November 15, 2017
Warrenton couple makes offer to buy Brentmoor
File Photo/Cassandra Brown
Kirk and Rebecca Goolsby have made a full-price offer to buy the Italianate home at 173 Main St. for $595,000.
• Property: 4,200-square-foot Italianate home, built in 1859, and 1.2-acre lot.
• Where: 172 Main Street, Warrenton.
• Days listed: 34.
• Potential buyers: Kirk and Rebecca Goolsby of Warrenton.
• Purchase price: $595,000.
• Purchased: For $460,000 in February 1999 for development of John S. Mosby Museum.
• Details: Converted to museum with donations and grants; no kitchen or bathrooms.
After 34 days on the market, the Town of Warrenton may have a buyer for Brentmoor, which formerly housed the defunct John S. Mosby Museum.
Warrenton residents Kirk and Rebecca Goolsby have signed a letter of intent to purchase the 158-year-old home from the town for $595,000 — the asking price.
The town council Tuesday night voted, 7-0, to take Brentmoor off the market for 60 days while the Goolsbys inspect the property and arrange financing.
“The letter of intent is a public document,” Town Attorney Whit Robinson said. “It is merely a starting point for the potential buyer. The rest of the negotiations will be kept confidential as we work through this process, and I’ve advised council members and staff to keep any negotiations confidential as well.”
The couple, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday morning, want to convert the historic structure, with no kitchen and a substandard half bath in the basement, back to a residence, according to town officials.
Mr. Goolsby works as a science professor at Northern Virginia Community College.
The Goolsbys hope to install a new bathroom, a shower in the basement bathroom, a residential kitchen and “convert the historic kitchen outbuilding into a residential facility,” according to their letter.
The one-acre property includes the original servants’ quarters/summer kitchen, smokehouse and part of a boxwood allée.
State law would require the town council to conduct a public hearing before selling the property.
Then the town would subdivide the house and an acre from the three-acre property that includes the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center.
Before closing the purchase, the buyer would need to submit a sketch of planned renovations for approval to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, which holds an easement on the house.
The purchase of Brentmoor is contingent upon the Goolsbys “obtaining suitable appraisal and financing,” according to their letter.
Allen Real Estate of Warrenton listed the property without charge on Oct. 11.
The town in 1999 bought the property for $460,000.
A $1-million historical renovation — funded with donations and grants — converted it from a private home to the John S. Mosby Museum, which operated from 2013 to early 2015.
The project restored Brentmoor to 19th-century conditions, removing a kitchen addition and bathrooms, while upgrading the electrical system and installing geothermal heating and cooling.
Over the last couple of years, town officials have struggled with the vacant building’s fate. Some council members wanted to sell it; some wanted to give a Civil War museum another chance under new management.
In August, Warrenton’s town council voted, 4-2, to put Brentmoor up for sale “as is.”
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Rover 530 · November 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm
This wonderful news! If the transaction goes through, the failed Mosby Museum nightmare will be over.
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