By Hannah Hager
March is a month for the imaginative. It’s not exactly the prettiest time of year to scout out properties when looking to set down roots somewhere new. Most of the lawns will appear naked; devoid of trees, the flower beds will be bare and the bushes won’t be in bloom.
It takes curiosity and vision to see a new home’s potential. This is not dissimilar of a skill required of anyone who is trying on the bones of new place to see how it fits within the whole body of your life.
Luckily, this 117-year-old home has a built-in track record. Not only has it been lovingly maintained through the centuries by conscientious caretakers, but it just so happens it sits on some of the most beautiful countryside in Virginia. With a Round Hill address, it’s situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is one of the last stops en route to the Shenandoah Valley. The address is the very definition of God’s country.
The home itself is a reflection therein – you’ll find yourself saying, “They just don’t make ‘em like they used to,” and you’ll be right. It’s evident in the knotty pine hardwood floors and curved banister in the foyer and the exposed beam ceilings and stone fireplace in the family room. It’s apparent in the wainscoting, the trim and even the light fixtures.
The details that tell the story of this turn-of-the-century home are evident, but they don’t overshadow its general sentiment. The craftsmanship executed when updating, maintaining and modernizing the house is bar none. Put simply, it’s hard to believe this house permits any kind of draft to pass through its windows or doors despite its age. It goes without saying this is a balance that is hard to strike, much less upkeep.
White cabinets offset the stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. French doors and updated floor-to-ceiling windows welcome an abundance of sunlight. The upstairs bedrooms are cozy and a second-story patio provides a private quiet space for enjoying a beverage of your choice. If you’re feeling social, however, you could always join the others around the fire pit in your backyard.
It might be hard to envision these possibilities as you tread through the last of winter. But, good things come to those who wait … and to those who see the potential of a place before it comes to full bloom.
Address: 35169 Harry Byrd Hwy, Round Hill
Bedrooms: Four bedrooms
Bathrooms: Two full and one half bathrooms
Year Built: 1900
Acreage: 4 acres
List Price: $649,500
Agent: Marcy Cantatore