102 North Plum Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Fabulous small block of four rowhouses with ownership of a private park!
This unique  property has 2,337 finished sq ft including 3 bedrooms and
3 bathrooms, renovated with exquisite custom work, plus a spectacular
outdoor entertaining area that makes you feel as if you were on an island resort.

There is nothing like this elsewhere in the City!


LEGAL: 14.75 x 115.00
BUILT  IN: 1892
HVAC: Rheem Criterion II gas furnace with Lennox air conditioner
HOT  WATER: Whirlpool gas hot water heater
SQUARE  FOOTAGE: 2,337 finished; 137 unfinished storage
TAXES: $4032 for 2015


FIRST  FLOOR  DESCRIPTION  - 10’ ceiling height

Exterior Entrance: Charming rowhouse exterior with own egg-and-dart design wrought iron fenced and gated front yard/garden bed. Plantings include azaleas, camellias, Chinese yew, and hosta. Brick walkway from sidewalk to brick steps to  front door. Hose outlet beside steps to front door. Hand-hewn edged limestone lintel over front 3-light transom, louvered storm door with brass mailslot and raised panel main front door. Flag holder. Perfect corner location with southern exposure for plenty of sunlight as well as easy access to the City alley. Brass Fan District historical plaque attests to the year of construction. Mature trees also add to the ambiance of this coveted block.

Great Room:   33’3 x 13’10” ~ Sandy Bond was the architect for the sweeping renovation of this house in 1984. The current owners have further enhanced the property with inspiration from their travels. There are multiple seating areas around the two fireplaces, both with brick hearths and surrounds, one gas with a mantel and bellied frieze and dentil detail and the second wood-burning with a French country bolection oak mantel and featuring a wood stove insert. Both fireplaces have been re-lined. On either side of the first fireplace there is a pair of recessed floor-to-ceiling 4’9” wide bookcases with cabinets below. Beside the second fireplace is a recessed floor-to-ceiling 3’6” wide bookcase. The front of the house boasts an 6’5” wide pair of 7’3” tall windows with plantation shutters . Between the fireplaces is an Andersen double-pane window with plantation shutters above a windowseat with hinged lid to its storage compartment. Versatile lighting and furniture placement is assured by four floor outlets. The exposed beams, industrial chic ductwork, and George Kovacs contemporary track lighting system with pendant fixtures, all on rheostats, are a deliberate counterpoint to the exposed brick wall and the random width heart pine floor. 10-light French doors with an 8-light transom and reclaimed hardware from Caravati’s access the Breakfast Area. Open to the Kitchen. Contemporary open staircases to the Lower Level and to the Second Floor have Douglas fir treads and steel cable railings that also edge part of the Great Room. There is also a step-on light switch for the convenience of immediate lighting at the top of the staircase to the Lower Level and another at the bottom of the staircase to the Second Floor.

KitchenKitchen:  20’ x 13’10” ~ Highlighted by the Designs in Wood custom  6’2” x 3’6” white oak island, topped with a hand-rubbed restaurant quality food-grade zinc and with nail-head trim, this spectacular island includes a GE Monogram smooth-top induction cooktop (faster than gas!)  with assorted sizes of burners, a GE Monogram vent hood, six drawers for storage, large shelf below, and two hidden electrical outlets (one on each end).

The Designs in Wood custom cabinetry has beaded inset doors, multiple pull-out storage cabinets, corner Lazy Susan with non-slip surface and rounded rear wall specially designed so nothing falls out, all with soft close hinges and drawer slides.  There is a 2-tiered knife drawer as well as a wide 2-tiered cutlery drawer. Three cabinets have fluted glass fronts. Convenient vertical tray cabinet over the wall ovens. The old world craftsmanship continues with the Franke “fireclay” farm sink, the honed finish Carrara marble counters with pencil round edging, and the honed finish white subway tile backsplash. Kohler brushed nickel fixtures including contemporary swing spout faucet, filtered water dispenser, and InSinkErator disposer button. Over the sink is a 16-light window with plantation shutters which overlooks the extraordinary outdoor entertaining area. Undercounter lights have both “entertainment” and  “working”  light levels. Contemporary George Kovacs track lighting.

KitchenWall ovens include a GE Monogram Advantium oven (microwave or regular) and a GE Monogram convection oven. Center chalkboard for the day’s current menu is built in. Stainless steel brushed finish Miele refrigerator-freezer has bottom pull-out freezer drawer. Floor-to-ceiling stacked pair of wide pantry pull-out cabinets with edge guard on all shelves. Beverage Bar with honed finish Carrara marble counter and honed finish white subway tile backsplash features a Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, drawer for utensils, and a pull-out liquor storage cabinet. Above the Bar are a pair of wall cabinets with fluted glass fronts.

Breakfast Area has beadboard wainscoting and six French slider windows all with plantation shutters. Track lighting in this area has three George Kovacs pendant fixtures. 10-light French doors with an 8-light transom and reclaimed hardware from Caravati’s open to the Great Room. Kitchen ceiling is beadboard with recessed LED lights. Floor is Mexican handmade 12” tiles, set on the diagonal. Rear door to the outside is a Thermatru Smoothstar with a Sedona black nickel decorative glass insert, nickel hinges.

SECOND  FLOOR  DESCRIPTION ~ 9’ ceiling height

Hall:  9’ x 7’ ~ Soaring exposed brick wall. Dominated by the large skylight, the charm of this floor is enhanced by the antique bronze 3-light chandelier with acanthus and fleurette trim. Doors to Second Bedroom at the front of the house, First Full Bath, and Master Bedroom Suite with Second Full Bath at the rear of the house. Smoke detector. Tall multiple member baseboard moulding. Random width heart pine floor.

Second Bedroom (Front):   13’8” x 11’6” ~ Wood-burning fireplace with brick hearth, surround, and chimney breast with wooden mantle.  Pair of windows with plantation shutters. Double doors to floor-to-ceiling closet with rods and built-in shelving, storage above. Ceiling light is on a rheostat. Tall multiple member baseboard moulding. Random width heart pine floor. Please note: Ceiling light fixture has sentimental significance to owners and does not convey; they will, however, have Buyer’s fixture installed, if supplied before walkthrough.

BathroomFirst Full Bath:   7’9” x 6’6” ~ Reclaimed raised panel working pocket door with reclaimed hardware, from Caravati’s. Lefroy Brooks pedestal sink, imported from England, with Restoration hardware “Lugarno” nickel hardware. Pair of pearlized glass antique bronze sconces. Recessed medicine cabinet by Designs in Wood. New Andersen double-paned window with screen, Toto “Guinevere” toilet with wooden seat, nickel double towel rack, “train” rack with three towel hooks below, and double robe hook. Honed finish subway tile shower with Delta hardware, including “sunflower” stationary shower head and a Euro-style hand-held shower head, as well as a “Starfire” glass door (famed for repelling water), inset shampoo shelf, inset soap shelf, and hexagonal tile floor.  Whitewashed bead-board ceiling with recessed lights. All lights on rheostat. Vent fan with multiple timed settings. Tall multiple member baseboard moulding. Ceramic hexagonal tile floor.

BedroomMaster Bedroom (Rear):   22’3” x 13’10” irregular ~ Wood-burning fireplace with brick hearth and surround. Custom media center with a 2-wire chase, space above fireplace for up to a 50” tv. Venetian-style hand-painted overhead light fixture. Pair of  windows with Venetian blinds. Pair of bedside ledges. Pair of George Kovacs brushed nickel pull-down pendant lights. Tall multiple member baseboard moulding. Random width heart pine floor.

Dressing Area:  10’3”x8’10” ~ One window with Venetian blinds and a pair of 10’4” wide double-doored closets, with rods and shelves and a built-in cubbyhole. Pair of double doored storage cabinets above. Recessed lights. Tall multiple member baseboard moulding. Random width heart pine floor.

Private Second Full Bath:   9’4” x 9’ ~ Designs in Wood custom 9’ wide European-style quarter sawn oak footed wash stand style vanity with a custom honed Carrara marble curved back top and oval Kohler undermount sink, and Restoration Hardware “Eaton” hardware. Floor-to-ceiling side storage cabinets, two with glass fronts. Pair of antique bronze 2-light sconces, nickel towel ring, lighted 2-sided swing-out magnifying mirror. Double roll-out Andersen casement windows, double-paned with screens, Venetian blinds, and antique reclaimed woodwork. Kohler toilet. Antique bronze sconce with flower embellishment. Honed finish subway tile shower with surround to ceiling, 8” rain shower head is thermostatically controlled and has an extra handheld, double shampoo shelf and glass door, designed and built in 2015 with double water-proofing: Schluter system installed over Durock, a cement backerboard. Vent fan. Douglas fir tongue and groove ceiling with recessed LED lights on rheostat. Antique reclaimed woodwork around raised panel working pocket door with reclaimed hardware, from Caravati’s. Tall multiple member baseboard moulding. Reclaimed random width heart pine floor from E. T. Moore.


Main Room: 38’8” x 13’8 ~ Contemporary open staircase has Douglas fir treads and steel cable railings. Exposed brick wall. Verizon FIOS enabled. 200 amp electrical panel box. Rear door to the outside is a Thermatru Smoothstar door with nickel hinges, just like in the Kitchen. Black and white floor of vinyl squares over concrete, except in Laundry Area.

Workshop Area: 11’4” wide. Large area for big projects and small jobs.

Laundry Area:  6’ wide. Washer and dryer hookups. The space above could be utilized for more storage. This area doubles as a “mudroom” with its concrete floor.

Utility Area:  6’ wide. Rheem Criterion II gas furnace with Lennox air conditioner, Whirlpool gas hot water heater, Aprilaire Electronic Air Cleaner & Humidifier.

Storage Area:   16’7 x5’2” ~ Across from the Laundry Area is an unfinished space of 137 sq ft, with electricity and two window openings into the utility and workshop areas. Tongue and groove wooden door.

Third Full Bath:   5’10” x 5’10” ~  Pedestal sink with Moen brushed nickel hardware, Moen brushed nickel towel ring, bar, and robe hook. Two display ledges, pair of antique bronze sconces. Fiberglas stall shower with shelves, light, and privacy glass door. Reclaimed door from Caravati’s. Vinyl floor.

Third Bedroom (Front):   15’ x 13’8” ~ Currently used as an Office, regularly used as an Exercise Room, and often used as a Guest Room (air mattress is kept in the trunk just outside the door). Two English basement windows with plantation shutters. Two closets with multiple rods and shelves. Sports equipment side niche with shelf and hook. Exposed beams, reclaimed door and hardware from Caravati’s, four caged ceiling light fixtures.


Rear Stoop: This small space just outside the rear Kitchen door has a beadboard ceiling, an antique bronze chandelier, a column, a brick-topped wall with planters of herbs, and a bluestone floor. A matchstick blind unrolls for shade and privacy when overlooking your entertainment area. The limestone steps down to the terrace have hand-hewn edges, built-in lighting.

Outdoor Terrace:   43’ x 15’ ~ Spectacular private reclaimed brick-topped stucco walled entertaining oasis, like nothing you’ve ever seen, with enough space for large gatherings or can be enjoyed a deux. Highlighted by the custom-made corner brick pizza oven with curved brick façade and open storage below. On either side of oven are limestone serving counters with hand-hewn edges, storage below enclosed with raised panel wooden doors, crafted from an antique reclaimed door, wrought iron hinges. Pair of bronze lights on either side of oven, controlled separately from the other lights on the terrace.. There is a built-in 8’ long limestone bench with hand-hewn edges. Wired for sound, multiple electrical outlets, and unobtrusive lighting placed throughout and controlled via a programmed transformer.  17 display niches for your own creative touch. Bluestone floor, graded and with several weep holes to drain into City alley. Custom cypress tongue and groove gate, with heavy wrought iron hinges and locking latch, gives access to City alley on the south side. Wrought-iron “hearts and darts” rear gate to graveled private alley. Bluestone stepping stones lead to the private lockable  storage for trash and recycling cans that is open to the City alley. Just steps across the private alley is the huge brick walled private Plum Park.: this treasure is deeded with the house.

Private Park:   70’x55’ ~ Brick walled on all four sides, this park has two wrought-iron gates, one locked at the northern City alley and the other accessed from the private alley. There are two curved brick walkways, one from each gate, which lead into a huge circle of grass and moss, bordered by garden beds. Plantings include boxwood, camellias, dogwoods, liriope, magnolias, willow oak, and wisteria. Ivy-covered rear wall. Here and there one finds a few wrought-iron chairs and a café table at which to sit and enjoy this treasure. This park is deeded with the house and is governed by The Plum Street Company, jointly owned and enjoyed by only five rowhouse owners.



  • Unbelievable top-of-the-line custom renovations everywhere
  • First class Old World workmanship throughout with surprising touches
  • Fabulous exposed brick walls
  • Federal style bull’s eye corner moulding at the upper corners of every door and all but one window throughout the house
  • Reclaimed woodwork, hardware, and pocket door from Caravati’s
  • Unusual tall multiple member baseboard moulding throughout
  • Random width heart pine floors from E.T. Moore
  • All plantation shutters are polywood with white “disappearing” hinges
  • Spectacular gourmet kitchen with custom island and cabinets by Designs in Wood and many other touches which will thrill even the real cook
  • Fabulous outdoor entertaining area with custom pizza oven
  • Exclusive, private, deeded – and unique – park for your enjoyment
  • Close to downtown Richmond, several universities, a plethora of restaurants, and only minutes from a variety of shopping venues, bicycle and hiking trails, the James River, Belle Isle, and several interstate highways, this location in The Fan District has it all!


Dede Deane Irwin   804-301-7808
Associate Broker, ABR, e-PRO, GRI

Lisa Ruffin Harrison   804-337-2578
Realtor, ABR, e-PRO, GRI

Joyner Fine Properties   804-270-9440
319 Maple Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23226


All information contained herein was obtained from sources deemed reliable but no warranty is intended, either expressed or implied. All measurements are approximate.