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Fredericksburg, Virginia   Elmhurst
Circa 1871
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Washington Elms of Saratoga New York, built this manor house on his 25-acre dairy farm in 1871. This lovely High-Style Italianate exemplified by paired glass entry door, elaborate cornices with large eave brackets, 2-over-2 windows with arched crowns was a prevalent design in Update New York but rare in Central Virginia. Its signature belvedere sat atop the handsome three levels of two room and a side passageway on each floor. At the turn of the century, a new owner, C.W. Jones, prominent merchant and politician, bought the property and enlarged the house with a three-level addition and rear additions as well. This "celebration of light" of 49 windows throughout the residence and the addition of the biggest front porch in town made this a showplace for the Jones family. Upon Mr. Jones' death in 1933, the property was divided into housing lots for the growing city of Fredericksburg. The urban half-acre on which the house stands today was established at that time.

During the 20th century, the residence has had many uses -- boarding house for nurses, private home, and four-unit apartment building. The present owners have restored "Elmhurst" to the single-family home as it was built. "Elmhurst" is now a National Register property and on the of Virginian Landmarks. Extensive research information is available.

Fredericksburg is a small city of approximately 20,000 residents that was founded in 1727 along the Rappahannock River. It is about 50 miles from Washington, DC, and Richmond, Virginia, and their international airports. "Elmhurst" is about a 20-minute walk to the Amtrak and commuter rail station and the Historic Downtown shopping district. Interstate 95 is just minutes away.

This property is located at the intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and Bunker Hill Street. The 18,274 square-foot-lot is level and fenced with Victorian period cedar fencing. There is a shelled driveway for two-car, off-street parking. Full-width front porch is supported by Ionic columns. Pyramidal roof. Underneath the front porch is a tiled hideaway and storage space. The rear garden has a semicircular patio and rear arched entryway. Zoning is Residential (R4). 2008 real-estate taxes are app. $4400 under the city's tax abatement program. Survey is available.

This brick residence is a gracious home with flexible living space on three levels. The main paired doors open to a grand foyer that is perfect for entertaining as well as other uses such as an art gallery and library. To the right is the family room with bay windows and exterior entrance. A walk-in closet and Italian-style bathroom complement this room so that it could be an office or suite. To the left is a living room, dining room with bay windows, and an Italian country kitchen, complete with exposed brick, exposed beams, open shelving, beautifully tiled counters and floor (with radiant heating) and copper range hood.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and three baths. One bedroom with bay windows has views of the surrounding area; one houses the glass-enclosed opening to the belvedere that provides heavenly light.

The lower level contains a rustic office as well as a utility/storage room. This is an entrance to the hideaway and storage areas under the front porch. The bulk of the lower level could be extensive family living space or a self-contained suite that has a separate entrance to the living room, kitchen/dining room area, and bedroom and bath and laundry area.

Altogether, there are approximately 4500 square of living space -- three types of hardwood floors, vertical six-panel doors, exquisite woodwork, five decorative fireplace mantles, 10-foot ceilings primarily, and 49 windows. In 2006, a rehabilitation of the property was undertaken to maintain the original proportions of the residence while adding seamless and luxurious modernizations. There is new natural-gas, two-zone radiator heating, some radiant heating, dual-zone central air conditioning, new roof, all-new electricity, all-new plumbing and buried utilities, five individually-designed baths, two kitchens - every floor, every wall, every light fixture has been reconditioned or replaced appropriately. This exceptional property is in move-in condition.

Susan Pates, Associate Broker
Long and Foster, Realtors