August 21, 2019
“Unique” property at Airlie listed for $5.85 million
Photos/Sotheby’s International Real Estate
The 8,000-square-foot International House has a park-like setting along Airlie Road.
The listing includes this 25-acre lake.
The lake feeds this familiar manmade waterfall on the north side of Airlie Road.
My clients are Fauquier natives and are quite sensitive as to the community’s desire to see the land and area protected
— Chris Malone, listing agent
Those in the market for a large Warrenton property with a paved airstrip, a 25-acre lake, a waterfall, a stone bridge and several structures have an opportunity.
The heirs of Airlie conference center founder Murdock Head this month put approximately 255 acres — with those amenities — on the real estate market at an asking price of $5.85 million.
The property fronts Airlie Road and lies directly across that two-lane byway from the 300 acres donated to American University in 2016. The university operates the conference center, which also serves as a busy wedding venue, and a large farm-to-table operation. Airlie has 150 guest rooms, banquet and meeting areas, a restaurant/pub, an all-weather pavilion and formal gardens.
International House, an 8,000-square-foot structure built in 1948, stands on 91 acres, one of five parcels included in the new real estate listing. The property also includes a house at Airlie and Blackwell roads and several other structures, an airplane hangar among them.
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Kimmaren Corp., which Dr. Head’s heirs own, over the years has sold several properties around the edge of the conference center, which formerly totaled almost 2,000 acres just north of Warrenton.
But, the new listing represents Kimmaren’s most prominent offering so far.
“I believe that potential purchasers run the spectrum, from a private estate purchaser to various low-impact and progressive commercial uses, such as wellness and care facilities, or corporate offices, such as the nonprofits that have been tenants to date,” said Chris Malone of The Plains, the listing agent with Sotheby’s International Real Estate.
The Rainforest Trust has leased International House for its headquarters since 2015.
Dr. Head in 1976 renovated the house for his home and office. During that period, Airlie had a partnership with George Washington University, which offered programs there. Airlie also produced documentaries with its Raven’s Hollow film unit, headquartered on that part of the park-like campus.
The property includes the familiar stone waterfall on the north side of the road, across from the Airlie House entrance.
“There are residential development rights that run with the property, but also potential conservation tax credits associated with the preservation of the land,” Mr. Malone said. “I have spoken at length with my clients about all of this. My clients are Fauquier natives and are quite sensitive as to the community’s desire to see the land and area protected.”
The five tracts — four, six, 58.4, 91 and 95.7 acres — have rural agricultural zoning, which would allow limited subdivision for housing.
“International House may also be purchased separately on approximately 15 acres for $1.575 million, subject to a boundary line adjustment,” Mr. Malone said.
The paved runway measures 3,200 feet long.
Much of the land has supported cattle grazing and hay production.
The Realtor added: “ ‘Unique’ is an overused word in real estate, but this property is really, truly unique. We’re speaking with a variety of interested parties and hope to over time arrive at a deal that will benefit all — the shareholders of Kimmaren Corp, the new owners, and the community.”
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