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$ 459,000

Listing No. 35916

c. 1860 Colonial
Centreville, MD

Rectory Hill

The Rectory Hill property, with its origins believed to date back to 1779, holds a rich history in the early development of Historic Centreville. Driving up the front circular drive you will love this impressive two-story frame three bay colonial featuring elegant architecture and welcoming portico with balcony.

Upon entering the home, though the unique front door to the west wing is the study offering a wood-burning fireplace, exposed beams, custom knotted pine paneling, a bright and cozy sitting area and access to the afternoon terrace. The central foyer with what is thought to be the original staircase serves as a central connecting point to the other downstairs rooms.

The formal drawing room awaits, with a wood-burning fireplace, opening to a bright sunroom, and access to the Morning terrace in the East Wing. The formal dining room has access to the morning terrace, connects with the kitchen, a powder room, and access to the afternoon terrace. Off the kitchen is a breakfast/ mudroom with brick floor and wood burning fireplace with backdoor for easy access to the outside.

Upstairs, you will find three spacious bedrooms one of which offers an ensuite bath. The other two bedrooms have convenient access to the large full bath. Lovely hardwood floors throughout the main living areas.

This beautiful home overall offers exceptional comfort for everyday living. The house has undergone several transformations, reflecting the passage of time and the influence of its dedicated owners. In 1863, the house served as a rectory for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. During this period, a wing was added to the rear contributing to the distinctive cruciform shape of the home. Notable Centreville families, including the McKenny’s, have left their mark on the property as evidenced by the lock on the front door.

Judge William Raymond Horney made substantial enhancements to the property in the 1920s, adding wings to both sides of the original structure and designing the beautiful formal gardens. Despite the belief that portions of the house was initially built in late 1700’s, the Maryland Historical Survey and Inventory, state a construction date of 1860, a common discrepancy in historic property records.

The property sits on a private hill of 1.34 acres ensuring a sense of seclusion and tranquility. Mature trees encircle the property offering a natural screen for privacy. Terraced gardens adorned with beautiful camellias and perennials, a garden house and multiple terraces grace the expansive lawn creating a beautiful landscape.

This property is a treasure for those who appreciate and value the preservation of history and architectural heritage. Property zoned R-2, potential option for a B&B. Visit the Maryland Historical Trust to learn of tax saving benefits.

This property is being sold through an Estate. This property is being 'Sold As Is.' Please note that there is a underground oil tank and evidence of knob and tube wiring. Agent must accompany all showings, so please allow ample time to schedule showings. Private Drive, No Drive-Bys Please.
Bedrooms: 3
Full Bath(s): 2
Half Bath(s): 1

Heated Sq. Ft.: 2,662
Stories: 2

Acres: 1.340

Contact the Agent directly.

Norma Coursey photo Norma Coursey

Mobile: 410-490-1307
Broker: 443-988-0483

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  • Breakfast Room
  • Dining room
  • Foyer
  • Kitchen
  • Living room
  • Study
  • Sunroom
  • Unfinished Basement
  • Circular driveway
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Storage Building
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • 3 Fireplaces
  • Wood floors
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Cast Iron Radiators
  • French doors
  • Plaster Walls
  • Ripple Glass
  • Transoms
  • Vintage Hardware
  • Vintage Light Fixtures
  • Balcony
  • Beamed ceilings
  • Formal Drawling Room and Dining Room
  • Formal Gardens and Three Terraces
  • Garden shed
  • Gardens
  • Kitchen
  • Knotty pine paneling
  • Mud room
  • Parlor
  • Private Hill sense of Seclusion
  • Three Bay Colonial Elegant Architecture
  • Welcoming Portico with Balcony

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