Sibling agents co-list childhood home in Windsor Farms

The Tudor-style house at 106 Tonbridge Road was built in 1928. (Photos courtesy CVRMLS)

A family of physicians and real estate agents is banding together to sell the West End home they grew up in, considered among the first to be built in Richmond’s Windsor Farms neighborhood.

Karen Stephens and Wes Atiyeh, both agents with Joyner Fine Properties, co-listed in April their family home at 106 Tonbridge Road that they are selling with their sister, Benita Miller, following the passing of their mother, Jacqueline “Jackie” Atiyeh, last year.

Karen Stephens and Wes Atiyeh

The three siblings inherited the house they grew up in with Jackie, herself a real estate agent who managed what is now the Grove Avenue office of Long & Foster, and with their father, Wasfi Atiyeh, a Richmond doctor who died in 2012.

Where Benita followed in her father’s footsteps as a periodontist with a local dental practice, Karen and Wes went the way of their mother, who opened the Westhampton office of Bowers Nelms & Fonville before it was absorbed by Long & Foster. Jackie ended her career as a senior vice president with the brokerage and served as a board president of the Richmond Association of Realtors.

Karen and Wes listed the house, a 5,000-square-foot Tudor built in 1928, April 22 with an asking price of $1.29 million. A recent city assessment valued the nearly half-acre property higher at $1.61 million, property records show.

Totaling four bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms, the two-story house was added onto over the years, with Karen’s husband, Scott Stephens of SMS Architects, designing the addition – as he did for a renovation of a neighboring house, 104 Tonbridge Road, which Wes also listed and sold in recent years.

The fruits of the family’s labors are now on display for prospective homebuyers, with several showings since April but no offers as of yet, Karen said. Undeterred, she said the house has been turning heads for decades.

The house was modeled after Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in England.

“It’s real English Tudor construction. There’s nothing small or cheap about it,” Karen said. “The walls are thick, so it’s true construction, like Agecroft Hall. And there are pieces from it from Agecroft Hall, like the fireplace in the living room.”

Built in part with materials from nearby Agecroft and Virginia House, Karen said the house was modeled after Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, the England farmhouse of the wife of William Shakespeare. She said the Tonbridge property has been featured on state garden tours and other events multiple times over the years.

Growing up there, Karen said, “A lot of times we’d see people outside sketching or drawing with an easel and a chair. A lot of artists like to come and draw the house.”

The family moved into the house in 1963; records show it was purchased that year for $43,000. Karen described the home and neighborhood as idyllic for families with young children.

“It was a great house because we could go out and play,” she said. “One of my favorite aspects is that every bedroom has its own bathroom. That was my dad’s favorite aspect when he bought the house. He was like, ‘OK, I’ve got two girls; I don’t want to wait in line.’”

The Florida room facing the backyard.

The addition extended the length of the house, which includes a Florida room with skylights and an updated kitchen. A garage was converted into a den, and Karen said Jackie had brick walls added to the front of the house.

The listing is competing for attention with other Windsor Farms-area homes currently on the market. A 6,000-square-foot house at 4605 Coventry Road is listed at just under $1.5 million, while a 4,600-square-foot home at 4309 Dover Road sold this month for $1.71 million.

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