6 beautiful homes along Virginia's Rappahannock River
Fredericksburg. Over its 186 years, this six-bedroom Greek Revival has been an orphanage, a Civil War hospital, and a private home. Original tall ceilings and plaster walls, some with ornate murals, run through the ballroom, dining room, sitting and other rooms; a 2008 renovation added a chef's kitchen, an elevator, and geothermal heating.
The 0.46-acre corner lot in Fredericksburg's historic downtown has patios, a glass atrium, and a three-car garage. $3,195,000. Michelle Wilson, Century 21 New Millennium, (540) 538-5510.
Hume. The Rock Ford estate stands on 100 wooded acres and includes a 10,000-square-foot main house, a three-car garage, a guesthouse, an eight-stall barn, fenced paddocks, and frontage on the Rappahannock River.
The 2006 Colonial-style home has crown molding, detailed built-ins, and a second master bedroom. The grounds feature a pool, professionally designed gardens with raised herb and cutting beds, lawns, and a landscaped courtyard. $4,500,000. Gloria Rose Ott, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, (540) 454-4394.
Oak Grove. Wirtland, a four-bedroom Gothic Revival villa completed circa 1850, is a Virginia Historic Landmark. The restored home's original details include heart pine floors, a walnut staircase, Tudor and Gothic doorways, carved marble fireplace surrounds, and a tiled portico.
The 108-acre estate features a 3.5-acre pond, lawns, and riding trails. The house is $1,780,000 with 108 acres, $1,250,000 with 50 acres. Karin Andrews, Berkshire Hathaway Towne Realty, (804)
White Stone. Set on Tabbs Creek and minutes from Fleets Bay, this 2009 five-bedroom home offers water views throughout. Designed by architect James Gauer, the open-plan house features polished concrete floors; a smart-home system; and a great room with double-height ceilings, three walls of windows, and a brick fireplace.
The 0.84-acre lot includes a guesthouse, pool, hot tub, and deepwater dock with boat lift. $1,495,000. Laura Peery, The Steele Group Sotheby's International Realty, (804) 921-0236.
Port Royal. Known as Riverview or Lightfoot House, this 1846 four-bedroom Greek Revival is on the National Register of Historic Places, with noted Civil War associations.
Fully renovated in 2007 with three additional bathrooms, a laundry room, and a new kitchen, the house retains its original pine floors, pocket doors, and eight functional fireplaces. The 1.2-acre waterfront property includes lawns, plantings, and a dock on the Rappahannock. $999,000. Benjamin Quann, Century 21 Redwood Realty, (540) 842-2830.
Weems. This three-bedroom Lowcountry cottage is in Cedar Pointe, minutes from the Rappahannock, Chesapeake Bay, and town amenities. The 2009 open-plan home features a custom kitchen, a great room, and a first-floor master suite with vaulted ceiling and sitting area.
Outside are a wide Southern-style front porch, a screened porch with brick fireplace, and 2 landscaped acres of lawns and mature trees. $495,000. Travis Powell, Select Properties of Virginia, (804) 512-2086.
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