HISTORIC HOME TEAM AND LONG & FOSTER REAL ESTATE OFFER
FOR AUCTION A SIGNIFICANT HISTORIC HOME
IN LURAY, VIRGINIA.
The Grand O'Flaherty House c.1868
This Classic Queen Anne Victorian served as a weekend home for the renowned
DC Immigration Advocate, Mayra O'Flaherty (died 12/23/10).
Offered at Auction with a starting bid of $250,000.
Luray, VA – September 25, 2011 - This extraordinary property is offered for auction by
Gary Gestson of Long & Foster Real Estate, in collaboration with the Historic Homes
Auction ends October 30, 2011 and bids are being accepted on-line at
“This elegant historic Victorian home is named for its most important steward,”
says Gestson, “and offers an incomparable living experience for a buyer who wants
more than just a house. It is a part of history and a tribute to fine craftsmanship that
dates back to a time when craftsmen took pride in their work, and it is located in the
beautiful Shenandoah Valley town of Luray, a trendy retreat destination two hours from
Washington, DC. A home of this significance and grandeur would be difficult to attain
at any price closer to DC and the auction presents an even more unbelievable buying
opportunity, given its attractive setting in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. ”
Nestled on a hill, with breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this grandest
of Victorian homes stands as one of the finest examples of 19th century affluent
architecture that this charming historic community of Luray, Virginia has to offer. Built
in 1868, with no expense spared by craftsmen who took pride in their work, this home
reflects a life that many could only dream of. The high ceilings and spacious rooms are
illuminated by 9’ original windows with crescent upper panes, and hanging lamps, each
with its own unique design that compliments the parlor or the library.
The wood paneling, newel post, spindles and railings are all exceptional, both in
design and execution, and the grand staircase with its wide treads and welcoming rise
reveals a second floor hallway ten feet wide and thirty feet long, perfectly suited to the
furnishings of an advantaged Victorian family, but of a scale that is both intimate and
comfortable. There is a delightful play of light on the gorgeous wood floors and horse-
hair plaster walls, peaking through doorways leading from room to room with the original
transoms and hardware crafted nearly 150 years ago.
A tribute to a bygone era, this home is steeped in history, but it is also 21st century
livable with a large modern kitchen featuring granite counters and oak cabinets,
balanced with the original built-in china cabinets and pantry, and spacious bathrooms
with all the conveniences, yet retaining their claw foot tubs. This is a home of rare and
About the Property
Address: 144 S. Court St. Luray, Virginia 22835
Style: Queen Anne Victorian c.1868
Acreage: 1.39 acres
Bathrooms: 3 full
Ceilings: 10 feet
Windows: 9 feet high with crescent top panes
Kitchens & bathrooms updated
Original hardware and doors
Grand entry hall
About Mayra O'Flaherty
Born in Managua, Nicaragua to a prominent political family, Mayra was educated
in France and Italy, and graduated from Finch College (NYC) with a degree in
interior design. After 10 years as an executive with Avianca Airlines in New York
City, she moved to Alexandria Virginia where she eventually became a partner in an
organization dedicated to the advocacy for immigrants. Her weekends were spent in
the Shenandoah Valley exercising her formidable skills as an interior designer with
a beautiful Victorian home as her artist's canvass. The rare antique furnishings were
painstakingly acquired and thoughtfully positioned in the home to evoke a bygone era
for which Ms. O’Flaherty was so enamored and this Victorian grand dame so brilliantly
*Decorations and furnishings do not convey with the home sale.
About Luray, VA
Luray Virginia & Page County – Chamber of Commerce – Excellent resource for history,
community & visitor information. (Facebook Page)
Luray,VA in the Blue Ridge Mountains, now designated “Cabin Capital of Virginia,”
is less than a 2 hour drive from the D.C. Metro area. This makes it a convenient
destination for a week long stay, a weekend, or a mid-week getaway. It was also listed
recently as “no.2″ in an article; “10 Beautiful Destination Wedding Locales in the United
States”. Jackson Hole, WY was no.1.
Luray is home to the world famous Luray Caverns and the central entry point of the
Shenandoah National Park and scenic Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just
a few miles in any direction offers you a chance to enjoy the abundance of its natural
resources and a range of activities including, camping, canoeing, cycling, fishing, golf,
hiking, horseback riding, photography or simply marveling at the scenery! Any season is
a great time to visit; each is unique and beautiful.
About the Auction
www.HistoricHomeAuction.com - A risk-free, no gavel on-line auction that offers
urgency and competition for the buyer and choices for the seller. Designed for historic
homes, this auction is effective and caters to the sensitivities of the historic home
community where stewardship is important and value is established through competitive
About Historic Homes Marketing Group
www.HistoricHomeTeam.com – A team of marketing professionals that specialize in
presenting the virtues and benefits of historic properties for sale in the market place,
including on-line auctions.
About the Agent
Gary Gestson is a certified historic properties specialist with Long & Foster Realtors.
With over $70,000,000 in historic home and estate sales, Gary Gestson is one of
the premiere Realtors for this “niche” market and was recognized by that National
Association of Realtors in 2009 for his success marketing historic homes.
Private tour and high resolution professional photos available upon request.
Images can be previewed at http://historichometeam.com/auction/auction/historic-
Certified Historic Properties Specialist
Top 50 L&F Agents MD/DC/PA/DE/NJ
Over $70,000,000 in Historic Home Sales
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