance to take a peek inside the sprawling mansion at an auction on December 16.
“The auctions have exceeded expectations,” Bailey, owner of Realty Executives Associates’ Ebenezer office, told Knox News. “We were somewhat shocked at the demand for a lot of these products. Buying panels, dressers and lighting systems – it was quite shocking but very interesting.
“I think it was a win-win. Forty thousand square feet is big enough for any family.”
The Italian-style mansion is made up of 86 rooms, including eight bedrooms, a three-story library, a home theater, and a $ 5 million master suite, according to the website of Villa Collina.
An earlier auction, held online on December 4, featured a wide variety of luxury items, from a secret mechanical office to Sherle Wagner bathroom accessories.
Villa Collina:Secret office and slot machine among the items auctioned before demotion
Here is an overview of the journey of Villa Collina, from construction to demolition in progress.
A brief timeline leading up to demolition
1990s and 2000s: Villa Collina is being built in stages at 5628 Lyons View Pike by Mike and Deane Conley. The Conleys were previously owned by heavy equipment company Regal Corp.
2011: Scott Boruff buys the property and its furnishings for $ 9.5 million. Boruff is the former CEO of Miller Energy Resources.
2016: Eric Barton buys the property for $ 6.375 million at auction. Barton later invested around $ 3.1 million in the property, including new LED lights, HVAC systems, water heater timers and windows with automatic shades.
November 2021: Former Mayor of Knoxville Victor ashe writes in his Knox News column that the three lots will house the chairman of the board of directors of UT, John Compton, Jimmy and Dee Haslam, and David and Annie Colquitt.
December 2021: Two auctions take place sell furniture and fittings throughout the mansion and property.
January 2022: The property’s water and electricity will be shut off by the end of the month before the auctioned items are removed, Bailey told Knox News.
April 2022: The authorized demolition is expected to take place, Bailey said.