One of the oldest rowhouses still standing in Richmond is up for grabs.
Local artist and designer Lee Baskerville is selling his Church Hill home at 2309 E. Broad St. It’s one of three rowhouses that make up Carrington Row, recognized as the earliest remaining example of attached rowhomes in the city.
The 4,700-square-foot home with five bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms hit the market Aug. 25 with a $1.65 million price tag. Baskerville, who has updated the 205-year-old home since buying it in 2004, is listing it with Compass agent Jenny Maraghy.
Maraghy said the listing has attracted interest from local and out-of-town buyers who have come out for open houses over the past week. She said two couples who toured the home on Sunday were empty nesters.
“Both were just extremely interested in the historic character and how well it’s been maintained in keeping with that era, with all the modern conveniences,” she said. “Lee is so meticulous and has taken such good care of this piece of property, and he knows so much about historic properties, it’s pretty phenomenal. I’m learning a ton.”
Maraghy wouldn’t say without Baskerville’s permission why he is selling the home, which is one of several he owns in and around Richmond. City records show he paid $475,000 when he bought the property 19 years ago. The city assessed the 0.1-acre property this year at $747,000.
An artist and painter who now focuses on architecture, art investing and “image building,” according to his LinkedIn page, Baskerville is a descendant of the founders of Richmond architecture firm Baskervill, which was started by his grandfather and great-grandfather. His great-grandfather dropped the “e” from the name, according to a Virginia Living article.
Baskerville’s home has received considerable press coverage since he bought it and brought his design touch to it. A 2013 write-up in StyleBlueprint described the home as “giving new meaning to the term ‘bachelor pad.’”
Built in 1818, the three homes that make up Carrington Row are considered among the first attached rowhouses in Richmond. The middle one that Baskerville is selling was once used as an office by Doug Wilder, the former Virginia governor and Richmond mayor.
Recognized as an example of Federal-style neoclassical architecture, the house includes original heart pine floors, woodwork and trim with hand-carved ornamental details and other period details. The house has updated systems and appliances, and amenities include formal gardens with private parking.
Carrington Row is a block west of St. John’s Church and around the block from the former 2300 Club, which was recently converted to condominiums.
The house appears to be the sole million-dollar listing on the market east of downtown. Also on the market in the city is the Ellen Glasgow House at 1 W. Main St., which is being marketed as an office or hospitality property by Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer with an asking price of $2.5 million.