By Carol Joynt of New York Social Diary, Courtesy of Washington Fine Properties
The Brick House was built for Paul Mellon and his first wife, Mary Conover Brown, in the early 1940s, by William Adams Delano. After a year on the market at $70 million for 2,000 acres of prime Virginia hunt country land, with a Georgian mansion and a jet landing strip, the Upperville estate of Paul and Bunny Mellon has not sold. The property was shown to 8 buyers, including three who returned for second looks, and one for a third, but none made an offer. The Mellons real estate and legal overseers have decided, and confirmed to New York Social Diary exclusively, that they now will break up the property and sell it in a dozen parcels. “We have made a decision to move now to speak with parties who have expressed an interest in parts of the property, and those include neighbors,” said Tom Anderson of Washington Fine Properties, who announced the listing last August. He said these interested parties, forming something of a wait list, have been in touch directly with him and executor Alex Forger, asking “if there was a time when portions of it would be available would we inform them.” Back in the day, Mrs. Mellon arriving on her jet at Rokeby.