Who Pays $1 Million for a Home?

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Apr. 18, 2011 12:00 am  

Tracy and Pete Yuan bought one of the 22 Pulaski County homes that sold for more than $1 million in 2010.


A Look Inside

For those who have wondered who owns these exclusive homes, Arkansas Business has attempted to provide a brief description of each of the homes and of the owners, using interviews and public records.

Here's what we found:

  • The most famous buyer is Cliff Lee, a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. After pitching two games for the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, Lee, 32, signed a guaranteed five-year, $120 million contract with the Phillies. In November, Lee and his wife, Kristen, gave $1 million to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock in honor of their son, Jaxon, who was treated for cancer at the hospital as an infant.

The Lees had been house hunting in Little Rock when they stumbled upon a 5,729-SF home in Little Rock's Prospect Terrace neighborhood.

They rang the doorbell and made the owners, Lee and Robin Brown, an unsolicited offer for the home that includes six lots. The Browns agreed to sell.

In March 2010, the Jaxon Maci Revocable Trust, named for the Lees' children, bought the home for $2.85 million, the most expensive home purchased in Pulaski County last year.

  • Rodney Breuer said he bought his home in the Waterview Estates neighborhood because of its location in Roland.

He said he had the home custom-built by Carl Gray Henson Inc. of Little Rock. He declined to release details about the 4,200-SF home, which he and his wife, Donna, bought on Nov. 30, for $1.01 million. The home sits on 3.1 acres.

Rodney Breuer is a civil engineer and principal at ECCI in Little Rock, which provides engineering, environmental and industrial engineering services.

  • Deena Burnett-Bailey said she liked the view of the Arkansas River from her new home on Isbell Lane. On Sept. 1, the Deena L. Burnett Revocable Trust bought the $1.2 million, 4,960-SF house from Conkin Enterprises Inc., led by Jeanette Flemister. The Flemister family bought the 1.8-acre location for $145,000 in November 2001.

Burnett-Bailey is the widow of Tom Burnett, a passenger on the hijacked United Flight 93 on 9-11. Burnett was one the passengers who tried to overpower the terrorists and was killed when the plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field.

Deena Burnett is a volunteer and speaker. She serves on the boards of the Tom Burnett Family Foundation and is directing the Angels of Hope mentoring program for the 20th Century Club's Lodge. She also co-wrote the book "Fighting Back: Living Life Beyond Ourselves."

  • In January, Melissa and Dr. Tom Meziere spent $1.4 million on their 6,947-SF home in the Bretagne Circle neighborhood of west Little Rock's Chenal Valley development. The couple bought the home from Souheil and Janet Mousa. The home was linked with an October 2006 mortgage of $500,000. The Mousas bought the home in August 2001 for $232,000.

Dr. Meziere graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1984 and specializes in gastroenterology. He practices at Gastroenterology Associates PA in Little Rock. 



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