The Bell House

 Includes Home, Guest House (Income-Producing Rental), and Detached Garage on .68 acres
Zoned B-1 (Central Business District) for Residential or Business Use
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Back view of home

On the market for the first time, this stately 1809 Federal-style home is in the heart of Winchester’s Historic District.  It occupies a prominent location in the central business district, surrounded by the Winchester-Frederick County Judicial Center, Winchester City Hall, Frederick County offices, banks, and churches.  It is one block east of the Old Town pedestrian mall, with shops, restaurants, and other businesses.

Built by John Bell and occupied by the Bell family for five generations, the home and its owners have played a central role in Winchester’s history and development.  The home is included in The Story of One Hundred Old Homes in Winchester, Virginia.  It is also pictured in Images of the Past and in Winchester: Limestone, Sycamores & Architecture.  The contributions of four generations of the Bell family are recognized in Some Worthy Lives: Mini-biographies, Winchester and Frederick County.

The Bell House has attracted numerous visitors over the years.  As the home of Winchester’s former mayor, it has hosted a wide variety of dignitaries and famous people, including the Mayor of Winchester, England; national and state legislators; Ed Sullivan; Mary Tyler Moore; and Margaret Mead.  It has been featured during Virginia’s Historic Garden Week and the Preservation of Historic Winchester’s Holiday House Tour.  In addition, it has been the site of official events for the city’s annual Apple Blossom Festival.  City walking tours currently share the home’s fascinating Civil War history with area visitors.

Bell House Guest House

Guest House at the Bell House

Included on the property is a lovely two-story Guest House (110 North Cameron Street) that served as the home’s original kitchen.  The front of the Guest House was added in 1916, when the building was converted into a dwelling.  It currently serves as a congressman’s constituent services office.

The property also includes a detached two-car brick garage behind the home and Guest House.

The Grounds

Front wall

Front Wall

Passersby frequently stop to gaze up at this impressive three-story brick home overlooking Cameron Street.  From the brick-paved sidewalks at street level, they admire the old limestone retaining wall that runs the entire length of the property.  Beyond the wall, the ivy-covered lawn rises to a border of tall boxwood and a brick sidewalk encircling the home.

The home and Guest House overlook a beautiful back yard with a canopy of mature trees.  The lovely formal garden, with brick pathways, boxwood, roses, and an array of perennials, provides a breathtaking palette of color throughout the year.

 The Home

Front Porch

Front Porch

The home has a handsome Greek Revival front porch supported by Ionic columns; a stone masonry foundation; and a gabled metal roof.  The small enclosed rear porch has glass windows on three sides.  There is a ground-level entrance on the south side of the building, leading into the front hall of the first floor.  The home’s three levels and the basement are each about 1,400 square feet.  The three main levels have central air conditioning and natural gas, hot water radiator heat.  The first and second floors have ceiling heights of about 10 feet; there are three fireplaces, extensive crown molding and chair rail, and lovely chandeliers.  The windows are large, with deep sills and detailed trim work.  Walls and most ceilings are plaster.  On the second and third floors, there are eight bedrooms and two full baths.  The third floor includes an additional sink and plumbing for an additional toilet.  The unfinished basement has internal and external entrances, windows, four rooms with concrete or wood floors, a full bath, a laundry area, a workbench, and a cast iron stove.  The unfinished attic has permanent stairs and a substantial storage area.

The Guest House

Conference Room in the Guest House

Conference Room in the Guest House

The attractive two-story brick Guest House (110 North Cameron Street) has been a reliable revenue-producing property with an excellent rental history.   The building is over 1,500 square feet, with a columned front porch and a shingle roof.  The front door opens to a front office with large windows and hardwood floors.  The office leads into a long conference room with extensive shelving and tall windows overlooking the garden.  The second floor has three offices (or bedrooms) and a full bath.  The upstairs offices have hardwood floors and overlook the garden.  The building has natural gas, forced-air heat and central air conditioning.


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