c. 1810 Federal – Machipongo, VA

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Added to OHD on 7/21/20   -   Last OHD Update: 8/3/20   -   33 Comments
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12105 Seaside Rd, Machipongo, VA 23405

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  • $449,000
  • 3 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 2700 Sq Ft
  • 60.8 Ac.
Prospect Hill circa 1820. Historically known as part of the Kendall Plantation. This Federal style manor home sits on 60 acres of VA's Eastern Shore seaside. (60 acres-39 tillable & 19 in timber)This gentlemen's farm is a restoration project...most architectural details are intact: 10 foot ceilings, original mortice & tenon pegged doors, hand carved mantels, wainscoting, marbleized baseboards, & wide pine floors. Handsome center hall is flooded with natural light. Massive rooms with beautiful built in cabinetry and period moulding. Full basement and 3rd floor with dormers can be converted to living space. This is a significant Eastern Shore home and may qualify for state & federal tax credits. Has been written up in Whitelaws..is known for having a rum & sugar hole on back of farm.
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Kimberley M Starr, Chesapeake Properties
(757) 331-8100
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27 Comments on c. 1810 Federal – Machipongo, VA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    This home was discussed in comments when I posted a neighboring house last year. link

  2. Arkham says: 70 comments

    Oh my goodness, that old stove. My heart skipped a beat.

    • Melissa says: 6 comments

      I have actually been I the home recently. It is not in anywhere near this good of condition anymore. This home really could be something, but it is going to take deep pockets. SO the stove, we loved it too, but it is no longer in the home. I believe they took it out to sell. That was a beautiful addition that we were eager to see.

  3. natira121natira121 says: 648 comments
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    1877 Vernacular
    Columbia River Gorge, WA

    Interesting house! Looking at the windows from the inside, perhaps a good part of the house is built of brick? Some of the window sills are deep enough, as are some of the interior doorways. And it appears that the main part and the left side have slate roofs, but the right hand addition doesn’t. I’d love to snoop the attics, and under the siding!

    Perhaps someone will find out more about this place. I’m curious!

    • Mel says: 6 comments

      I have been inside this home within the last year. First of all, I truly see the beauty in this house, just want to put that out there. The whole roof is slate except the back porch. That left hand side was a late addition and was not added correctly. It has settled and needs to be taken down and maybe done correctly. This home has sent empty for decades. The stove which we really loved is no longer there.
      As for the main attic, it is covered in black soot. Not sure if under is charred from a fire or not. May just be that the chimneys need to be fixed. Fireplaces and stoves are the only heating systems in the home. Let me know if you have any other questions. I know it’s been a couple of years since you posted this.

  4. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    So it’s been on the market for some time. Price originally 520K. Looks like work has been done on it since the video was taken. This is a beautiful house needing the right kind of care & stewardship. I’d remove the few Victorianisms & let its Greek Revival/Federal soul be. Machipongo is seaside but this property doesn’t seem to reach to the beach; I assume the price is based on its 60 acres. Seems rather high for the work needed on the house but I’m not familiar with r.e. values there. I hope somebody buys & restores it as this lovely place deserves.

  5. MW says: 902 comments

    Having grown up not far from the area, but up across the state line in MD, I knew this house was going to be located there just by looking at the 1st photo. The landscaping and the sky and look of the house just gave that unmistakable vibe. I’ve lived in CA now for 25+ years, but I could tell it right away. A classic Delmarva eastern shore house. Brings back some good memories.

  6. BethanyBethany says: 3496 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    The light fixtures are amazing, in addition to what everyone else has already said!

  7. lara janelara jane says: 484 comments
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    I don’t know… this house with 60 acres near the beach (even if not on it)? The price doesn’t seem unreasonable to me!

    I love it. Sure, it needs a ton of work, but man, so worth it. So good.

  8. JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
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    Through the fuzzy, dreary photos the quality of the house shines through. Wonderful, authentic, evocative, almost an iconic expression of Early Americana, with some really exceptional Federal detail. Needs some horses and fine furniture in addition to a six figure restoration budget.

  9. Traci Lovelace says: 3 comments

    The previous poster has very aptly described the eastern shore. We looked extensively in the area for a 2nd home and in the end could not make it work out. In addition to the remoteness of the area, the renovation costs are that which you would expect as a captive audience. Someone with a lot of money with a desire for a lot of peace and quiet could make a beautiful home here.

  10. zilla says: 40 comments

    I found an article by the real estate agent in which she reassesses the house (it’s called Prospect Hill) following attending some lectures on old houses. http://www.easternshorevablog.com/tag/blue-heron-realty-co-machipongo-and-cape-charles/page/2/ The reference is about halfway down the long article. She says there is an overgrown, formal boxwood garden to the east of the house that requires restoration.

    • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
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      Thanks Zilla. I’ll cut and paste for OHD reference. The interior photos from 2012 are terrific.

      From David Kabler at Blue Heron Realty Co., 757-331-4885 – the previous listing agent, and maybe a good guy to call as a buyer’s agent.

      “Prospect Hill” located on Seaside Rd. approximately 22 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. I had previously guessed that the first section of the home was of Federal design and construction around the period of 1790-1810, the second, larger and more ornate addition in a Greek Revival tradition dated around 1830 and the third section, a one and one-half story addition containing the kitchen, was of the 1890′s period. Upon my next visit to the property, I used the tips from the symposium to confirm or deny my original assessments. First, up in the attic area and down in the basement, I examined the exposed beams and joinery for sawmarks and fasteners. Second, I studied the great wall of bricks and exposed chimneys for telltale signs of handmade bricks, like thumb and finger impressions. Third, I then closely examined the windows and glass. My post-symposium investigation revealed that the home was constructed with oversized handhewn, heart of pine beams with diagonal but straight sawmarks and plenty of mortice and tennon joinery. Also, I found square cut nails with machine cut heads, both indicating the first section was probably produced shortly after 1790. This part of the house was finished with interior wood paneling, fireplace mantel and cabinets distinctly styled from the Federal period, (cir. 1780-1820).

      The second part, a larger more ornate addition was finished with elaborately decorated woodwork, especially the very fancy, intricately hand-carved fireplace mantels. Further, the marbellized paintwork on the baseboards and the fluted doorway surrounds confirmed the style of the Greek Revival period (cir. 1820-1850). This addition has a massive 3-brick thick, free-standing three story brick endwall laid in the Flemish bond pattern. The top three feet of the exposed chimney had been blasted by lightening and I found on the ground plenty of bricks with thick slabs of mortar. Close examination of the bricks revealed holes and thumbprints, indicating that these were handmade sometime prior to 1833.

      Lastly, off to the east of the home is an overgrown boxwood garden of formal design interspersed with crepe myrtle and one of the few cork trees on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The size of the boxwoods indicates an age of well over one hundred years and the garden certainly begs for restoration and rejuvenation.

      As the listing agent, I have become very attached to this old house and her museum quality architectural features. Her situation on a sixty acre farm of fields and forest is ideal for a country estate property and a lovely 3/8 mile driveway approach draws one’s imagination back to the days of self-sufficiency and fox hunts. Many generations and all their attendant celebrations have graced this property and she now awaits a new owner who will love and cherish her spacious, well-appointed rooms that, if walls could speak, could tell many stories. For even more information on this home, call David Kabler at Blue Heron Realty Co., 757-331-4885.

      “Prospect Hill” cir. 1790 awaits a new owner who will love and cherish her wonderful, charming heritage.

      Handmade doors with mortise and tenon joinery open from the through passage to the living room in the earliest part of the home. Note the deep, paneled recess of the doorway, indicating a former exterior wall.

      In the Greek Revival addition, handcarved wood panel wainscoting with marbellized baseboards – note fluted columns in panelling.

      One of three massive handcarved fireplace mantels of museum quality – note the marbelized paint on the baseboard below the wood panel wainscoting.

      The 1890’s kitchen addition – note the floor-to-ceiling cupboard and tin ceiling.

  11. Joy Louters says: 121 comments

    Traci, I wish I had a lot of money because I love peace and quiet and would absolutely embrace this place. Yes, it needs a lot of work but I envision a showplace once the job is complete. It would be a labor of love and respect for a home that deserves to be brought back to life.

    I love the six and eight paneled doors. You don’t see them like that anymore. The kitchen sink would stay for sure and I love that ceiling! Would that be made of tin? I know there is a lot of paint and wallpaper that needs to be stripped but I love the wallpaper with the gentlemen in their green jackets out for a hunt with their hounds.

    I could even see myself keeping much of the wood furniture. The piano is splendid as are some of the bedroom sets. Again, they will need care but so worth it!

    My eyes widened, too, when I saw the old wood stove in the kitchen. It’s not what I would want to use as my main stove to cook on but it would be great in a summer kitchen for canning.

    I don’t know how but I would want to preserve as many as the fireplaces as I could. I think they need to stay right where they are when they once warmed the entire house.

    Perhaps Jim or Ross can tell us what’s involved in saving those old fireplaces?

    The best part of all is that it sits on 60 gorgeous acres, WOW!

  12. MW says: 902 comments

    Being from the easternshore, not too far from this house, I would concur for the most part on the assessment of the area in general. It is very difficult to find a good older house to checks off a lot of the requirements that people will want today. Yes, there is a lot of less than impressive economic factors over a lot of the Delmarva area, particularly in the lower MD and VA peninsula areas. And yes, this part of VA is about as remote as most will want to be in life. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, while on the surface would seem good, is not actually all that great as they charge quite a bit to cross it to get over to the more developed Virginia Beach and Norfolk areas.

    Another factor is that where there is weak economic conditions, you can be sure there is weak schools. And that is exactly the case in the area. There are actually quite a few affordable old houses like this in the area. But they tend to come with weak employment opportunities as well as poorly rated school systems.

    There are also plenty of extremely expensive older houses that rival any anywhere in the US, buy mostly on the upper shore in the Talbot county area.

    What is really hard to find is a good old house in the middle that normal people can afford that need some decent employment prospects as well as good schools to send their kids to. That is the hard part and not easy to find. I am from the area, know it pretty well and we have been looking for a good second house or retirement house as well for years. But we are still somewhat on the younger end of the spectrum and have young kids. So, the jobs and schools part is more often than not the deal breaker on an otherwise really nice house like this.

    • Julles says: 533 comments

      This house is magnificent, but listening to your comments it sounds a little bleak around there. I am up for a job in Hampton, is this too far to commute there do you think?

      • MW says: 902 comments

        I wouldn’t say it was bleak there. But you need to be realistic about the situation. Not try to convince yourself it is more there than there actually is. It is a certain lifestyle for sure. If you already have a job lined up and you don’t need to worry about schools, then you have solved 2 of the bigger problems in the area.

        As far as the commute goes, it probably would get to be a haul as a daily trip for sure. But just depends on how you take that kind of stuff personally. I don’t think it is much traffic to deal with, more just the time and distance. But keep in mind the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is 23 miles long just by itself, and it costs $13 for cars each way. So that would be $26/day just for going back and forth across the bridge.

        The other thing to think about for this area is that while this house does not currently have waterfront property, it likely will in the not too far off future with rising sea levels. The Tidewater areas of MD and VA are not very high above sea level as is. so for a long term investment, it would be wise to factor that in, either direct impact to the property or just being in an area that is going to be dramatically impacted overall by it. The VA easternshore peninsula is not a very wide piece of land. And it is likely to get a lot smaller in the next 100 years. Plus when hurricanes come in, the water related effects are going to be more serious as time goes by.

        If you don’t have family you are hoping to pass the house down to and it is just for yourself, then that likely won’t be much of a concern unless you are in your younger years. As you get up into MD, the peninsula gets a bit wider and more protected.

        Everyone in the area wants a house on the water. But if it were me, I would be quite cautious investing a lot of money into a property that is right on the water at this point. I suspect that sooner than people are hoping, the closeness to the water is going to start being a bigger issue that a lot will want to think it is going to be. This house being a bit off the water is actually more appealing in that regard. But it is still in a fairly isolated area on a fairly low and thin piece of land at the edge of the ocean.

        So this house represents a wonderful part of our past. But to buy it and take it on, one needs to be realistic about the future of it and the area as well. It is not a cheap house, so that decision is not as easy as if it were a cheap house of course. And if you need to get a 30 year mortgage to pay for it, that is a notable time as far as sea level predictions go. Not that you have to own it for 30 years, but still something to think about.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6536 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        You’re so right Julles, this house is magnificent.. I keep looking at it again and again. Even though the purist of line and scale in me is unsatisfied with the somewhat schlumpy asymmetry of the façade, that same purist simply glories in the sleekly refined, magnificently preserved interiors. From the minimal yet memorable exterior ornament, and the brilliant Yankee detail of the recessed roof to accommodate the window on 2, to the also magnificent front parlor with its delicious stove and unpainted, hardwood, after Adam mantle; to room after room of well preserved dusty old floors, original fittings, and comfortable yet sensible Yankee décor – magnificent.. You can feel the history here; and that’s the mark of a – really great – old house. Did I mention the stoves? Nice.

        I know Ross is jealous of most of the light fixtures; I certainly am..

        Also – I don’t like faux ceilings, but that one in the kitchen is appropriate and interesting.

  13. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    The good thing now is many people work from home (Like my husband). Companies do not want the expense of having to have space for all their employees. If you can have high speed internet and an airport withing reasonable driving distance then you can live there. That opens up a lot of areas that would not have been viable before.

  14. Della says: 1 comments

    I love this house and when I win the lottery I will buy it…fingers crossed!!! But where are there air holes in the door under the steps?

  15. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11828 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    New agent with better listing photos! Updated, moved to the front page. Comments above are older and may reference the old photos.

  16. 67drake67drake says: 266 comments
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    1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
    Iowa County , WI

    OK, what is a “rum and sugar hole”?

    • JimHJimH says: 5119 comments
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      Just old smuggling lore. From the history lecture:
      Somewhere on Mill Creek there was a deep spot where smuggled rum and sugar
      would occasionally be dumped if needed to prevent detection and confiscation by
      the customs authorities. That became known as the “Rum and Sugar Hole”. I am
      told that this is near the mouth of Mill Creek.

      • 67drake67drake says: 266 comments
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        1993, hey I’m still looking! Boring
        Iowa County , WI


      • CarebearCarebear says: 1142 comments
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        I live close to Olcott, NY, on Lake Ontario, which has a great small boat harbor. Smugglers were active during prohibition, bringing in booze from Toronto, just across the lake. If the feds were close, as they were unloading, there is a nearby pond, that is said to have its bottom lined with booze bottles! I’d say this pond is the prohibition era equivalent of a rum and sugar hole.

  17. MichaelMichael says: 2530 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    I keep going back and looking at all the incredible details this house has. It needs a proper restoration.


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