Call it downsizing, Windsor Farms style.
Having bought a smaller home – at 6,400 square feet – just a few doors down the street last November, a local couple has listed their previous residence – a 14,400-square-foot Tudor Revival-style mansion – for just under $5 million.
The 21-room home at 4603 Sulgrave Road was listed Feb. 26 for $4.95 million by Peter W. and Judy S. Brown, the same couple who bought the smaller, 17-room home at 4310 Sulgrave Road in November.
Debbie Gibbs of The Steele Group | Sotheby’s International Realty is listing the mansion for the Browns. She said the couple – he a surgeon recently retired from Virginia Surgical Associates – wanted to downsize while remaining in the West End neighborhood.
Asked about the timing of the listing after the smaller house was purchased, Gibbs said of the larger property: “They weren’t ready to put it on the market yet.”
City property records show the Browns had lived at the mansion since the mid-1980s, making this the first time the mansion has been listed in three decades.
The nearly 6.5-acre property consists of two parcels, including an unimproved lot at 4509 Sulgrave Road. The latest city assessment valued the property at a combined $2.76 million.
Overlooking the James River, the mansion consists of 11 bedrooms and the equivalent of 12 full bathrooms over four stories. Named “Garland,” the home was built in the early 1930s in a Tudor Revival style that shares similarities with the nearby Agecroft Hall and Virginia House.
“They don’t know for sure, but some of the materials that were brought over (from England) for Agecroft and Virginia House, I believe, are in this home,” Gibbs said.
Featuring architectural elements taken from English and Scottish homes of the 16th and 17th centuries, the home’s interior displays crown moulding and woodcarvings that are more than 400 years old. The house also includes multiple limestone fireplaces with patterned stonework chimneys.
The property includes an elliptical pool and gardens designed by landscape architect Charles Gillette. A slate terrace overlooks both, and the house also includes a three-car attached garage.
Gibbs said the property’s acreage is among its greatest selling points.
“The lot is wonderful,” she said. “It has over 6 acres, right in town, which is beautiful. And the quality is amazing in the house.”
Garland joins a select group of million-dollar mansions on the market. Farther west along Cary Street Road, another Tudor Revival home, owned by Bill and Pam Royall, was listed last August for $3.95 million. And in western Henrico, an 8,000-square-foot colonial-style home was listed last July for $3.5 million but has since been taken off market.
Several million-dollar mansions remain on the market on Monument Avenue. The 1913 Blair House sold earlier this month for $2.5 million. Another home at 2712 Monument was recently reduced in price to $1.65 million.