WICOMICO CHURCH, Va., March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A beautifully restored and fully furnished historic estate c.1790, which includes a main residence, guest house and multiple accessory buildings on approximately 32 acres of lush landscape and formal gardens, will sell at a live auction on April 24 th, NYC-based Concierge Auctions has announced. Originally offered for $3.2 million, the southern estate, located at 677 Crosshills Road, will sell to the highest bidder at or above a $1.8 million reserve in cooperation with Michael Stevens of Coldwell Banker Traditions and Gary Gestson of the Historic Home Team at Long & Foster Real Estate.
"Selling fully-furnished, the new owners will inherit all the antiques, rugs, appliances, linens, china and cookware in both houses, not to mention the contents of the barn, the garden shed, the outbuilding convey and the antique hay kicker. This auction, without a doubt, presents an amazing and rare opportunity, which I'm thrilled to be a part of," Stevens stated. "Standing on the lawn of this memorable estate, its sense of history is undeniable. I'm excited to work with Concierge Auctions to find an idyllic new owner on auction day, anxious to live out West End's next chapter."
"I have partnered with Concierge to auction a number of historic homes in the past, and I'm always impressed," stated Gestson. "Homes like West End are investments to be enjoyed and maintained by owners who value their pedigree. The Concierge team knows how to select the best historic buying opportunities, to convey each home's unique story, and ultimately to deliver the true value of these incomparable assets."Constructed circa 1790 by William Blackersby and beautifully restored in the 1940s under the direction of noted architect Walter Macomber, well-known for his work on Colonial Williamsburg, Mt. Vernon and the James Monroe Memorial Library, West End is comprised of a main residence, guest house and accessory buildings on approximately 12 acres. The remaining 20 +/- acres are across the road and designated as a Virginia Byway, consisting of a picturesque meadow, woods and a stream. Both the main and guest houses boast their original vintage integrity. The main residence is a four-bedroom, six-bathroom brick Georgian manor constructed in flemish bond from locally-made brick, surveyed and restored as needed by Don Peel, a restoration brick expert trained in England. The 6,207-square-foot property contains 11 fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, library and a master suite and bath with an oversized Jacuzzi. Three staircases and an elevator provide access between the main floors. The basement has a transferable dry basement guaranty, a flower arranging room, an exercise room with fireplace, a wine cellar and storage rooms. Finished, heated and air conditioned, the attic space is divided into a large room, a small room and two small storage rooms. To the west of the main house is the 2,000-square-foot guest house, a two-story residence with two bedrooms, three fireplaces, a utility room, and in-floor heating. Beyond the home is a four-acre grassed area used formerly as a horse pasture and vegetable gardens, and to the east, a daylilly garden and an expansive, four-acre grassed area. Halfway between the house and the road is an area that has been planted with 1,200 daffodils, specially bred to bloom during Garden Week, which commences the week before the auction.