An offer is being negotiated for Rivers Bend, a 24-acre equestrian estate along the James River in Goochland County.

Rivers Bend, a 24-acre equestrian estate along the James River in Goochland County, was supposed to be sold at auction this past Saturday.

But the auction never happened.

A registered bidder stepped forward before the 11 a.m. onsite auction sale and the sellers chose to negotiate directly with the buyer, according to Platinum Luxury Auctions, a Miami-based firm that was to handle the auction.

“The parties are still currently in negotiations,” said David Enriquez, vice president of operations for the auction firm. “However, due to the pre-auction offer, Platinum cannot disclose how many registered bidders were confirmed.”

The property — at 575 Lee Road in Crozier — previously was on the market for $3.95 million.

Pre-auction sales occur about 15 to 20 percent of the time, Enriquez said. It takes about 30 days for the sale price to be released.

Trayor Lesnock, president of the auction company, said about 35 groups of people looked at the property after it became available for showings on Nov. 2. He said he did not know how many people would register as bidders.

The owners, Rob and Lynda Bloch, are selling the property because they want to find property with more acreage better suited for their rescue horses, Lesnock said.

The nearly 7,000-square-foot brick and copper-roofed house was built in 1992 and features architecture influenced by Palladian and Lowland styles. The grounds overlook horse paddocks with board fencing, a horse shelter, gardens and a fountain. The property has a heated saltwater pool.

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