On the Market: Charlottesville July 2021 Real Estate Listings

2884 Palmer Drive, Keswick, Virginia
2884 Palmer Drive, Keswick, Virginia

With summer in full swing, longer, slower-paced days are inspiring many to seize the opportunity to reassess their surroundings before the start of a busy fall season. This month we have two gorgeous homes that exude bucolic charm, as well as land to build your dream home on. Read on to discover your next home.

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9089 Liberty Mills Road // Somerset, Virginia // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439

The details: 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 2,952 square feet, 4.47 acres
Features we love: Nestled in the countryside of Somerset, this delightful Victorian farmhouse is the quintessential family home or weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Set on the Rapidan River, on nearly 4.5 acres of rolling hills, this historic farm is steeped in history, while still providing modern conveniences.

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Keswick Country Retreat – 2884 Palmer Drive // Keswick, Virginia // Contact: Murdoch Matheson or Yates McCallum, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439 or 434.296.0134

The details: 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom, 4,118 square feet, 4.15 acres 
Features we love: Located in the charming neighborhood of Keswick Estate, this striking home was designed by renowned architectural firm, DGP Architects, and builders Element Construction. A lovely stone fireplace, coffered ceilings, herringbone brick floors and thoughtful custom built-ins throughout the home add to the overall luxury design aesthetic. Two laundry rooms, a grand primary suite complete with spacious spa-like bathroom, and walk-in closet lend an air of serenity and ease of living to this country retreat.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones List Manhattan Apartment for $21.5M

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones List Manhattan Apartment for $21.5M
Listed by Sotheby’s International Realty agent Serena Boardman

Married actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones put their Manhattan pied-a-terre up for sale this summer.  The Upper West Side property is priced at $21.5 million.

The original 15-room property was converted into 9 rooms; Zeta-Jones and Douglas commissioned Thierry Despont to design the interiors. Interior design and architecture mavens will recognize the name; Despont was the creative behind the Plaza’s Palm Court and the designer of the residential tenor of the Woolworth Building project. He was also commissioned by Calvin Klein to orchestrate the interiors of the fashion designer’s Hamptons modern.

The revision makes the library, living room and dining room one extended space; the current owners have placed a billiards table between them, and the layout puts this central living space on the park side of the unit. The residence also features a kitchen that’s a paragon of utility and optimism: bright white walls and ceilings, commercial appliances, and a sunny attached dayroom.

Glossy hardwood runs throughout the apartment, with herringbone popping up in the living room, library, and entrance gallery. The master bedroom is of course corner-positioned; its bath boasts a subtle black-on-white color scheme and an alcove tub, and a pair of walk-in closets is featured in the layout. Two additional bedroom suites and a staff room complete the accommodations.

Last year, Zeta-Jones and Douglas listed another interesting property: the couple’s 250-acre vacation estate in Mallorca. The duo’s residential acquisitions of the recent past include their 2019 purchase of a 1920s red brick mansion in Westchester.

Douglas’ upcoming projects include Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania; the Marvel superhero film also stars Paul Rudd and Michelle Pfeiffer.More info

Iggy Azalea Picks Up Hidden Hills Spread for $5.2M

Iggy Azalea Picks Up Hidden Hills Spread for $5.2M
Sale represented by Sotheby’s International Realty!

Iggy Azalea is the new owner of this revised ranch in Hidden Hills. The rap star had to shell out $5.2 million for the 5,228 sq. ft. property, which comes with five bedrooms and five baths, guest house included.

The exterior architecture and materials inject some midcentury modern elements and red brick into the façade, enough to betray the house’s early 1960’s vintage. Indoor living spaces include a gem of a living room with a fireplace flanked by French doors and series clerestories, and a cathedral ceiling accented with exposed timber.

The kitchen’s another gem, a large space with exposed beams and a combination of a pale pea-green country-house island and natural stone tinged with beiges and subtle yellows, while the dining room is given character by way of a whitewashed masonry fireplace accent wall with a raised hearth. The home’s layout puts the bedrooms in their own wing, with the master packing in a sitting room with a fireplace, a large bath with a spa-like feel, and a walk-in closet. On both floors, scraped hardwood plank is used, exclusive of the baths.

Inside the guest house, there’s a lot to like. The shared living spaces are both rustic and urbane, with modern linearity tempered by a great deal of wood, and a loft-like feel; all told, the two-level cottage would make a great studio. The 1.06 acres of grounds feature walking paths, arbors, gardens, and a stone pool and patio area.

Azalea has sold over 48 million records worldwide. Her third studio album, titled End of an Era, is expected to be released this summer.

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Home Away From Home: 5 Dreamy Summer Rentals

From a farmhouse-inspired haven in the Hamptons to a Spanish-style villa with views of Southern California beaches, these five alluring vacation rentals prove that getting away is as stylish as staying home.

Villa Delle Fontane

Pacific Palisades, California | Enzo RicciardelliSotheby’s International Realty – Pacific Palisades Brokerage

Secluded behind an ornate gate and a curtain of mature oaks, this Mediterranean-style residence is the perfect hideaway for relaxing and reveling in dramatic sunset views. Filled with a unique style that marries modern sophistication with Old World elegance, it offers formal living and dining rooms, a comfortable family room, spacious cook’s kitchen with a breakfast area, a library, and an attached guesthouse. An iron-railed balcony overlooks the property’s numerous courtyards, colorful gardens, and fountains and gazes out through the trees into the Palisades Hills.

Classic Coastal Getaway

Osterville, Massachusetts | Jennifer McCartinSotheby’s International Realty – Osterville Brokerage

Minutes from the harbor in Osterville Village, this former ship captain’s home is the quintessential New England coastal retreat. Its classically detailed interiors feature formal living and dining rooms—each with a fireplace—a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances and a delightful breakfast area, a family room, a lower-level game room, five bedrooms—including an owner’s suite with a soaking tub—and a breezy covered porch. A seemingly endless swath of glorious, lush lawn surrounds a secluded deck designed for private outdoor grilling, dining, and lounging.

Sagaponack Idyll

Sagaponack, New York | Harald GrantSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

A sense of spaciousness and light pervades this 5,900-square-foot farmhouse-inspired haven set amid the rolling greenery of Sagaponack and just minutes from Atlantic beaches. It offers a living area and kitchen with walls of windows and soaring vaulted ceilings, a den, and four bedrooms, all featuring one-of-a-kind reclaimed woodwork, fixtures, hardware, and finishes. A deck is ideal for appreciating the lush surroundings and the wide-open blue sky. Near the refreshing outdoor pool, the former chicken coop houses a 55-foot indoor lap pool and sauna.

Mediterranean Oasis in Malibu

Malibu, California | Josh SpiegelSotheby’s International Realty – Malibu Brokerage

This alluring Spanish-style villa enjoys ocean views from its location on 1.6 landscaped acres in an exclusive gated neighborhood. Highlights include four bedrooms; a gourmet kitchen; living, dining, and family rooms; and a bar—all with impeccable designer furnishings. The primary suite benefits from a private entrance and boasts a fireplace, two closets, and a generous bath with a spa tub and a steamshower. Numerous patios and a rejuvenating pool with vibrant tile allow for consummate alfresco living and entertaining.

Sleek Southampton Serenity

Southampton, New York | Holly HodderSotheby’s International Realty – Southampton Brokerage

Beyond the shingled façade of this striking contemporary Southampton retreat are impressively sleek and chic modern interiors. Oversized windows and glass doors admit lovely light and provide idyllic views throughout. In addition to open living, dining, and kitchen space—which features a fireplace, an island with counter seating, and a wine chiller—it offers three bedrooms and baths, an inviting den, and multiple enviable decks for relaxing outdoors while overlooking the sparkling heated swimming pool.

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3 Virginia Farms with Unrivaled Countryside Views


Mineral, Virginia – $7.5M

With proximity to several international airports and mid-Atlantic cities, the Gardner Farm is an expansive retreat of 1,563 acres that offers the highest degree of privacy and bucolic tranquility rural Virginia can offer! Over 3.8 miles of the South Anna River traverses the property with approximately 20 miles in trails extending through forests of poplar and oak and several unique river crossings link this private parkland with numerous potential home sites, 4 scenic ponds and a 30-acre lake.

Expansive pastoral views of hay fields and fenced paddocks, a comfortable colonial country home and an equipment shop are also included with this incredibly unique offering!

Listed by Murdoch Matheson


Keswick, Virginia – $3.95M

This idyllic, pastoral, 60+/- acre home-site, with an exquisite barn, 14 paddocks, and farmhouse is set in the heart of Keswick. The future homesite sits atop a gently rolling hill, with mountain views, a large pond and located directly across from Keswick Hall.

It is sited for a home and septic, and is perfect for a horse enthusiast! Only minutes to Downtown Charlottesville and yet maintains the best of Virginia country living, this land offers the exceptional and unique.

Listed by Frank Hardy


Sperryville, Virginia – $5.9995M

400-plus acres of rolling Rappahannock farm land surrounded by a 360 degree mountain view! This exquisite estate is comprised of a grand French Provincial manor house, two 18th century restored log cabin guesthouses, a farm manager’s house, a caretaker’s cottage, six-bay garage with additional storage, barn, stables and modern cattle production facility.

The main house overlooks a beautiful spring fed pond on one side with a pool on the other. The property is replete with wooded mountain trails for horses or ATVs, fenced fields, streams and enjoys frontage on the Hazel River. This unrivaled opportunity is within a stone’s throw of the Shenandoah National Park and nearby the town of Sperryville

Listed by Frank Hardy

ON THE MARKET: Charlottesville June 2021 Estate Listings

2551 Someday Farm Lane, Barboursville, Virginia
2551 Someday Farm Lane, Barboursville, Virginia

As the temperature rises outside, the real estate market is showing no sign of slowing down. Fortunately, there are a number of homes for sale right now that could tempt us into making a move in this fast paced market. From a stunning vineyard in Barboursville, to a downtown penthouse, take a tour of some of our favorite current real estate listings.

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Marrach – 862 Stevens Road // Troutville, Virginia // Contact: Conor Murray, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.964.7100

The details: 3 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 3 partial bathrooms, 7,963 square feet, 46.73 acres
What we love: This exquisite French Chateau-style, custom-built home sits on 46+ acres of pastoral countryside. With an expansive stone patio overlooking a five acre pond and 180 degrees unobstructed views, the home features a beautiful copper roof, reclaimed timber beams, a gourmet kitchen, and wet bar.

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2551 Someday Farm Lane// Barboursville, Virginia // Contact: Lisa Levy Payne, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 540.270.8590

The details: 5 bedrooms, 6 full and 2 half bathrooms, 14,596 square feet, 287 acres
What we love: A private country estate situated in the heart of Orange’s historic countryside, thoughtfully designed from start to finish, with gracious rooms and custom antique stone and reclaimed wood details throughout. With gorgeous gardens and grounds showcasing a stocked pond, orchard, hiking and riding trails, and two additional residences and barns, this property is a true gem.

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Stones Throw – 2141 Fox Hunt Drive // Troy, Virginia // Contact: Murdoch Matheson, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.981.7439

The details: 6 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 3 partial bathrooms, 11,427 square feet, 42 acres
What we love: Just a short drive from Charlottesville city, this stone and stucco residence was built with superb quality in construction. The interior of the home features an open floor plan with spacious rooms, high ceilings, and large windows. Enjoy mountain views and immense privacy. The property comes complete with infinity pool, pavilion, 2-stall stable, riding ring and guest quarters.

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935 Club Drive // Keswick, Virginia // Contact: Juliana Arsali, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 561.602.0207

The details: 4 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, 3,499 square feet, 2.01 acres
What we love: Keswick living at its finest. A bright and airy home, situated perfectly with mountain views and easy access to the Full Cry golf course in your backyard.

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Five Oaks Vineyard – 4574 Belle Vista Drive // Barboursville, Virginia // Contact: Maurice Covington, Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, 434.284.1334

The details: 33.09 acres
What we love: Calling all vintners! This bucolic oasis is the perfect opportunity to own your own vineyard. In the middle of Virginia’s wine country, 33-acres of stunning countryside could become your family estate. An existing barn that could double as a tasting room already exists on the property.

Welcome to the team, Eric!

We are excited to welcome Eric Rogan, a third generation native of Albemarle County, to the Frank Hardy team!

Having spent his formative years living in Free Union and later in the Rugby Avenue neighborhood in Charlottesville, Eric was able to enjoy all that the area had to offer.

From dirt biking and canoeing in the scenic countryside to walking on the downtown mall or across the UVA campus, Eric’s experiences as a youth created a deep connection to the area.

After attending St. Anne’s Belfield, Eric graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY in 2002. In 2005, Eric designed and built his home in Free Union, sparking interests in carpentry, stonemasonry and property management. Eric spent the majority of the next decade as a freelance carpenter before starting Rogan Custom Contracting, LLC in 2014. Since, Rogan Custom Contracting has been performing projects of all scales including new home construction, additions, remodels, site development, and subdividing properties. Additionally, working in construction has led to a network of reliable professionals including property surveyors, structural engineers, suppliers and contractors.

These experiences have prepared Eric for a career in real estate as he is uniquely qualified to make comprehensive home and property evaluations. With Eric at your service, buyers and sellers can be comfortable knowing that they have a knowledgeable, trustworthy agent to facilitate their goals. In his free time, Eric is likely to be working on his properties, biking or hiking with his wife and boys, attending UVA sports, or pursuing his ongoing love of golf.

Welcome to the team, Mark!

Meet Mark – the newest addition to the stellar Frank Hardy team!

Mark is a lifelong Virginian. A native of the Shenandoah Valley, he moved to Charlottesville to attend the University of Virginia, graduating with a degree in Media Studies.

Charmed by the lifestyle Charlottesville provides, Mark made the city his permanent home and has now lived in the area for a decade. Prior to real estate, he worked in the arts and nonprofit sectors, aiming to help sustain the amenities that make Charlottesville so special. 

Mark has a deep knowledge of Central and Western Virginia, the intricacies of both areas and their markets. He is dedicated to identifying clients’ specific needs and providing the highest level of service, whether they are first-time homebuyers, purchasing an investment property, or looking to downsize. 

Mark uses his calm demeanor and area expertise to achieve his ultimate goal of making the home buying process smooth and enjoyable.  

Inside Jimmy Fallon’s Unique Gramercy Park Home

In the late 1800s Manhattan, the concept of cooperative living—multiple families sharing one building—was a novelty, yet a group of developers who hit on the idea determined to move forward with it. They hired New Jersey–based architect George W. DaCunha to design an arresting Queen Anne–style building overlooking Gramercy Park, whose gates have, since 1844, been openable only by neighborhood residents in possession of a key. His ornate affair, completed in 1883, was a masterwork of redbrick, with terra cotta, brownstone, polished granite, and carved foliate accents; a mansard roof; and three of the city’s first hydraulic elevators.

In its early days, the building was home to some of New York’s socially prominent families, and by the time of its 75th anniversary, had beckoned to such Hollywood icons as James Cagney and Margaret Hamilton. Ultimately, the building and its concept would survive early skeptics, going on to be known as a distinguished paradigm of the cooperative model. No expense has been spared in the meticulous maintenance of the building over its nearly 140-year lifespan. To this day the foyer retains elements of 19th-century charm—such as stained glass, mahogany woodwork, and leaded- and beveled-glass doors—although the original elevators have been replaced.

New York, New York | Jeremy V. Stein & Debbie Korb, Sotheby’s International Realty – Downtown Manhattan Brokerage

Add to the list of luminary residents comedian, actor, singer, writer, and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, who began purchasing space in the building in the early 2000s and over the ensuing years—alongside producer Nancy Juvonen, his wife—combined four apartments on three levels into one home of impressively generous scale and delightfully whimsical and vibrant style. Throughout its 4,950 square feet—a rarity on Gramercy Park outside townhouse living—vintage elements have been painstakingly maintained and restored, perfectly harmonizing with superior fixtures and finishes, contemporary comforts and conveniences, and state-of-art smart technology, from lighting to audiovisual systems.

Occupying the seventh, eighth, and ninth floors of the building’s southwest corner, the home is appointed to the hilt with antiques and imaginative finds from around the world. In the colorful living room, 1940s wallpaper and Brooklyn Navy Yard woodwork endure alongside such modern amenities as an in-ceiling projector. In addition to an oversized island with plentiful storage and sitting space, custom cabinetry with E.R. Butler & Co. hardware, and top-caliber appliances, the cheerful kitchen features a gas fireplace with its original mantel and a walk-in soundproofed pantry.

A classical staircase unites the public spaces with the private quarters—six restful and uniquely appointed bedrooms. Perched at the top is the owner’s suite, a skylit oasis boasting a gas fireplace, a wet bar, a sitting area, a bath with a separate steamshower and soaking tub, and two well-outfitted walk-in closets. An intercom allows for easy communication between the home’s two enchanting and thoughtfully equipped playrooms.

On the eighth floor is the one-of-a-kind “saloon,” anchored by an antique bar that pays homage to the building’s provenance with its inlaid stained glass and intricate wood detailing. Striking ceiling beams and a dramatic stone fireplace contribute to a feeling of Old West warmth. Other highlights include a quiet office, a gym, and two convenient laundry rooms. Naturally, as has been the case since the earliest days of this innovative residential building, ownership conveys a coveted key to the park.

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Bette Davis’ French Normandy-Style Home in Laguna Beach Listed by SIR for $20M

Listed with Sotheby’s International Realty

The dramatic, promontory-location home in Laguna Beach owned at one time by Hollywood legend Bette Davis surfaced on the open market this spring with an asking price of $19.995 million.

The French Normandy-style house, which was completed in 1929, is a registered historic place. From the tile of the entry landing, many of the details of the home appear to be original, or sensitive period-style choices. Highlights include leaded glass French casement windows, unfinished ceiling timber — in the dining room, the raw look gives a heavy coffered job a touch of rusticity — and a couple of fireplaces voiced in keeping with the French country style.

The master terrace, accessible through sliding glass doors, looks out imperiously over its domain; the room is smallish, but luxurious in its space by way of its steeply pitched cathedral ceiling and plentiful glass taking in vistas of the Pacific. The other bedrooms are as pleasingly individual, as are their companion baths; one boasts a step-in shower, another has a framed tub.

Sporting a black-and-white checkered border for its tile floor, the cottagey kitchen is a positive gem; modestly sized and tastefully designed, one gets the feeling Julia Child would have been happy cooking here. A media room, gym, and detached guest house are the primary amenities, along with a courtyard and a private staircase to the beach.

Davis’s career spanned more than 50 years. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice.

Story courtesy of American Luxury.