A home tied to one of Richmond’s most well-known family names is on the market for the first time in 64 years.
Showings started Tuesday for 10 Bridgeway Road, a 5,700-square-foot house near the Country Club of Virginia that, for decades, was the home of Richmond retailer and philanthropist Charles G. Thalhimer, whose family was behind the former downtown-anchored department store chain.
Tucked away across River Road from CCV’s Westhampton golf course, the two-story home was listed last weekend for $1.89 million. The property is co-listed by Joyner Fine Properties’ Lynn Bugg Pritchard, Mary Davenport and Jill Plageman.
With five bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms and amenities including an elevator, a swimming pool and tennis court, the colonial-style home sits on 2.6 acres just beyond city limits in Henrico County.
The estate was assessed by the county in February for $1.16 million. (Clarification: The property includes an adjoining lot assessed at $259,200, bringing the property’s total assessment to $1.42 million.) It is currently in a trust overseen by Thalhimer’s children, Harry R. Thalhimer and Ellen T. Holland.
Harry Thalhimer said his parents, Charles and Rhoda, purchased the property in 1950 and significantly added on to the original house, which county records show was built in 1937. Over the years, he said, the home played host to numerous business-related and community gatherings.
“My folks were very active in the community,” he said. “There were always things going on there.”
Thalhimer said the home’s location is ideal for entertaining and raising a family.
“This was a home that was truly in the middle of the city but hidden in plain sight,” he said. “If you drive down River Road, you have no idea that that piece of property is there, which is a beautiful thing.”
Charles Thalhimer died last September at the age of 94. He was among the fourth generation of his family to run the Thalhimers chain of department stores, serving as vice chairman of Thalhimer Bros. Inc. until his retirement in the 1980s.
The family of retailers should not be confused with the local commercial real estate firm of the same surname, Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer. Harry Thalhimer, who is president of a local hat business, described the two families as distantly related, his grandfather a first cousin of the real estate firm’s founder.
Davenport said interest in the property has been high, with several showings scheduled this week. She said she expects prospective buyers to make repeat visits to the property, which she described as unique for its proximity to the city but location in the county.
“It’s kind of a hidden gem back here,” she said Tuesday between showings.
Harry noted features that could be a draw to families, such as a large fireplace in the living room, the swimming pool, tennis court and screened-in dining areas.
“It’s just a great family setting, inside and out,” he said. “It was a special place to live, a special place to grow up, and it really does represent a great opportunity for somebody who wants to have a wonderful environment right in the middle of the city.”