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"Lawson Bay Farm" ~ Rappahannock River ~ c. 1835 ~ 7.7 acres

This glorious knoll faces Southwest for summer breezes off the River and stunning sunsets over the water. Featuring a long "Governor's Drive" lined with Loblolly Pines and White Dogwoods, this point has an estate-quality approach between large farm fields, as this parcel was carved out of the center of a larger, 63-acre farm. The 170-year old portion of this circa 1835 farmhouse offers random-width heart-pine floors, hand-blown glass window panes in the 6-over-6 windows, an English basement, and five original fireplaces, with chimneys that have been relined for safety. Dependencies include a detached workshop and a four-bay open-front garage. An in-ground, vinyl-lined, kidney shaped swimming pool bordered by a rose garden graces the expansive backyard lawn. However, the pool is in need of a new vinyl liner.

This unpretentious, aluminum and vinyl-clad home offers on the first floor a wide, Central Hall/Foyer, flanked by a formal Library and formal Dining Room, each with a fireplace. The Central Hall steps down to a spacious, relaxed Family Room that features picture windows framing the water views, oak flooring, and a newer brick hearth with fireplace and wood stove insert. This room started as a porch, that was expanded and enclosed in the 1950's. To the right of the Family Room, facing the River, there is a first floor Master Suite with wall-to-wall carpeting, private Bath with tub and shower, and a modest walk-in closet. To the left of the Family Room is a very spacious eat-in Kitchen, with an adjacent, sunny Home Office that has wrap-around windows and built-in cabinets with a computer desk. A grand waterfront Screened Porch opens off the Dining Area of the Kitchen and also has a door to the Family Room. Down a short flight of steps from the Kitchen is a Laundry Room plus a full Bath, which makes a convenient place to wash up after a day at the beach. The first floor has a heat pump system for central heating and cooling. There is also an oil-furnace hot-water heating system throughout the house. The tin roofing was re-painted and the flat roof over the Family Room was replaced within the last 5 years.

The original section of the house has an upstairs with Central Hall, 2 Bedrooms, and a shared Bath with shower. The Bedrooms have matching windows on the front and the back for nice cross-ventilation and they each have a fireplace. The upstairs has oil hot-water radiator heat with window air-conditioning units. There is a panel in the bathroom that opens to reveal steps to the attic that is floored and has three rooms for walk-up storage.

The English basement hosts the oil-fired furnace, the electric hot water heater, the water distillation unit, and a large utility sink with washer and dryer hook-ups. There is a concrete floor with antique brick walls; some of the bricks have been covered with mortar. There is a root cellar for storage, plus a low-ceilinged parlor with a working fireplace flanked by book cases.

The pier on the River has 3-feet MLW with 273-feet of sandy shoreline. Mature landscaping abounds with Camellia bushes, Magnolia tree, Pecans, fruit trees, an asparagus bed, a grape vine trellis, and a large, sunny garden space. There is an artesian well and an on-site sewage disposal system.

This nicely elevated knoll features well-drained, sandy loam soils and offers an easy path down to the shared beach through a gentle swale with an old road bed. Part of this old road bed, approximately 400-feet from the shoreline inward, is shared by the adjacent property owner, and it is possible to drive down to the water. There is a building restriction line placed on the adjacent property to the West, in order to maintain unobstructed sunset views from the house.

OTHER NOTES: The owner of the adjacent property has a right-of-first-refusal to buy, an easement to use a portion of the old road bed in the swale to access the beach, and an easement to share the beach for swimming, boating and like purposes. There is also an easement in gross for the existing cottage on the East to share the driveway for ingress and egress; this easment only lasts until the cottage is sold. The Listing Agents are related to the Sellers.

Exclusively Offered for $1,095,000

SOLD in May 2006 @ $1,040,000

The waterside of the house features a large screened porch. The house is set back from the River.

The expansive waterfront lawn makes a beautiful setting for weddings and family gatherings.

The fenced, private pool is deep enough to dive into at the far end, and enjoys views of the River through the rose garden. The pool needs a new vinyl liner.

The Western, upstream view from the point shows the Robert O. Norris bridge at White Stone.

Looking downstream, to the east, towards the mouth of the Rappahannock and the Bay. The pier looks far below, but there is a gentle path down an old road bed.

The pier provides a great place to raise oysters and throw your crab pots in.

The detached garage provides cover for the car and tractor and also houses the pool filter.

The view from the front of the house is very pastoral with large farm fields on either side of the driveway. The drive encompasses approximately 2 acres of land.

The sunsets over the Rappahannock can really be spectacular.
Link to photos of the first floor living areas on Page 2 
Link to photos of the bedrooms & workshop on Page 3 
Link to more photos of the grounds on Page 4 
Link to survey plats on Page 5 

For more details, feel free to call:

Bruce & Jill Anderson

Telephone: 804-436-5251

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Bruce & Jill Anderson are agents with: 
Jim & Pat Carter Real Estate, Inc. 
P.O. BOX 301 

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