Who Pays $1 Million for a Home?

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Jun. 23, 2008 12:00 am  

Sam and Sara Larimore discovered their $1.4 million "wow house" in west Little Rock's Chenal Circle neighborhood.

Sara Larimore had been searching 10 years before she found her dream home.

"We call it our wow house," Larimore said. "It has a great room with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooks the lake at Chenal Country Club at the 18th fairway."

The backyard of the $1.4 million home in west Little Rock's Chenal Circle neighborhood features a swimming pool with a waterfall. Inside, the 5,684-SF home has a stone fireplace and spiral staircase.

Sara Larimore also said she and her husband, Sam, moved to Little Rock to be closer to their daughter.

Sam Larimore owned Larimore Crop Supply Inc. in Blytheville and retired in 1994.

The Larimores' house was one of 23 in Pulaski County that sold for $1 million or more in 2007. The number of $1 million-plus homes sold in Pulaski County has declined every year since 2004, when 29 were sold.

The most expensive home sold in the county last year went for $2.4 million, to Beck Investments LLC, led by Barry Beck, Jason Beck and Monica B. Glover. The 5,200-SF home is on a nearly 80-acre spread in west Little Rock.

The largest of the seven-figure homes came in at 9,089 SF. Donald and Melba Marshall bought that home in west Little Rock's Valley Falls Estates neighborhood from Steve and Missy Wortman in December.

A Peek Inside

For those who have wondered who these top-dollar homeowners are, Arkansas Business has attempted to provide a brief description of each of the homes listed and of the owners, using interviews and public records.

Here's what we found:

Barry Beck said he was attracted by the quality of the four-bedroom, four-and-half bathroom home on Col. Glenn Road that he bought in March 2007.



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