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October 11, 2017

Warrenton lists Brentmoor with $595,000 asking price

Allen Real Estate officially listed Brentmoor for sale Wednesday.
Brentmoor
• Property: 4,200-square-foot Italianate home, built in 1859, and 1-acre lot.

• Where: 173 Main St., Warrenton.

• Owner: Town of Warrenton.

• Asking 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.
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For sale by owner: Italianate style, 4,200-square-foot historic house in downtown Warrenton. Famous Virginians slept here. Fixer-upper. No bathrooms or kitchen.
Asking price: $595,000.

The Town of Warrenton on Wednesday officially put Brentmoor, a 158-year-old house briefly used as a Civil War museum, on the market.

At 173 Main St., the one-acre property includes the original servants’ quarters/summer kitchen, smokehouse and part of a boxwood allée.

Allen Real Estate of Warrenton will market the property for 90 days without charge.

“The house is excellent condition,” said Joseph K. Allen Jr., the real estate broker. “It’s just a matter of putting in plumbing.

“The 12-foot ceilings (on the first floor) and the T-shaped center hall are unusual,” Mr. Allen said. “It’s almost a time capsule really.”

The house has eight fireplaces.

Before closing 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.

Under that DHR easement, the new owner might build a garage on the property, according to Mr. Allen.

An easement allows shared use of driveway on the right side of the house, he explained.

“Whoever is going to buy it is going to have to be willing to take on a construction project,” Mr. Allen said. “We think somebody will spend $150,00 to $175,000 (on bathrooms and a kitchen) and have a very nice property.”

State law would require the town council to conduct a public hearing before selling the property. 

Once the town chooses a buyer, it will subdivide the house and an acre from the three-acre property that includes the Warrenton-Fauquier Visitor Center. 

“I have a list of five to six people who’ve contacted me,” about the house, Mr. Allen said Tuesday afternoon. “It can be easy for someone to buy if they really like historical properties. If a good, qualified buyer comes along and likes it, we’ll make it work.”

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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Go See La La Land · October 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm
Feels weird to see something like this for sale, definitely a piece of history.
BJ · October 11, 2017 at 7:08 pm
It would be wonderful if some family fell in love with Brentmoor and decided to call it HOME!

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