150-Acre Equestrian Estate Near Camp David for Auction

. April 30, 2010

Concierge Auctions will host a luxury real estate auction of a 150-acre equestrian estate near Camp David on June 12, announced Laura Brady, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing for Concierge Auctions.

Originally listed for $7.9 million, the estate is selling with a reserve of $3 million and a pre-sale estimate of $4 million to $5.8 million. The sale is being conducted in cooperation with Gary Gestson, a certified Historic Property Specialist with Long & Foster Real Estate.

The J. Martin Benchoff Estate is a family compound located on Old Route 16 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, only a 90-minute drive from both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, and 3 hours from Philadelphia. The grandest of the estate’s four residences, a 15,000-square-foot custom home built of native stone, is surrounded by magnificent grounds with spectacular views.

“This is a rare opportunity for the discerning buyer to own one of the last great estates within easy reach of Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia,” Gestson stated. “Its storied history, unique beauty and recreational attributes render the J. Martin Benchoff Estate a truly incomparable property.”

Known for its scenic vistas and lush rolling pastures, the renowned private hilltop estate rests 1,000 feet above sea level with stunning 50-mile views of the historic Pennsylvania/Maryland Cumberland Valley. The property offers a rare blend of mature forest, impeccably maintained for over a century and stocked with indigenous wildlife including whitetail deer, wild turkey and small game for the outdoorsman or hunter. There is also an equestrian facility with stables and outbuildings and a working farm on the property, and access to the Appalachian Trail is an estimated 100 yards away.

The main house features five bedrooms, seven baths, spacious grand rooms with multiple fireplaces, two fully equipped kitchens, and a master suite with a Jacuzzi room and separate redwood sauna. The great room on the lower level can accommodate more than 100 people for entertaining and includes a wet bar, spacious kitchen with wine cellar, and a library with built-in bookshelves. A flagstone patio wraps around the house to an in-ground swimming pool with pool house and a fenced tennis court.

“Following our successful auction of historic Tulip Hill in Harwood, Maryland on April 10, we are pleased to represent another one of the most premier properties in the Mid-Atlantic Region,” Brady stated. “Any buyer seeking an active, sporting lifestyle with complete privacy and the utmost in luxury should take notice of The J. Martin Benchoff Estate.”

The auction of the J. Martin Benchoff Estate on Old Route 16 in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 11am EDT. Attendance will be limited to registered bidders and their representatives. The estate is available for preview daily from 3pm to 6pm and by appointment. View Terms and Conditions of Sale for full details. For more information, visit www.BenchoffEstateAuction.com or call 877-217-2001.

About J. Martin Benchoff (1927-2007): J. Martin Benchoff was an industrialist and big game hunter, and a life long resident of the Waynesboro area. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1954 began his career at Grove Manufacturing Company in Shady Grove, PA as a farm wagon salesperson. He went on to become President in 1969 when the company was purchased by Walter Kiddle and Co. He became Chairman of the Board in 1980 and then Chairman Emeritus in 1988 after Grove became part of Hanson Industries. Together with Grove’s founders, John Grove, Dwight Grove and Wayne Nicarry, he took Grove Manufacturing from a small regional producer of farm equipment to the leader of the international mobile hydraulic crane market. Benchoff ‘s contributions to the local community were significant. He was a founder of the Waynesboro Day Care Center, a benefactor of the Waynesboro Y.M.C.A., and most importantly a creator of jobs. He served on the Board of Directors of the former First National Bank of Waynesboro, presently M&T Bank, and the Waynesboro Hospital Board of Directors. He was a member of many clubs and organizations ranging from Metropolitan Club of New York to the Blue Ridge Sportsman Club. The greatest passion in Benchoff ‘s personal life was big game hunting, which he pursued throughout the world. Although he took many exceptional trophies in a lifetime of hunting, his proudest achievement was a stone sheep taken in British Columbia and two dall sheep from the Yukon Territory, which placed high in the Boone and Crocket record book. Like all true hunters, he was first and foremost a conservationist who always looked for the most mature animal to harvest.

About Concierge Auctions: Concierge Auctions is the preeminent luxury real estate auction firm serving high-end sellers nationwide. A leading provider of services for individual and institutional owners of luxury residential real estate, Concierge Auctions is revolutionizing the industry by offering an accelerated marketing process that obtains fair market value for high-end properties in a determined time frame. Building on a centuries-old method for selling the finest art and antiquities, the company combines the latest technologies and marketing programs with experienced personnel to generate the maximum value for the most premier properties in an open, competitive forum. As a preferred auction provider to Sotheby’s International Realty® and other luxury brokerage firms, the company has executed auctions throughout the country, from New York to Hawaii. The company’s database includes more than 30,000 luxury real estate buyers and agents from all 50 states and 38 countries and territories. The principals of Concierge Auctions have been involved in the transfer of more than $2 billion in luxury real estate sales over the past 10 years. For more information, call 888-966-4759 or visit www.ConciergeAuctions.com

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