We are thrilled for our seller clients, and the new owners of Stonyhurst, the magnificent 1890 manor house centered on 95 rolling acres, just one mile outside of the Town of Middleburg, on meandering Foxcroft Road, which closed today at $4,300,000
The property was painstakingly restored between 2000 and 2003 through the engagement of Donald Lococo, Architect (Washington D.C.) and Rosemary Howe Interiors. Placing it into conservation easement at that time has ensured that Stonyhurst will forever be protected from the ravages of over development. Wishing the incoming stewards a wonderful life in this place of peace and tranquility.
Just 90 minutes drive west of the nation’s capital, within the shadow of Massanutten Mountain in the George Washington National Forest sits the historic Abraham Beydler House [pron bye-dler], built circa 1790, and on the National Register of Historic Places. The original manor house is of the Federal architectural style, constructed of stone and brick made on the property, incorporating foundations built from stacked fieldstones of limestone and slate.
The manor house, and related structures, have become known as Valhalla Farm, consisting of the original house plus ‘ell’addition dating to the mid 1800’s, a smokehouse and artists studio . The interior of the main house retains original horsehair plaster walls, while the floors are heart-of-pine planks with sawdust caulking between the planks. All of the doors are of six-panel design, consisting of two-inch thick planks, with many of the doors still with their original hardware. A boxed staircase connects the first-floor dining room with the upstairs.
The parlor includes a number of important ornamental features including cupboards with carvings reputedly crafted by Hessian soldiers who had remained in Virginia following the Revolutionary War.
Further rooms include four bedrooms; a formal dining room; an entry hall/library; an additional summer kitchen in the smokehouse; an enclosed porch; a sleeping porch; three basement rooms including an original egg room which retains wall markings depicting egg count.
The property lies on 9.3 acres with open fields stretching south from the house to the banks of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. There is an in-ground pool with fencing.
Valhalla Farm represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire an historic manor house, with copious fascinating features in an area of great beauty and tranquility - a tranquil yet easy to reach getaway from city life.
We are delighted to bring Monte Subasio to the luxury real estate market, a sophisticated estate on 23 lush acres in beautiful Bluemont, Virginia. This quite exceptional property was built to exacting standards in 2008, for an owner with an extreme eye for detail and engineering excellence.
Designed in the Georgian Revival architectural style, and built using steel I-beams and support trusses throughout, the 11,700 finished square feet main house features five bedrooms, including an expansive master bedroom wing on the main level; five full bathrooms and four half bathrooms; a formal dining room and living room; a family room and an adjoining library, each overlooking the back garden and pond; a large chefs entertaining kitchen with professional grade appliances and breakfast area; a large laundry room; a fully finished lower level with a stone surround fireplace, bar, wine cellar, custom ice cream parlor and meditation room; a 14’ x 40’ indoor salt water lap pool with French doors overlooking the back garden...continued below
A four-car attached garage with 9’ wide doors and a full length unfinished second floor is accessed via a short covered breezeway, while a second, three-car detached garage with finished second level is a short walk away. The three-stall barn with heated tack room is finished to the same high standards of quality as are seen in the main house, and includes a finished second level. The grounds feature a ‘secret garden’ as well as manicured topiaries and hedges, all culminating with views of a serene pond - $2,995,000
This awful coronavirus may define our time. But it shouldn't; it should make us stronger, kinder and smarter, and hopefully it will. We have been seeing examples of that everywhere, from communities supporting the most vulnerable to individual examples of paying it forward.
The global human toll has been horrible - think of every person who has succumbed and how many are directly affected by that one loss. Then factor that by the current estimate of well over 300,000 lost and the picture is terrible.
Follow that with the effects of the economic tsunami, job losses, businesses lost, the inability of so many to provide the basic necessities, the effect on mental health, the list goes on.
Another major socio economic consequence is beginning to play out; that more and more city dwellers are making, or considering making a move to less densely populated areas, namely suburban communities and the rural countryside, which they see as safer for them and their families.
There are so many benefits to making the switch from living in the smoke, as we called it growing up in central London in the 1970's. Obviously benefit number one is the ability to move around without the constant proximity to other people which one experiences in cities, thereby reducing the risk of catching this, or any other virus. But raising a family with room to move around is healthy in other ways: The mental, physical and social advantages to children and adults is immeasurable. I remember when, as a kid in London literally kicking a football (aka soccer ball) around in the street, dodging cars and trucks, my brother was hit by a speeding car. Fortunately there was no lasting injury, but it could have been far worse.
According to new data from Harris poll described recently in USA Today, almost a third of Americans are considering a move to a less densely populated area, "foreshadowing a shift that would have a major impact on residential real estate sales and home prices".
Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, predicts that “People will be much more cautious about living in high-density areas with so many people nearby”.
Business Insider writes that millenials are less willing now to gamble on urban real estate, and now that we are seeing a major shift to working from home, as long as there's a good internet connection, the need to be physically close to 'the office' is fast becoming less of a priority than pre-COVID.
Politico warns that "It’s now obvious, if it weren’t before, that staying in big cities can be bad for your health". With 60% of the world's population living in cities, that makes for an alarming potential number of people who may make the transition away from urban areas.
All in all, it seems clear that we may be in for a rush, once things open up, to find properties with ample space for urbanites to find their new Zen. Yet history is filled with events which forced populations to leave major conurbations only to see the balance restored in the years and decades that followed. It seems to me that the ebb and flow will likely continue to ensure that ultimately, the human spirit will endure, and mankind will live where it wants to.
Peter writes for his local magazine, Country Zest & Style, as its Wine Editor. He also enjoys writing blogs on interesting and pertinent real estate matters, so please follow!