Two eras separated by a century collide in a house in Germantown, Maryland. On the market for $ 1.25 million, the residence is an intriguing mix of the 1850s and 1950s.
“There are very few houses that have historical significance that have been meticulously updated and then come up with an eight-car garage and restaurant. It is an unusual property. It’s one of a kind, ”says Meredith Margolis, the agent co-listing with Molly peter.
Built in 1850, the house is a beautifully restored Victorian. The detached garage offers ample room for any gearbox – as well as something quite unexpected: an immaculate 1950s restaurant.
The resulting list photos have generated interest across the web.
“The house itself is extraordinary and special,” says Margolis. “Then when you start looking at those photos of the eight-car garage with the restaurant, it’s amazing how they got married.”
The current owners bought the house in 2004 and have restored it to pristine condition, with period pieces and modern amenities. It’s sort of a local landmark, and curious people can’t wait to see the results of the renovations.
“At one point, everyone passed [the house] and was intrigued by it. This is the first time it’s been on sale in its beautiful condition, ”says Margolis.
Known as the John Hanson Gassaway House, the residence measures 3,725 square feet, with three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
“When you experience it, it brings great joy. You can see the joy the current owners felt living there, because they loved it and took care of it and updated it, ”says Margolis. “It’s a Victorian classic. One of the vendors has always loved the Victorian era. It’s not kitsch. It is actually beautiful and elegant.
Furniture is not included in the list price but could be negotiated in an agreement.
The house spans nearly 7 acres and has several outbuildings, the largest of which houses the eight-car garage and restaurant.
“The owners both come from a family of cars and are passionate about cars. He thinks the best decades were the 50s and 60s for American making – and probably rock and roll, ”says Margolis.
Margolis told us that she was taken aback on her first visit to the property.
“The garage door opened and my mouth fell. It’s in immaculate condition, and there are also some historic cars there, ”she says. “It’s like the movie ‘Cars’ comes to life.”
Transporting a visitor back six decades, the beautifully curated dining room features black-and-white checkered floors and aqua blue furnishings suited to the era.
“I’ve always loved that time, so for me, I went crazy. I was completely in love, ”says Margolis.
Since most of the furniture is built in, the restaurant comes with the house.
“It’s a great party space, as are all grounds,” says Margolis, adding that a couple once asked the owners if they could get married on the property. “They said yes. It’s just dreamy.