c. 1750 Georgian – Westover, MD – $649,999

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Added to OHD on 4/12/18 - Last OHD Update: 4/12/18 - 50 Comments
7526 Old Westover Marion Rd, Westover, MD 21871

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Price

$649,999

Beds

8

Baths

3 full, 2 half

SqFt

6802

Acres

25.2

Kingston Hall is a historically and architecturally significant 18th-century Georgian manor house situated on 24 acres (10 farmed).Here is your chance to own a piece of American History!This is a truly one of a kind property,and was a former governor of Maryland's personal mansion.The current owner has made several hundred thousand dollars of upgrades like new, 4 zone HVAC, bathrooms, electrical upgrades, hotwater heaters, kitchen, room repainting, and many other upgrades to add modern comforts but still keep the historic charm and significance of this property.Set back a quarter mile from the main road on a driveway colonnaded by cedar trees,the main house is complemented by a guest house dating from the early 1800's, 2 barns, a smokehouse, and a rare conically roofed ice house.
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50 Comments on c. 1750 Georgian – Westover, MD – $649,999

  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8339 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The listing description came directly from the agents site but on Realtor.com, there’s a different one. I’m not sure it’s newer or still applies but… Edit: Confirmed by a reader, the furniture is included!

    “Kingston Hall is a historically and architecturally significant 18th-century Georgian manor house situated on 24 acres (10 farmed).Here is your chance to own a piece of American History!This is a truly one of a kind property,and was a former governor of Maryland’s personal mansion.The current owner has made several hundred thousand dollars of upgrades like new, 4 zone HVAC, bathrooms,bathrooms, electrical upgrades, hotwater heaters, kitchen, room repainting, and many other upgrades to add modern comforts but still keep the historic charm and significance of this property.Set back a quarter mile from the main road on a driveway colonnaded by cedar trees,the main house is complemented by a guest house dating from the early 1800’s, 2 barns, a smokehouse, and a rare conically roofed ice house (one of the few remaining in the state). The main house has large rooms, high ceilings, ample windows that afford stunning vistas for creek front viewing and an elegant balustrade stairway in the central hall. Adding distinction to the 12-room home are 7 fireplaces many graced by historical mantels and a parlor lined with the original floor to ceiling wood paneling. Enjoy hunting, fishing, kayaking, archery, bird watching – all Sold furnished with extremely unique antique furniture and a lot personal property such as a 2016 john deere x734 tractor with 5ft mower deck and a new hydrolic blade, lifted golf cart with new batteries, five kayaks, parlor grand piano, new front loading maytag washer and dryer, all furniture, rugs, artwork throughout main house and guest house (many antiques), and custom lighting and window treatments that all conveys with the property.”




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    • Dorothy says: 1 comments

      Where did you find this desrription? I looked in many places but could not locate it.




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      • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8339 comments
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        1901 Folk Victorian
        Chestatee, GA

        Looks like they removed it from the second Realtor.com description. So I’m taking that as it was old and the furniture was not included which is why I tried to stress it may be an old one. I only mentioned it to begin with because I knew someone would eventually.




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  2. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8339 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    To clarify what interiors go to what, the first set is of the guest home (the white one), then I had a few more property/land photos, then the next set of interiors are of the brick home.




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  3. TGrantTGrant says: 298 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Wow, I can’t decide which I rather live in, the guest house or the main house. They’re both so marvelous!




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  4. MW says: 617 comments

    Wow, ok. This house was built by (I think) and belonged to my ancestral family. I’ll try to dig up some stuff my Great Aunt sent me about it a couple years back and post it up. I grew up in the area not too far away, but have lived on the West Coast since leaving after college.

    Looks like somebody really fixed it up in the last few years. It was looking a bit long in the tooth the last time I checked on it. I live in CA now, but maybe time to dig deep buy it back into the family. I’m surprised how cheap it is. I didn’t know about the second guest house. All that for only $650K. It is not the most economical robust area, but still.

    I need to show this to my aunt. She is in her 90’s and still lives not too far away, would love seeing this. But she might already know about, she’s still pretty sharp. I’ll have to check.

    Hmmm……




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    • MW says: 617 comments

      In reading some of info I have on the house that I got from my Great Aunt, apparently the guest house is actually of relatively new construction, having been built in the 1990’s using historic material sourced from various structures around the Easternshore area.

      The main brick house was apparently built in the late 1770’s to early 1780’s. Not 1750 as indicated. That is according to a document I have that states that info came from tax records. The house back then had 1500 acres and then was down to 270 in the turn of this century. Now consists of 25 acres according to this listing.

      The main house apparently has a lot of original material still inside, and work done to fix and preserve it was done to a very high standard using local sourced historical materials and techniques as much as possible.

      The people who did a lot of preservation and repair work to the property possibly purchased it in the early 1970’s and owned it until at least 1999. I don’t know if the current owners are those same people or if it has changed hands since then.

      I will scan and send some historical info. I have on the house to Kelly. She can decide if it is appropriate and ok to share it here.

      The Zillow listing seems to show more photos, although a lot of them they have are duplicates.

      https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/7526-Old-Westover-Marion-Rd-Westover-MD-21871/37624925_zpid/

      From the MD Historical Trust website:
      https://mht.maryland.gov/secure/medusa/PDF/Somerset/S-63.pdf

      I found this interesting old photo on-line as well showing it had a full width double front porch at some point:
      http://collections.digitalmaryland.org/cdm/ref/collection/bama/id/38

      For the cooks on here:
      https://books.google.com/books?id=sL4ZAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA67&lpg=PA67&dq=colonial+homes+kingston+hall+maryland&source=bl&ots=cDY8vSzxdl&sig=d2-ZNIr5YpzFDGWE5TwPNqaOkUI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6heXqzbbaAhUjsFQKHQ63CeI4ChDoAQgmMAA#v=onepage&q=colonial%20homes%20kingston%20hall%20maryland&f=false

      Kelly, as usual, feel free to edit any of this that you feel necessary.




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      • JimHJimH says: 3395 comments
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        Thanks for digging up the more recent research. Many colonial era houses are dated by inference and supposition, and very old dates have to taken with a grain of salt. Still, “new” in 1783 is 235 years old!

        I love this place, both as historical artifact and as a country “seat” for a family to enjoy, maybe for a few generations. The 25 acres is (just) enough property for the old buildings to breath and feel like part of the old farm this once was. (Probably not included in the sale but the tool museum is very cool.)




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    • Ryan says: 587 comments

      Hadn’t read this through before I left a comment, but that it so cool! It’s nice to be connected to a place and its history, but knowing that it’s been preserved and being able to visit it, even through photos, must be a real treat for you. Well, if I win the lottery and buy this property (hey, it’s possible), you are welcome to visit😁




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  5. StevenF says: 411 comments
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    1969 Regency
    Nashville, TN

    All this for $650K? As Grant mentions, both homes are amazing. The owners have done a great job decorating and furnishing both places. You could live part of the year in one house and the other part of the year in the other!




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    • Ryan says: 587 comments

      We had neighbors who did something like that. They used to say they were going to spend the summer at their vacation home and I once watched them pack up the car and drive away, so… When I got older, though, I found out that they just moved about a mile down the hill to a little cinderblock house that sits between the railroad tracks and the river. They had a private dock at least.




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  6. Jennifer HT says: 803 comments
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    Anthem, AZ

    Swoooooon. I. Am. In. Love.




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  7. Ryan says: 587 comments

    Is this place real? Because it looks like some kind of wonderful dream. I’d be equally happy to live in either home I think.




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  8. Shannon says: 9 comments

    I am dying.




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  9. Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 411 comments
    1875 Limestone house
    Loire Valley, France,

    I’m in love, both houses are equally gorgeous! and that painted rug on the floor of the dining room is to die for!!




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  10. Tom Cahill says: 4 comments

    I have enjoyed hundreds of houses on this site over the past few year, BUT this one take the gold metal. Some kind os dream. Amazing




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  11. Looley says: 23 comments

    I can barely breathe…




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  12. Joseph Griffin says: 20 comments

    I see a beautiful historic house restored with knowledgeable love located in an evocative landscape and described in detail on a wonderful website. What a way to start my morning! Thank you, Kelly, MW and those departing owners who loved Kingston Hall so much.




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  13. SandyF says: 94 comments

    OH MY. This is beautiful. 100% move in and hang your clothes. wow.




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  14. Bethany otto says: 2141 comments
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    Escondido, CA

    Ditto what everyone else says, plus–bedrooms are rarely my favorite rooms in a house listing but these are exceptionally awesome!




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  15. Zann says: 335 comments

    Hang on…. I want to make sure I’m reading this correctly. For $650k you can have this glorious home. All of it. Everything you see pictured? It all conveys? As in you sign the paperwork, get the keys, and walk in to what you see pictured? I am gobsmacked.

    If someone had the money, THIS is how you start over. Pack what you want of your own belongings, sell the rest at a garage sale, get in your car, drive until you get to your new home, walk in, and…. done.

    Amazing. It would be weeks before I stopped looking at all the details of everything. I also don’t know which house I would live in. I suppose since it’s all yours you could do both. Sleep where ever you want. Drink coffee on the deck by the river every morning. Enjoy the good fortune life has given you. Rinse, repeat.




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    • Teri W says: 36 comments

      I agree with everything you said! I would spend my days inspecting every nook and cranny for new things. Plus I’d take a metal detector to the grounds and dig up some more things to add to the decor. I cannot believe all of this is under a million dollars. It’s a museum, you could live in a museum.




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  16. Sandy B says: 228 comments
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    2001 craftsman farmhouse
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    I love Maryland’s Eastern Shore…..Princess Anne is a very historic, lovely town. I could easily be Mistress of this manor. And like others…..can’t believe the price, although it looks like it was a million more previously. I love everything about it, and to think I could simply bring my favorite antiques and clothes and call it home…WOW!! And my antique caliper collection would have a fabulous home in that museum quality work shop!




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  17. Diane says: 7 comments

    Hate the overuse of this word, but can’t help it…. this property and both houses are AWESOME!!! As I was looking at the pictures I was thinking about what a great job they did with the furnishings and then I read they’re included…. AWESOME!!! I know nothing about the area, but it doesn’t matter, I’d never leave the property…..




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  18. RJM says: 7 comments

    Great old home & property. Love the main kitchen – especially the old stove. Love the kitchen in the guest house also. Glad they save the original cooking hearth.




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  19. zoomey says: 312 comments

    I’m sorry, but something is wrong here. This property is assessed at 320K. It was on the market for a year and a half at 1.5 million. They just put it on the market for $650K, which looks incredible for 2 completely renovated houses. It’s in a very remote area and nothing nearby has sold for anything close to this price. So maybe it’s a family situation that compels them to sell? Was there a crime committed here? Why are they including all the furniture and art? It’s a stunning property, really idyllic, and someone obviously spent a lot of time and money fixing it up, so what’s the story? Not in my price range, but it certainly looks like a lot of houses for the $$.




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    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8339 comments
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      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Nothing is wrong. At the $1.5 million price it came with 246 acres. They reduced it to 25 acres, of course it’s going to go down in price.




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      • Sandy B says: 228 comments
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        2001 craftsman farmhouse
        Bainbridge Island, WA

        I could manage 25 acres just fine. Any additional would be a burden of responsibility I don’t need.




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      • zoomey says: 312 comments

        Thanks for the explanation! I called the realtor because I was really curious about this property. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s true!




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      • Mary Charest says: 2 comments

        Is it possible to purchase the additional acreage? If I had the money this place would be sold (I’d buy it). My son lives in Baltimore and I should really live somewhere a little warmer then Hamilton NY! So, anyway to buy surrounding land with this place?




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    • Sandy B says: 228 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      …..hoping for a bidding war perhaps..??
      I’ve spent time on both the Eastern Shores of Virginia and Maryland, and love them. Because of their relative isolation, a unique culture has been slower to change there (in my experience). I’m in love with this property big time..!!




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  20. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8339 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I am restating…

    The listing description came directly from the agents site but on Realtor.com there’s a different one that says furniture comes with. I don’t know if the furniture still comes with as it does not state this on the agents site.

    Edited: Confirmed by a reader, the furniture is included!




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    • MW says: 617 comments

      The furniture NOT coming with it now might also reflect the current price reduced way down from the original $1.5M from a few years ago – along with the dramatic reduction in acreage of course as you noted.

      So with those 2 things and the economics and remoteness of the area probably explains it. But as with any property, I am sure all things are negotiable. Although the property now must has been legally divided, and the others parts may or may not still be available or sold, so that part would now be legally hard to be flexible on. But as long as the furniture is still in the house or in the area, my guess would be the owners would be happy to negotiate it as part of the sale, price +/- depending on specifics.

      Getting the furniture too would benefit people like myself who like all kinds of older homes, including the mid-century modern house we live in now. Buying this house and not having almost no furniture that really suits it is actually a big consideration. And potentially a very positive aspect for consideration.

      It is interesting to note, that like most old large manor type houses, this property started out getting combined back in the early 1700’s into a 1,500 acre farm. It was 246 acres recently as noted, but is now down to a comfortable 25, which is might be most useful to people interested in the house, but not being a farmer. So the recent property reduction makes a lot of sense. To their credit, they tried to sell it all together and apparently it didn’t work. So now they seem to be taking a good logical next step.




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      • JimHJimH says: 3395 comments
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        $1.5 million for this place with 250 acres AND the furnishings! Obviously not affordable for as many folks as $650k though very reasonable for a large intact historic estate. Apparently the Eastern Shore isn’t on the radar of most monied folks looking for this kind of place, as it should be.




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    • Sandy B says: 228 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      I guess it’s possible the photos are from the older listing, and the houses are now empty??
      Looking closely at the furnishings and collections, some could have been sold for significant $.




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  21. SuzyQ says: 43 comments

    I called the listing agent last night and waiting to see if I can get in to see the house. I ask to view it today. If I get in I will let you know if everything is in tact as the pictures show and if the furnishings come with the property in the listing price.




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    • Sandy B says: 228 comments
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      2001 craftsman farmhouse
      Bainbridge Island, WA

      SuzyQ, Please do let us know what you find. I emailed the listing agent and have had no response.




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      • SuzyQ says: 43 comments

        Luck was on my side as I was able to see this house. The owners James & Simone were there and an absolute delight. They bought the property with only 25 acres they said about 3 years ago from a gentleman that bought the entire farm but didn’t want the houses. They said they worked on both houses for about a year before moving in. When we first walked into the main house it smelled a little damp. The houses has been fully restored from 2016-2018 to include new ac, electrical up grades, plaster and foundation and brick work, etc. This is truly a lovely house. The bathrooms have been modernized, but tastefully done. Yes all of the furnishings are included in the price. They have itemized what they believe the value is of everything they are leaving to include antiques, furniture, art work, rugs, tractors, golf cart, kayaks, and tools for the value of $241,925. Not the value I would use but the house is tastefully decorated. The owners are being transferred and will leave with what they said our clothes and toothbrush. There is an easement for the driveway and expenses are split 50/50 with the farmer. Annual taxes $3,642.50. The owners should be commended on the great job they have done to preserve this beauty!




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        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8339 comments
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          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Thanks for the info! Glad you were able to see it.




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        • Sandy B says: 228 comments
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          2001 craftsman farmhouse
          Bainbridge Island, WA

          Thank-you SuzyQ…… this definitely keeps this as a buy possibility for me…..unless you’ve already committed of course…😊




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          • SuzyQ says: 43 comments

            Sandy I still work and this would add another 2 hour commute to the airport (BWI) unless I flew out of the Saulsbury regional airport where they only have commuters and flight are high. If I was retired yes I would seriously consider. A very lovely house.




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            • Sandy B says: 228 comments
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              2001 craftsman farmhouse
              Bainbridge Island, WA

              Thanks SuzyQ. I really appreciated your evaluations. I’ve been in touch with the listing agent too, and by the sounds of it, I’m afraid it will be sold before I can put together the arrangements to get there to see it. Like to know what Zoomey meant by chicken farms nearby….?




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              • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 8339 comments
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                1901 Folk Victorian
                Chestatee, GA

                Check out the aerial shot. They are too far away to notice much of a smell though, it would never be something you would have to worry about.




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                • MW says: 617 comments

                  Chicken houses? You can’t live on the easternshore of MD and be afraid of a little chicken house smell every now and then, lol. A little of that every once in a while would be the smell of home to me.




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  22. zoomey says: 312 comments

    I spoke with the listing agent. He said he has numerous showings lined up and expects the houses will sell for above asking price. He said the owners are relocating due to a business transfer. I asked why they are leaving their stuff, and he didn’t really answer. It seems a little odd to me to collect all those antiques and artwork, and then leave it all behind! Anyway. The 25 acres are protected, but the rest of the land surrounding the house, a few hundred acres that formerly belonged to this property, are farms and are not protected from subdivision and development. I do not like the smell of chicken farms, so I would not buy this house, but if you don’t mind it (and it’s not all the time, just at certain times of the year) it certainly sounds like a real treasure of a property and a very good deal for the lucky new owner. It is out in the middle of nowhere, about 30 minutes to the nearest hospital, so wouldn’t work as a retirement place for me. It is a beautiful property, and the owners have poured a lot of love into it. Hope it gets an appreciative new owner.




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  23. MW says: 617 comments

    I spoke to the agent this weekend as well. He seemed like a very nice guy, was happy to talk. He did confirm that the furniture goes with it. The owners got a high profile type job relocation to FL and will be moving soon to a condo, probably something more modern I would guess being FL. So nothing about this house really works well for that. They are moving soon and are just taking themselves and personal affects, hoping to sell the house as a package since a lot of things were purchased with that in mind and work well with it.

    He said the guest house is an older house, just remodeled in the 1990’s and then again by the current owners. But information I have states that is was built in the 1990’s using historical materials.
    And that was stated by the people who would have owed it during that time. So I would assume that is credible. So I guess that is still somewhat an open question. Either way it is an awesome looking guest house for sure.

    He did also confirm that he has some showings coming up. So there is definitely now some strong interest in the house.




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    • JimHJimH says: 3395 comments
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      It’s great that the furniture is included. If the owners can’t use it, the alternative of selling it off can be disappointing, so it makes sense just to leave it there as a package deal. It saves the buyer a lot of effort in refurnishing the place.
      The guest house wasn’t there on aerials before 1991, so it must have been reconstructed. The property has so much historic integrity that it seems a minor point.




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  24. SuzyQ says: 43 comments

    As I stated previously the owners were there when I walked through the house on Sunday. They told me the previous owner built the guest house in the 90’s with all old material that he had picked up from a lot of old homes being torn down and salvage yards. Not all of the furnishings are old. For example the dining room table and chairs are Ethan Allen reproductions as well as a few other pieces. Still the house is beautifully decorated and those pieces could be replaced as old were found. I agree Jim this place has significant history and it is a minor point on the guest house.




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