Historic Home to Be Auctioned

The Bel Air manor will be previewed and then auctioned in April.

Press release:

On Wednesday, April 18, at 3 p.m., the of George Washington's first biographer will be sold at auction. The oldest home in is located at 14513 General Washington Drive in Woodbridge.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the five bedroom, three bathroom home and the property's pastoral surrounding 25 acres have been impeccably and lovingly restored and maintained by one family for over 60 years. Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both guests at Bel Air.  

A rare find, this property combines modern conveniences with a rich provenance that spans three centuries.   

The three level home features a wide center hall with an impressive, finely detailed archway. Front and rear entries offset by a transom window shed plenty of light on the main level's living room, family room, study and fifth bedroom. Built-in book cases in two main level rooms provide ample storage. Each of the four main level rooms has a fireplace.  The main level's piece de resistance is an open staircase with two spacious landings.

A series of several rooms located on the ground floor, Bel Air's kitchen and adjacent sitting room marry the charm of exposed brick walls, brick flooring and an authentic Colonial cooking fireplace with modern conveniences that include granite countertops, a butler's pantry and built in cabinetry. A large laundry room and second staircase to the main level are located just off the cooking area.

Four sunny, spacious upstairs bedrooms offer plenty of updated closets and storage. Three of the upstairs bedrooms boast fireplaces.  Wide-plank wood flooring spans the entire main and upstairs levels.   

Bel Air's bucolic grounds include a well-tended garden and Colonial boxwood maze, a large barn and a storage shed.  

The property will be available to be previewed on Saturday, March 31, and Saturday, April 14 from 1-4 p.m.  Additional details about the property can be seen at www.tranzon.com/FX6815.

The historic contents of the property will be auctioned online at www.ebidlocal.com. Content bidding begins Sunday, April 8.

Tranzon Fox is part of the Tranzon, LLC network of experienced and highly respected auction companies located throughout the United States. Together, the member companies in Tranzon comprise one of the leading real estate auction companies in the nation with more than 30 offices from coast to coast. The professionals working at Tranzon companies have conducted more than 10,000 auctions in 47 states and the District of Columbia and have collectively sold more than $1.4 Billion in assets since the Company’s formation.

Directions to Property: From I-495 take I-95 south toward Fredericksburg.  Merge onto VA-3000 W/VA-639 W/ Prince William Pky via exit 158B toward Manassas.  Merge onto Caton Hill Rd/VA-639 W toward VA-849/Caton Hill Rd. Turn left onto Minnieville Rd/VA-640 W. Turn right onto General Washington Dr.  A historic marker on the right marks the property's drive.

Elizabeth Vittori March 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Thanks for covering this beautiful property, Lauren! Additional photos of the interior of the home can be viewed at http://historichouseblog.com/2012/03/12/bel-air-house-of-parson-weems-who-wrote-the-george-washingon-cherry-tree-story-to-be-auctioned/ The historic contents of the home are available to be viewed and bid upon online at www.ebidlocal.com.
Lauren Jost March 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Thanks for adding the link for additional photos!


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