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Location: Keswick, Virginia
The Skinny: This lovely home in one of the loveliest parts of Virginia dates from 1764 and, according to the delightfully cornpone brokerbabble, "George Washington trod its hallways and James Madison danced in the parlor to the fiddle playing of Thomas Jefferson." On the question of whether the tune Jefferson scratched out on his catgut strings was "Yankee Doodle" or that other popular favorite "The Rich Lady Across the Sea" the listing is silent, but no doubt a super patriotic time was had by all. The estate, which is just a short buggy ride from Monticello, is known as Castle Hill, and features buildings from both the 18th and 19th centuries, with modern updates including a new horse barn and a chef's kitchen. The main house has five bedrooms and six bathrooms across 8,500 square feet, with the outbuildings spread out over 601 acres. It's asking $11.5M, which is exactly 25 percent over its going price when it last sold in 2010.