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Ben Lomond Essex County Virginia Circa 1735 – A Buyer’s Perspective

Recently, I received this beautiful recommendation from Craig and Zorine Shirley, who purchased Ben Lomond in Essex County, Virginia in the 4th quarter of 2014.  It is in the Top 10 of all property sales, in 2014 in the Middle Peninsula Region.  I represented the Sellers but have loved getting to know the buyers, Craig and Zorine. They have become cherished friends and are a dynamic couple, who will be amazing stewards of this crown jewel estate on the Upper Middle Peninsula of Virginia. The following is what they have written about me, which means so much on a professional and personal level.  This is who I am.

“Karin Andrews is unlike any realtor we’ve ever worked with before. What started out as a professional relationship quickly became a warm friendship. A kind and thoughtful woman, she is a person of remarkable talents who enthralled us with her working knowledge of Ben Lomond and all of Essex County. She is, in the words of the Old South, a truly Great Lady.”


Craig and Zorine Shirley

1 bl  front view best color enhanced Ben Lomond - Circa 1730 and 1840.  Close-up of front with Entrance and Pedimented Portico.

BL center hall vignette - low res IMAG2170

Come on in the Rappahannock and the Water is fine!
Come on in the Rappahannock and the Water is fine!

Original Chimney / Exterior wall between Great Room Addition and Kitchen in 1730 Portion of this Magnificent Manor House.

Massive Entrance Portico with Limestone Stair and All Copper Roofing.

PDF Brochure
PDF Brochure

1 BL grand back view of house best 1 BL front pillars

A Client Testimonial – De Forest – Marshall, Virginia –

Last Year I worked with a wonderful couple who purchased this home in Marshall, Virginia. My clients have become lifelong friends – which is a treasure.De Forest 10 ft ceilings 92 acres built 1967 koggan

De Forest Back of house - water side

We searched the state of Virginia for two years using many brokers and the internet, looking for our perfect retirement home. We saw many homes in that period, but none met enough of our criterion. We met Karin from one of our internet finds and though the home we saw did not fit us perfectly she asked the right questions about why that was, and asked if she might be able to call us should she come across property more in keeping with our needs; character, tall ceilings, property and water. Little did we know that “should she come across” meant she would scour the state for us for many months, showing us many promising properties and finally finding exactly what we had been looking for to make Virginia our home state. We were very fortunate to find someone as diligent as Karin, never once taking us to a property she had not previewed before, and helping us with her personal resources as well as doing substantial investigations to find other local ones to help us through the critical vetting period so essential in a property of this kind. We highly recommend Karin for anyone looking for a unique Virginia property.

Lynn and Rob Koggan
Marshall, Va.