SOLD – Happy Seller Says:
“When my wife and I initially listed our historic property for sale 4+ years ago, little did we envision the path that we would have to take to complete the sale and move on with our lives. But, we dared to dream!
After 2+ years of listing our property; we were frustrated. We had plenty of showings; but no offers. We also were continually dropping our asking price, on the advice of our realtors, but had no results (offers) to show. We needed a “new” approach; we needed Gary Gestson.
Gary and his team’s professionalism and approach to marketing our historic home was different, very results-focused, and lifted our spirits. Gary helped us arrive at the correct “market price” for our home, and the number of showings for our property almost tripled. It was now just a matter of time, and of finding the right buyer. Gary and his network brought the right buyer to us.
Thank you Gary, and your team, for guiding us on our home sale journey and for helping us realize our dream. Our sale and closing had a few stumbling blocks along the way (all closings do); but Gary, always the consummate professional, guided us past these and to a closing settlement that was “flawless”.
If you are thinking of selling your historic property you MUST give Gary Gestson a call. He is the best agent we’ve ever worked with, and we are certain he can help you sell your home and realize your ‘dream’. “
Historic Greystone Manor c.1831 is a 6,300SF+ partial stone manse on nearly 2 acres with an inground pool, private back yard with woods, 5+ bedrooms – including 2 suites, a grand living room & spacious recreation room (attached converted carriage house), an over-sized 2 car garage and more. A unique blend of historic detailing and modern amenities, this beautifully restored home features original wood floors, an Italian marble mantel, 2 staircases, including a curved main staircase, front & back porches, and a large kitchen with a 5 burner gas cook top. This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction, close to schools, shopping & entertainment, and near to DC & Baltimore, yet a world away.
Foyer 12′ x 11′ – Wood floor, 2 closets.
Powder Room – Vinyl floor, 1 window.
Living Room 24′ x 19′ – Pergo floor, fireplace with Italian marble mantel, crown molding, 4 windows.
Hallway 20′ x 4′ – Slate floor, French doors to patio.
Family Room 22′ x 16′ – Carpet, ceiling fan, wet bar, walk-in storage closet, French doors to driveway, 2 windows.
Hallway 24′ x 4′ – Wood floor, French doors to Dining Room.
Dining Room 15′ x 15′ – Wood floor, hanging lamp, chair rail, crown molding, 3 windows.
Kitchen 17′ x 15′ – Ceramic tile floor, oak cabinets, GE 5 burner gas cooktop, 3 windows.
Laundry Room 10′ x 6′ – Ceramic tile floor, shelving, cabinets, closet.
Study 14′ x 11′ – Carpet, chair rail, built-in bookcases, ceiling fan, 2 windows.
Sun Room 16′ x 10′ – Ceramic tile floor, exposed stone wall, ceiling fan, 2 doors to patio.
Recreation Room (attached Carriage House) 38′ x 18′ – Carpet, fireplace, wet bar, recessed lights, doors to yard & patio, 6 windows.
Full Bathroom 7′ x 4′ – Vinyl floor, shower.
Landing 12′ x 10′- Wood floor, walk-in storage closet, 2 windows.
Master Bedroom 24′ x 21′ – Carpet, ceiling fan, closet, 3 windows.
*Master Bathroom 12′ x 8′ – Ceramic tile floor, shower, 2 windows.
Bedroom 2 Suite
*Sitting Room 17′ x 11′ – Carpet, ceiling fan, back staircase, 2 windows.
*Bedroom 13′ x 10′ – Vinyl floor, ceiling fan, closet, 2 windows.
*Bathroom 16′ x 10′ – Vinyl floor, bathtub, closet, 1 window.
Hallway – closet.
Bedroom 3 17′ x 14′ – Carpet, ceiling fan, 2 closets, 3 windows.
Hall Bathroom 6′ x 4′ – Vinyl floor, ceramic tile half-wall, bath tub, 1 window.
Bedroom 4 16′ x 11′- Carpet, window seat, ceiling fan, 2 closets, 3 windows.
Bedroom 5 17′ x 11′ – Carpet, window seat, ceiling fan, 2 closets, 3 windows.
Two main rooms were built in 1830. What is now the dining room was the family’s private quarters. The other room (the public room) is now the kitchen, laundry room and office. This is where guests were entertained and food was prepared. The large cooking fireplace was located from the book shelves in the office over to the shelves in the laundry room. Later on, the fireplace was turned around and became the fireplace on the outside porch and later the porch was enclosed to create the “carriage house” (a large open room which is used for large family gatherings and as a recreation room). The same chimney was used for all (hence the extra wide chimney).
There was a fireplace in the family’s private quarters as well.
When the foyer was added (to join to another building) the fireplace became an incinerator. Again, another wide chimney.
The other building, what is now the living room, was built about the same time. There is a fireplace in this room also, most likely used to initially heat that structure. Since then, the fireplace has been improved by adding an Italian marble fireplace.
The land belonged to William Thomas Hamilton (former governor of Maryland) and was his farm. It is believed that the two separate buildings were inhabited by the families that managed the farm. Hamilton’s land extended from Pennsylvania Avenue (now Rte. 11) west to the railroad tracks; and from north to south almost to Greencastle, PA.
The house was initially facing the opposite direction. This is evidenced by the larger transom over the back door. Also, at the time the houses were built, Haven Road was the only access road. This adds credence to the theory that the back of the house was initially the front. The house was “turned around” when the second floor was added and the front porch built. There is now an access road (Bramly Drive) which winds around to the new house front.
There is some question about the basement under the “carriage house”. The mortar and the steep steps point to it being erected at the same time as the main house. It is speculated that it may have been used as a root cellar or an actual carriage house.
The steep steps located in the back of the house and the fact that it is a story and a half rather than two stories indicate that section was the first upper floor to be added.
2003 – Gutter replacements – all of home and attached “carriage house”, except for the garage
2003 – Dual Lennox gas furnaces replaced antiquated system
2004 – Two (2) front porch columns (aluminum) replaced existing wood columns
2005 – Kitchen remodel
* Corian counter top; Corian bar added
* tile floor added, with sheet rock underlayment
* tile back splash
* cupboards refinished
* room re-wallpapered
* new refrigerator (12/07)
2006 – Bath Fitter – tub and surround (upstairs back bath)
2007 – Roof re-shingled (30 yr. transferable warranty)
2007 – New kitchen refrigerator, as above; freezer compartment repaired 3/16
2010 – New pool liner
2011 – New ceramic gas range cook top
2013 – New pool pump
2014 – New hot water heater (50 gal.) installed (Dec.) – warranty transferable
2015 – Added wainscoting, new vanity and sink in upstairs back bathroom
2015 – New Kenmore dishwasher
2015 – New living room flooring — Pergo
2015 – Replaced sink in master bathroom
“Since we moved here in 2000 “Greystone Manor” has always been the meeting/gathering place of choice for our large families and friends. Family members used to ask, now they say “let’s meet at the Hunt’s” or “let’s have our pool party at the Hunt’s”. We always agree and are glad (and proud) to roll out the red carpet for our family and friends at “Greystone Manor”.
All information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.
Certified Historic Properties Specialist
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
189 Kentlands Blvd.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-975-9500 ext.4604 Office