Long & Foster® Real Estate, Inc., the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States and a leader in the sale of luxury properties, today announced it has listed, as part of its extensive number of current listings, Bellevue, a two and one-half-story, four-bedroom, three-bath, historical home on nearly 11 acres of pristine property.
Built in 1840, the home once served as the main residence of a more than 400-acre tobacco plantation. The property, which also includes a one-bedroom, one-bath guest house with a kitchenette, an orangery, and a Greek folly, is located at 315 Farmhouse Rd., in Accokeek, Md. It is listed by Daniel Lusk, sales associate with Long & Foster’s Alexandria/Old Town Historic District office, in Alexandria, Va., and is being offered for $949,000.
“Bellevue is an interesting historical property that was once owned by the Beall, the Hardisty and the Marshall families who were prominent in Prince George’s County in the 1700s and 1800s. It is located on a tract of land known as ‘Strife,’ which was patented in 1694 by Col. John Addison, a merchant, an Indian trader, and a planter,” said Lusk. “In 1738, John Beall purchased a portion of Strife and established the Bellevue tobacco plantation. The property remained in the Beall family until 1815. It was purchased by John H. Hardisty in 1939, who built the present home a year later.”
The 4,000-square-foot meticulously restored and maintained home has a side-hall, double-parlor floor plan that suggests the Hardisty family more than likely planned to eventually expand it into a full center hall, four-over-four residence, noted Lusk. In 1868, however, Hardisty exchanged the plantation with Thomas Marshall for the Marlboro House hotel. In 1871, the property entered foreclosure. After numerous owners, most of the original plantation was subdivided and sold during the 1930s and 1940s, said Lusk.
Bellevue, which is registered with both the Prince George’s County and the National Register of Historic Places, is recognized as a fine example of an early 19th-century plantation home. It features numerous decorative elements in the Greek Revival style including an open-string two-run staircase with heavy-turned balusters. The home’s interior features hardwood floors throughout, many of which are original, door frames that feature bulls eye blocks at the corners, and wood burning fireplaces in the master bedroom, the kitchen, the family room, the dining room and the living room. Other Greek Revival features include small windows, low doors, plaster egg and dart ceiling moldings, and a gabled roof.
The private gated estate is surrounded by both wooded and open spaces and features exceptional landscaping, a white ash tree estimated to be more than 250 years old, beautiful stone walkways, two patios, a large deck, a hot tub, a play area, and room for horses. There is also a screen porch and a side porch.
In addition to the guest house, the Greek Folly lends itself to office space and features a full bath, a fireplace, a sleeping loft and a deck that overlooks woods and the Mattawoman Creek. There is also an orangery and a small horse shed, as well as the original well, which is still operational.
Located in historic Accokeek, the property is close to shopping, the National Golf Club at Tantallon, and is 15 miles south of National Harbor.
“This is a special residence that offers the perfect blend of history, privacy and convenience for someone who might work in the city but long for peaceful quiet country living at the end of the day,” said Lusk.
“Bellevue is truly a unique property with its rich history and beautiful surroundings. Sellers and buyers of unique properties like Bellevue recognize the power and reach Long & Foster to connect them,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
“Bellevue represents another treasure Long & Foster has in its already rich collection of notable properties that deserve to be in a spotlight.”
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