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Gary Gestson

Gary Gestson

Name | Gary Gestson
Email | gary@historichometeam.com
Cell Phone | (301) 646-0046
Office Phone | (301) 975-9500 ext. 4604
Company | Historic Home Team - Long & Foster
Address | 1089 Kentlands Blvd

City | Gaithersburg
State | Maryland
Zip Code | 20878
About | Gary grew up in Washington State. He graduated from the University of Maryland (1979) with a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Art. He taught drawing, painting and art education at the University, before venturing into a 20+ year career as an art dealer. He is an accomplished equestrian and horse owner, and has lived in the Washington, DC area for 37 years. In 2002, Gary became a Realtor. In 2006, Gary achieved the status of “#1 Top Producing Agent” in one of the top 10 offices of the largest privately held real estate company (243 offices, 16,000 agents) in America, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. He is consistently in the top 100 agents company-wide and is honored as one of the top 5% of Realtors in North America. Gary is a certified historic properties specialist and sees enormous similarities between historic homeowners & art devotee’s, both understand and relish the intangible nature of things. Gary believes that... "A historic home's true value can only be ascertained with specialized marketing that shares its virtues and benefits in a manner that compells a prospective buyer to act. It is the understanding of the unique nature of a historic home that bonds the buyer to it. When asked, most historic home owners will tell you that they fell in love with their homes at first sight. Successful historic home marketing has to facilitate and amplify that experience, while minimal traditional real estate marketing does not even begin to satisfy that need."



Historic Layton House c.1793

7000 Brink Road Laytonsville, , 20882
  • 2,636 sq ft
  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths

The Historic Layton House c.1793 One of the most significant historic homes in Montgomery County, the Layton House, was built by the uncle and aunt of John S. Layton, the first postmaster in the northern part of the county. The town was eventually named Laytonsville for the postmaster. A magnificent formal brick structure for the time, the Layton House was the first house built in the area and was the center of the bustling community of Cracklintown (now Laytonsville). Today, Laytonsville is a charming Montgomery County historic district and a gateway to farms and horse pastures that once dominated the landscape, yet close to shopping, schools, entertainment and the Shady Grove METRO. With high ceilings, grand entry hall, 4 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, gorgeous wood floors and beautiful historic detailing, this historically designated home, offers a rare opportunity


Historic Pleasant Hill c.1761

Pomfret, , 20675
  • 3,035 sq ft
  • 4 beds
  • 5 baths

Historic Pleasant Hill c.1761 This is a gorgeous, historically significant 4.5 acre estate with modern amenities, woods & creek in Charles County, close to Baltimore & DC. The house includes a modern addition designed to blend beautifully with the 18th century original structure and is a perfect melding of modern & historic, with a gourmet kitchen, 4 full BA\’s, powder room, in ground pool, brick patios, and original wood floors and fireplaces. This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction. Maryland Historical Trust Pleasant Hill is as an outstanding example of a Tidewater house. The structure retains integrity of form and materials, especially the intact Flemish-bond brick of the original structure. The setting of the house, surrounded by a wooded ravine, retains its historical associations. The west wing and hyphen, constructed in 1992 are of an architectural


Historic Holland-Claggett Farm c.1830

2240 Brighton Dam Road Brookeville, , 20833
  • 3422 sq ft
  • 3 beds
  • 1 baths

Historic Holland-Claggett Farm c.1830 This is an extraordinary restoration opportunity in historic Brookeville Maryland. Considered one of Montgomery County’s most significant historic farms, beautiful historic Holland-Claggett Farm includes 11.36 private acres, house, a tenant house and a caretaker’s ranch house, pastoral views, rolling fields, mature woods and adjoins a park. The house, with the original detailing, and out-buildings are in need of restoration & designated by Montgomery County for preservation. Set on a hill overlooking Hawlings River Valley, this is a rare opportunity to restore a historic estate, a horse farm, or family compound, just minutes from downtown DC. HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE Maryland Historic Sites Inventory This farm house overlooking the lovely Hawlings River Valley between Brookeville and Brighton is associated with the Holland family, who first bought land in the area from Richard Simmons in 1742. Grafton Holland, who is


Historic Farmette c. 1803

1089 Baust Church Road Union Bridge, , 21791
  • 2,654 sq ft
  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths

Historic Farmette c. 1803 This beautifully restored/renovated historic log home c.1803, located just outside of Uniontown, is a wonderful blend of modern amenities and historic detailing, including a great room with 20\\\\\\\’+ exposed beam ceiling & balcony overlook, master bedroom suite, and exposed log walls, fireplaces with wood mantels, gorgeous original wood floors and a converted spring house office. The farmette includes 2 pastures, barn/stables, outbuildings & one sub-division potential. Featured on HGTV – We Bought The Farm (Season Two, Episode 3), \\\\\\\”A Maryland Country Estate For Eight\\\\\\\”. This property is called Lazy \\\\\\\”R\\\\\\\” Farm in the episode. ABOUT THE PROPERTY The approach to this unique home is a long tree-lined driveway following a board fence pasture. A beautiful modern brick addition on the back and side of the original log home and tasteful landscaping greet a visitor while a welcoming spacious patio offers access


Historic Shay House c.1794

101 E. Main Street Sharpsburg, , 21782
  • 3,863 sq ft
  • 7 beds
  • 2 baths

The Historic Shay House c.1794 This is an exquisite home located on the Sharpsburg town square, near Antietam Battlefield. During the Civil War, this extraordinary 3 story, 7 bedroom home operated as a tavern and later as the City Hotel. Now a tastefully restored and renovated residence, with a prime location & an abundance of commercial potential, this is a home of rare & beautiful distinction. This property has had a colorful history and reflects the life and times of the town of Sharpsburg. One of the earliest buildings in Sharpsburg, it was a residence built of brick & stone on the main public square. At the time of Civil War, it was Elie Wade’s Tavern, selling whiskey to soldiers for $5.00 a canteen. During the battle of Antietam, it was used as a hospital. Post


Historic Maryland Avenue House c.1924

19 Maryland Avenue Gaithersburg, , 20877
  • 1,804 sq ft
  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths

Historic Maryland Avenue House  c.1924 This is a storybook Historic American Four Square with Queen Anne detailing in desirable Montgomery County Maryland close to parks, shopping & entertainment. Located in Gaithersburg’s historic Realty Park, this home is a wonderful blend of historic detailing and modern amenities, including beautiful wood floors, original moldings, fireplace with wood mantel, window seat & wrap around porch, as well as, a spacious updated kitchen, 3.5 modern bathrooms, central air conditioning, insulated windows and vinyl siding. Built nearly 100 years ago, by craftsmen that took pride in their work, this home features a full walk up attic suitable for storage or finishing and a finished basement with a family room (or 4th bedroom), full bathroom, den, utility room & laundry room. The current owners have maintained and improved this classic home with respectful longevity in


Historic Welsh Farm c.1896

2963 Lonesome Dove Road Mount Airy, , 21771
  • 3,582 sq ft
  • 5 beds
  • 2 baths

Historic Welsh Farm c.1896 This versatile historic property is located in Mount Airy near to 1-70 & Westminster with easy access to downtown DC and Baltimore. Beautifully positioned in a private setting, the property backs to park land, making it feel much larger than its 3.28 acres, and includes 5 bedrooms, large country kitchen, spacious living room & family room, mud room & bonus office/den, main-level laundry, a master-suite with whirlpool bathtub, sun room, wrap around front porch, a fully-owned solar array for all electricity needs, a large bank barn and a 2 car attached garage – plus for the car collector, garages & carports for an additional 18 cars, or for the equestrian, the property can have 2 horses – this property is ideal for a home business requiring lots of storage or automobiles, a landscaper, or a family that wants a low


Historic Kroh Farm c.1880

3831 Lineboro Road Manchester, , 21102
  • 2232 sq ft
  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths

This gorgeous historic stone home is set amid lush, low maintenance gardens on 10 acres of mostly wooded hillside near the Pennsylvania line in Carroll County. The stone house and cottage/spring house have been beautifully restored and thoughtfully modernized to include re-pointed stone walls, original wood floors, fireplaces with wood mantels, spacious master bathroom, finished attic with skylights, stainless steel kitchen appliances, a potential basement in-law suite with a full bathroom, and a cozy cottage-spring house with kitchen, bathroom & bedroom. This is a versatile property with a large bank barn, 6 bay garage, additional outbuildings and a spring fed pond, this is a home of rare and beautiful distinction, near to Baltimore & DC, yet a world away.   Featured on HGTV – We Bought The Farm (Season Two, Episode 3), \\\”A Maryland Country Estate For Eight\\\”.   Potential Uses: Private


Historic Greystone Manor c.1831

1088 Bramly Drive Hagerstown, , 21742
  • 6,300 sq ft
  • 5 beds
  • 4 baths

Historic Greystone Manor c.1831  This extraordinary home is a 6,300SF+ partial stone manse on nearly 2 acres with an inground pool, private back yard with woods, 5+ bedrooms – including 2 suites, a grand living room & spacious recreation room (attached converted carriage house), an over-sized 2 car garage and more. A unique blend of historic detailing and modern amenities, this beautifully restored home features original wood floors, an Italian marble mantel, 2 staircases, including a curved main staircase, front & back porches, and a large kitchen with a 5 burner gas cook top.  This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction, close to schools, shopping & entertainment, and near to DC & Baltimore, yet a world away. VIDEO WALKING TOUR History of Greystone Manor Two main rooms were built in 1830. What is now the dining room was the family’s private

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