A Herndon antebellum house that was moved in 2012 so a subdivision of new Arts and Crafts-style homes could be built around it has been renovated and is now for sale.
According to Carol Bruce, president of the Herndon Historical Society, the house, known as the Payne/Yount House, predates the Civil War and so far has had three owners.
“It originally was built as a summer house for a wealthy resident of the District around 1850,” Bruce said. “It was sold in 1861 to Ephraim Yount; the Younts were one of the first farming families in Herndon.”
According to Fairfax County records, World War II veteran Col. Carl Payne bought the house from the Younts in 1968 and sold it and the accompanying two-acre property to Lawrence Doll Homes in 2006 for about $2 million.
Lawrence K. Doll is the owner and founder of Fairfax-based Lawrence Doll Co., a real estate development company formed in 1980. In 1995, Doll started Lawrence Doll Homes, which constructs semi-custom houses that often are tailored to the communities in which they are built.
The company has constructed other subdivisions within Herndon, including Heritage Chase and Heritage Chase II.
In 2012, Lawrence Doll Homes moved the Yount house about a hundred feet from its original location, to 820 Monroe St., within a site for a new development called Monroe Hills, which Doll planned to build.
Today, the Monroe Hills subdivision is complete with just 10 homes, including the Yount home.
“We are asking $750,000,” said real estate agent Kate Dolby of Keller Williams Realty, which represents Lawrence Doll Homes. “We are very proud of all the renovations that have kept the spirit of the original home but with updated modern conveniences.”
Inside the home, which is located within one of Herndon’s historic districts, many original Victorian details remain: original wood flooring, staircase, tin roof and rough-hewn support beams.
“We have also included several period pieces such as doors and other touches that are true to the time period,” Dolby said. “The original home was probably about 700 square feet and then had been added to later. We expanded it further by adding a finished basement. It currently is just under 4,000 square feet and has six bedrooms, three full baths and dual-level central heating and air as well as many other modern conveniences; all while retaining the original character of the home.”
Moira Wait, who purchased a new home in the subdivision last November, says she is proud to have the Yount house in her neighborhood. “It pays homage to the history of the town of Herndon and shows a respect for architecture in general,” she said.
Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel, who lives down the street from the Monroe Hills subdivision, said the preservation of the Yount home was also important to her and to the town.
“The character of the homes in the historic district draws many people to the Town of Herndon,” she said. “Saving and restoring this home was important to the town, and Doll Homes took great care to make it happen.”