5 BD / 6 BA / 2 HA BA
+/- 950 sf
Lot Size: +/- 112 acres
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REPRODUCTION COST OF $20 MILLION. NOW ACCEPTING PRIVATE TREATY OFFERS! Built over the course of four years – and with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship and exacting detail – Emerald Hills is situated on 112 gently rolling acres in Charlottesville, Virginia. Overlooking hardwood forests, a private lake, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, this estate is a stunning example of Neoclassical architecture, with design influences from iconic American structures such as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (which is located just 15 minutes south of the Property), George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Carter’s Grove and even the White House.
The layout of the primary residence, with its main structure connected to northern and southern dependencies by a series of curved hyphens, is closely modeled on Mount Vernon. Interior details from the current White House have been reproduced through the home, including aspects of the dining room and the western colonnade, the latter of which mimics the south facade of the White House, overlooking the Rose Garden.
With a stately and gently winding paved entry, the Property welcomes guests with a two-story portico supported by Ionic columns. Lush, manicured grounds surround the estate, and include 1,000 dogwoods, redbuds and crape myrtle trees in addition to formal gardens, fountains and a 100-ft reflecting pool. A private lake, two ponds, a stream, and several brooks with springs are also located on the Property grounds. Set apart from the manicured grounds is a vegetable garden modeled on that of Thomas Jefferson, with four, 100-ft x 8-ft raised beds connected by Shenandoah brownstone walkway. There is also a home orchard of more than 100 trees (including peach, cherry, nectarine, plum and apple) complementing the savory plantings.
The Property is also sub-dividable, with up to 25 division rights (when including all parcels). It also offers the opportunity for a substantial agricultural tax abatement, which has yet to be applied by the current owner (inquire for details).
Within the main estate, three living levels offer approx. 15,000 sf of interior space, with a total of 5 bedrooms, 6 full and two half baths. All bedrooms are ample in size, and feature en-suite baths. Prominent features include a magnificent foyer with dual staircases, stately salon with lofted ceilings, gourmet kitchen, his-and-her offices, a private study, and a lower-level entertainment lounge offering a pub, billiards area,
wine cellar, theater and sauna. In the event of severe weather, the residence can be powered by a 125kW Caterpillar generator, which is housed in a “bunker” carved discretely into the grounds.
In addition to the main residence, the Property includes several outbuildings: a carriage house (with 2,000 sf of living space and 2,700 sf devoted to housing up to 10 trophy vehicles), flower house, log cabin and large-equipment barn with staff apartment.
Extensive details on the main residence and each of these outbuildings can be found within the Document Portal and in the luxury auction® Bidder’s Brochure.
Note: In addition to the 112-acre, 4-parcel assemblage previously offered for luxury auction® sale, an additional five (5) parcels – totaling nearly 36 acres and including two (2) single-family homes – are available as part of private treaty negotiations. Inquire for details.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. Named after the British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Charlottesville is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Combined with the county of Albemarle for statistical purposes, the population is approximately 150,000, and those residents enjoy recreational, historical and cultural attractions that belie the relatively small size of the city itself.
Nearby Shenandoah National Park, with its rolling mountains and hiking trails, is only one of the local places from which to enjoy the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains – scenic drives, perennial streams, and waterfalls up to 93 feet high make this portion of central Virginia a uniquely beautiful place to live.
Charlottesville was home to two Presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, who lived in the city and traveled to the capital of Richmond during their tenures as Governors of Virginia. Jefferson left his mark on the country not just through service, but also through the creation of the University of Virginia (one of the original “public Ivies”) and the construction of Monticello, his estate just three miles south of Charlottesville.
In addition to these two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, “C-Ville” – as it is affectionately called – also accounts for those living a more “contemporary” lifestyle. Shops and dining options abound, and there are no fewer than seven breweries in the city, in addition to hot air ballooning, wine tours, and an indie music scene that launched the Dave Matthews Band.
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA. Created in 1744 from the western portion of Goochland County, Albemarle County was subdivided in 1761 and 1777 to form separate counties around the independent city of Charlottesville (which, due to a local law, is legally and politically independent of any county).
With the south fork of the Rivanna river, a tributary of the James, providing transportation between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, Albemarle County became a commercial hub housing businesses like the Union Mills and Charlottesville Woolen Mills that used the river to transport goods to Richmond and beyond.
Now, the formerly industrial riverfront is home to the Rivanna Trail, a 20-mile greenbelt that circles the city of Charlottesville, and local jobs have transitioned from manufacturing to higher education, healthcare and national defense. Top employers in the county include the University of Virginia, the County of Albemarle, Sentara Healthcare, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and the Department of Defense – in fact, 36% of workers in the county are employed by the government on the federal, state or local level.
Property listed and offered for sale by McLean Faulconer (Lic#0226012359). Listing Agent Steve McLean (Lic#0225073285). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is a licensed Virginia Auctioneer Firm (Lic#2908000957) and registered Foreign Limited Liability Company with the state of Virginia (ID# T059020-0) performing auction-marketing services as part of this transaction. Real estate brokerage services not performed where prohibited. Bid calling by licensed VA Auctioneer Bob R. Melvin (Lic#2907002527).
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