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Joselene Hills Manor c.1870 - 7701 Dance Hall Road, Frederick, Maryland



Price: SOLD
Listing Type: SOLD
Property Type: Farm
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.5
Year Built: 1870
Acreage: 165
MLS Number: FR8147237
Property Name: Historic Joselene Hills Manor c.1870


Property Description


This gorgeous 165 acre historic estate is located just minutes from downtown Frederick, and close to Baltimore and Washington, DC. With rolling fields and pastures, accented by wooded acreage, this extraordinary equestrian estate sets high above the surrounding area and features some of the finest views of the Catoctin Mountains available anywhere in the county. The original section has exposed stone walls and historic detailing, while the modern section is a “no expense spared” historic replica with the finest features of landmarks like Monticello & Mount Vernon. The living room features custom paneling, floor to ceiling, and large windows that bath the multiple alcoves in gentle light. The grand entry hall has a curved royal staircase with beautiful woodwork and a Palladian window. An elevator covers all 4 floors and is easily accessed from the hallways connecting the wings.

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Joselene Hills Manor at one time supported over 100 horses and was an active equestrian estate. This versatile property is an excellent hunting preserve, farm or simply one of the finest estates within commuting distance of DC.  This unique property also includes a 3 lot subdivision.

Situated on 165+/- acres in Frederick County Maryland, Joselene Hills Manor is a classic estate and a jewel in the Washington/Baltimore crown.  An exquisite Georgian Manor home with sweeping views of fields and mountains, this exquisite residence is only minutes from Frederick City and its theater scene, fine restaurants & galleries. Joselene Hills Manor is ideally located less than an hour from 3 international airports, less than an hour from downtown Baltimore and Washington DC and minutes to major highways. Enjoy the beauty of the surroundings, stroll in the Thomas Jefferson inspired garden, watch the horses in spacious pastures, take nature walks or hunt your own private preserve. Joselene Hills Manor has it all.

The secluded property offers a getaway from the hustle and bustle of nearby Washington. Relax as you stroll the grounds or lounge on the porches. If you enjoy nature, wide-open spaces and a sense of privacy, you will love becoming part of this extraordinary estate — a huge oasis in the heart of  rural Frederick County.

The surrounding community also embraces the rich history and vibrant future that homes like this promise, offering gorgeous parks, conservation efforts and a dynamic downtown Frederick to its residents.


Joselene Hills  Manor is a masterpiece of Georgian elegance, overlooking some of the finest landscape in the DC area. Take in incomparable views of the Catoctin Mountains, lush woodlands, green grass fields and bright blue skies.

The quality of construction is unparalleled. The best Georgia Pine was used for flooring and paneling throughout the residence and fine granite from Upstate New York makes up the front porch. Magnificently crafted fireplaces, crown molding and dramatic lighting are only a few examples of the artistry to be recognized in this residence.

With four levels of living space, Joselene Hills Manor is a home given to entertaining both formally and informally, from the impressive living room with its alcoves, ornate paneling, and dramatic chandelier to the spacious media & family rooms on the lower level with their open spaces and recessed lighting.

No detail was spared in the lavishly appointed 1980’s section of the home, designed by nationally renowned architect Frank Auspitz, whose credits include the renovation of Winterthur for the Dupont family in Delaware and the governor’s mansion in Williamsburg VA.  The stunning millwork and windows were designed and constructed by Auspitz to match the period of the original house and the window panes were cut from 150-200 year old glass. Joselene Hills Manor is an exciting marriage of inspired design and modern amenities – the living room is patterned after that found in Martha Washington’s Mount Vernon, the foyer and staircase after Carter’s Grove in Jamestown Virginia and the serpentine brick walled garden is tribute to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, while the kitchen is 21st century gourmet, the master bath features a whirlpool tub and an elevator covers all 4 floors. This extraordinary work of art creates a sensation of relaxation, comfort and style — unparalleled in today’s real estate market.


An impressive entrance foyer with a sweeping staircase elevates to a second floor landing and to a spacious master suite.  The resplendent master suite is truly fit for royalty. An expansive space, the gracious master has a fireplace with exquisite paneling. The master bathroom offers a two-person walk-in shower, Jacuzzi bath, separate water closet and a laundry closet with front loading stacked washer & dryer.  A large walk-in closet is outfitted with built-ins and an abundance of natural light.


The state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen, in the original section of the house, is perfect for the gourmet chef or novice cook. The kitchen offers top-of-the-line, built-in stainless steel appliances, including a wall oven and cooktop. A large breakfast area provides a casual alternative to the adjoining dining room, while both share access to an outside porch and its unrivaled views.

A catering kitchen is down the stairs below the kitchen boasting an additional sink, oven & refrigerator, perfect for dish storage, extra stemware and china and perhaps a future a wine cellar and tasting room.


• The addition to the house was built in the 1980’s.

• Architect Frank Auspitz built all the woodwork for the house in his shop in Litiz, PA. He also was an architect for the renovations to Winterthur for the Dupont’s in Delaware and the governor’s mansion in Williamsburg, VA.

• The trim and windows were built and designed by him to match the period of the original house. The trim and all the woodwork were built by him at his shop in Litiz and installed in the house. The glass that was used for the windows was 150 to 200 year old glass.

• The foyer and staircase in the addition was patterned after those in Carter’s Grove in Jamestown, VA.

• The living room is patterned after the living room in the Martha Washington home at Mount Vernon.

• The floor is Georgian pine, supplied by Vintage Lumber in Woodsboro, MD. The wood was taken from a 150 year old barn. The lumber was refinished with tongue and groove to make flooring and was installed in a manor so the gaps appeared to have shrunk to match the original flooring.

• The granite for the front porch is from a quarry in upstate New York and the foundation stone came from a barn at the Betty Cramer House on Route 26.

• The formal garden is a replica of the serpentine garden designed by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.

• All of the hardware on the doors is Baldwin Brass.


1980’s Section
First Floor – 11′ ceiling

Center Hall 26’x13′ – Wood floor, staircase, hanging lamp, interior shutters, ornate crown molding, chair rail, custom paneling, 9/9 window, HL hinges, front & rear doors.
Living Room 26′ x 17′ – Wood floor, wood paneled walls, fireplace with marble mantel, 4 alcoves, chandelier, 6 – 9/9 windows.
Library 11′ x 9′ – Wood floor, 2 9/9 windows, hanging lamp, chair rail, crown molding.
Powder Room 7′ x 5′ – Wood floor, crown molding, chair rail, pedestal sink, closet, large window.

Second Floor – 10′ ceiling

Staircase & Landing 16′ x 13′
Master Bedroom 1 26′ x 17′ – Wood floor, fireplace with wood paneling, 2 closets, 4 wall sconces, 4 chimney cabinets, chair rail, crown molding, 6 – 9/6 window.
Dressing Room 2 9′ x 7′ – Wood floor, built-in shelves, 2 – 9/6 windows.
Master Bathroom 17′ x 10′ – Wood floor, 2 sinks, ceramic tile shower, whirlpool tub, oak cabinets, granite counters, chair rail, crown molding. Laundry closet with stackable front end loading washer & dryer.
Staircase to third floor

Third Floor

Room 1 – 21′ x 19′ – Wood floor, 1 window, elevator
Room 2 – 20′ x 19′ – Vinyl tile floor, 2 windows.


Media Room 25′ x 17′ – Wood floor, built-in bookcases, stairs to main level, 2 windows.
Family Room 26′ x 18′ – Wood floor, 4 windows.
Utility Room 9′ x 7′

1870 Section
First Floor

Entry Hall 11′ x 8′ – Wood floor, stairs.
Dining Room 17′ x 17′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, door to porch, 2 windows.
Kitchen 25′ x 11′ – Ceramic tile floor, oak cabinets, granite counters, recessed lighting, GE Profile electric cooktop, GE Profile microwave & oven combo, Kitchenaide oak veneered refrigerator, breakfast area – wood floor, painted cabinets, door to porch, 2 windows.
Den 11′ x 9′ – Wood floor

Second Floor

Bedroom 2  11′ x 11′ – Wood floor, dormer window, window.
Bedroom 3 17′ x 11′ – Wood floor, dormer window, window.
Bedroom 4 17′ x 10′ – Wood floor, dormer window, window.
Hallway 11′ x 4′ – Wood floor, oak cabinets.
Bathroom  7′ x 6′ – Wood floor, granite counter, ceramic tile shower.
Study 11′ x 9′ -Wood floor, dormer window’


Family Room 16′ x 16′ – Ceramic tile floor, exposed  stone fireplace, stairs, 2 windows with deep sills.
Catering kitchen 16′ x 10′ – Ceramic tile floor, exposed stone walls, GE Profile microwave, GE Monogram dishwasher, granite counter, oak cabinets.
Laundry Room 10′ x 9′ – Ceramic tile floor, recessed lights, washer/dryer, oak cabinets, 1 window.
Bathroom 10′ x 7′ – Ceramic tile floor, pedestal sink, tub.


Plat – Property plat with subdivisions

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