VALLEYBROOK FARM – 15 +/- ACRES

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Country Estate Property – Multiple Use – Farm, Residential and Recreational


Price:
$359,000 
ID:
265 
Bedrooms:
Bathrooms:
Square Feet:
2,500 sq. ft. 
Acres:
15 

Located 20 minutes from historic downtown Lewisburg, resting in the shadow of Keeny Mountian, you’ll find a quiet little county estate with charm to spare.

DESCRIPTION

Valleybrook Farm is a charming 15 acre country estate – multi use property located in the quite river valley community of Alderson. The 1907 historic home, coupled with a rushing mountain stream, rolling meadow and magnificent old growth trees, create the quintessential estate property. ( In 1907, Teddy Roosevelt was President, Houdini was King and Louis B. Mayer opened his first movie theater).

There is a beautiful mountain stream flowing by the home and through the estate grounds. Aptly named Ledge Creek, due to the numerous falls created by centuries of rushing water cascading down the hollow crafting the hard sand-rock “ledges”; the stream is a mix of large boulders, creek stones and smooth shelves. Lots of fun can be had turning over rocks to find Crayfish and salamanders while just being a kid playing in a creek.

The long views from the upper meadow stretch for miles across the surrounding mountains and farms in a 180 degree arc. There is no better place to sit and enjoy the beauty of the West Virginia mountains than in the high meadow of Valleybrook Farm.

A nice hiking trail winds through the meadow and around the woodlot. Early morning or late evening is the perfect time to enjoy a stroll along the trail and let the birds keep you company with their singing. Late summer evening brings the night sounds of crickets, bullfrogs, cicadas, owls and doves cooing all within the flashing backdrop of countless lightning bugs.

The cool temperate climate and loamy soils are conducive for the production of grapes, apples and peaches. The pastures may be used for grazing sheep, cattle, llamas and donkeys and all do well on the native bluegrass that grows so well in the region. Pigs do well here too and love munching on acorns, hickory nuts and crab-apples from the native trees in the fall of the year.

Beekeeping is also a very popular pastime in the area and Valleybrook would be well suited for the production of honey with some well-placed hives.

A portion of the property is also suited for the production of row crops and vegetables. Several nice garden spots are available but be sure to plant a little extra for the rabbits to enjoy. Pumpkins will do well here too.

The trees scattered about the farm are very beautiful with some old growth Walnuts and Oaks that started growing in the 1800’s. The song birds, deer, rabbits, wild turkey, and squirrels thrive here as the gentle laying land, abundant water and vegetative diversity create the perfect wildlife habitat. The Greenbrier Valley has more cattle per square mile than people and the night sky is filled with stars and not light pollution. Adjoining Monroe County is noted as the #1 producer of sheep.

For the water enthusiast the Greenbrier River is just a 5 minute walk and a 25 minute drive to the New River and 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort. The area offers unlimited soft recreational activities including white water rafting, golfing, fishing, camping, hiking, bird watching and rock climbing. Snow skiing at the Winterplace Resort is 45 minutes away. In 10 minutes you can catch the Amtrak train in Alderson and ride to the Greenbrier Resort, Chicago or New York City. The Beckley Airport and Greenbrier Valley Airports are just 40 minutes away.

THE HOME

The original 1907 farm house is a lovely home that has been completely restored and lives very comfortably. There is warmth created by the 106 year old solid oak flooring, staircase and moldings. The century old oak is complimented with Black Walnut wainscot and maple cabinets that give the home a snug and cozy feeling. Plenty of windows let the light stream in and when opened, the sound of the nearby stream finds its way indoors.

The outdoor living experience at Valleybrook is nothing short of spectacular. The landscaped grounds are anchored with a stately willow, sugar maples and several large walnut trees creating an umbrella effect with their spreading canopies. Other plantings include apple and pear trees, redbud, azaleas and butterfly bushes. The lush bluegrass lawn invites a game of croquet.

The old fashion front porch overlooks the stream and meadow and is the perfect place to rock away the hours, enjoy a sunrise, read or just spend time with friends and family. Three additional covered porches include an upper balcony off the master bedroom that overlooks the stream and large side yard.

DIMENSIONS

First Floor 1225 sq ft
Living Room: 12′ x 18’
Kitchen: 21′ x 7′
Dining Room: 12’x12’
Family Room: 16’x13’
Utility/Mud Room: 11′ x 4′
½ Bathroom: 3’ x 6’

Second Floor:1225 sq ft
BR1:12’x14’
BR2:12′ x 11’
BR3:12′ x 12′
BR4: 13’x11’
Full Bathroom 1: 8′x8′
Full Bathroom 2: 5′x12′

HOME INFORMATION

Historic: 1907 Two Story Farm House
Siding: Vinyl
2500 sq. ft.+/-

Main Floor Sq. Ft. – 1250’ +/-
Upper Floor Sq. Ft. – 1250 +/-
Basement: none, crawlspace
Attic: Roughed-in, pull down steps

Total Rooms: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Total Bathrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 2
½ Bathrooms: 1

Garage Type: Detached two oversize stalls with workbench

Items to Convey: dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, washer, dryer, generator, wood burning stoves

Lot Acres: 15.00 Acres by survey
Foundation: Block, Stone
Roof: Galvalume Metal & Shingle,
Date of Roof: 2009
Floor: Hardwood, Ceramic Tile
Heat: Propane-Forced air, outside woodstove, indoor woodstove
Air-conditioning: Central air
Water: 3 drilled wells- two for house, one for barn. One at house has stainless steel hand pump. Water tested: OK in 2011
Sewer: Septic
Crawl space protectively sealed in 2009
Sump pump: Crawlspace – high capacity automatic dehumidifier with auto sump pump
Generator: 5000K outdoor backup
Telephone: Landline
Cellphone Coverage: Good
Hot water: propane
Electric: 200 amp service with disconnect switch for generator

BARN-OUTBUILDINGS & IMPROVEMENTS

Barn lot, meadow and woodlot fully fenced.
Spring fed concrete water trough
Large barn with tin roof and wood floors
Woodshed
Oversized two car detached garage with concrete floor
4 Loafing/run in buildings
Concrete-fieldstone and steel driveway bridge at house (heavy duty-high load bearing)
Concrete-fieldstone bridge across Ledge Creek at house

THE SURROUNDING AREA

Valleybrook is supported with a great community known for its friendly residents and laidback lifestyle. The largest and most popular 4th of July day parade in the state is hosted by nearby Alderson. The sleepy town of Alderson is a 5 minute drive and amenities include churches, elementary school, grocery store, hardware/farm supply store, motel, bank, Dollar General, gas/convenience stores, medical clinic and restaurants. Alderson is also home to “Camp Cupcake”, the minimum security federal prison where Martha Stewart spent her vacation.

The Greenbrier Valley and surrounding area is richly blessed with a wide array of cultural events that keep life in the valley interesting and satisfying. A year round live theatre, Carnegie Hall (one of four in the USA), fine dining, art galleries and boutiques make up the thriving downtown historic district in Lewisburg.

Lewisburg is also the county seat of Greenbrier County and home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (600 students) and the New River Community and Technical College. The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture.

In 2011, Lewisburg was named Coolest Small Town in America and is just a 25 minute drive to complete shopping, churches, schools, medical-dental facilities, fine dining, and a modern hospital. The airport, with the longest runway in the state is just 10 minutes away and has daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC.

The world renowned 4-Star Greenbrier Resort, home of the PGA tour, is a 30 minute drive. Several other area golf courses are available in the area. Rock climbing, ziplining, horseback riding and the 100 + mile long Hatfield-McCoy ATV trail makes for a very active recreation area.

GREENBRIER RIVER AND RIVER TRAIL

Valleybrook Farm is a 5 minute walk to the lazy Greenbrier River. The Greenbrier River is 173 miles long is the last free flowing river east of the Mississippi. It is an excellent river to float or canoe and is well known for its large and small mouth bass fishing. It is the gateway to water recreation and fun as it is at most times lazy and easy to navigate.

The Greenbrier River is formed by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River in the town of Durbin, West Virginia. From Durbin the Greenbrier River flows southwesterly through Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe, and Summers Counties. It flows through several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton. The Greenbrier River joins the New River in the town of Hinton, West Virginia.

The property is a 30 minutes ride to the Greenbrier River Trial and is operated by the West Virginia State Parks. The trail is a 77-mile long former railroad, now used for hiking, bicycling, ski-touring, horseback-riding, and wheel-chair use. The trail passes through numerous small towns and traverses 35 bridges and 2 tunnels as it winds its way along the valley. Most of the trail is adjacent to the free-flowing Greenbrier River and is surrounded by peaks of the Allegheny Mountains.

THE NEW RIVER AND BLUESTONE LAKE

Valley Brook is a 30 minute drive to the New River and 2000 acre Bluestone Lake at Hinton. The New River is the second oldest river in the world, preceded only by the Nile; it is the oldest river in North America. The New River is unique because it begins in Blowing Rock, N.C. and flows north through Virginia into West Virginia. The Nile and Amazon are the only other major rivers that also flow north. Year after year, it produces more citation fish than any other warm water river in WV. Smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, hybrid stripped bass, and muskie are all common species of fish found in the New River and Bluestone Lake.

Bluestone Lake is over 2000 acres at summer pool and is the state’s third largest body of water. Great hunting and fishing opportunities abound at the 17,632 acre Bluestone Wildlife Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.

TIMBER RESOURCES

The timber on Valleybrook Farm is exceptionally well stocked with mature timber as well as young and vigorous growing stock. Some trees are well over 100 years old and classify as “Heritage Trees”. These wonderful trees have withstood the test of time and lend an air of grace and permanency to the property.

With excellent hardwood quality and numerous pole-sized and sawlog-sized stems, the small woodland tract of approximately 5 acres is dominated by Sugar Maple, Yellow Poplar, Black Walnut, Black Cherry, White Oak and Red Oak.

The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth or Emerald Ash Borer. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.

WILDLIFE

The mix of mature timber and meadows creates the perfect wildlife habitat. The lush forest produces tons of acorns, hickory nuts beech nuts and black walnuts. White tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds and raptors make up the resident wildlife population. It is hard to find a property that has a better mix of wildlife as there has been little to no hunting pressure for many years.

A number of Bald Eagles have been spotted up and down the Greenbrier and New Rivers and are a thrill to see with wingspans of 6-7 feet.

MINERAL RESOURCES

The Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Field is thought to underlay the property. To the Sellers knowledge, there have been no gas wells drilled on the property and no coal mining has ever been done. The Sellers are conveying all mineral rights and oil and gas rights they own and they have not leased any coal or natural gas rights to any companies.

ACCESS, BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

Access is provided by an all season state-maintained paved road and then about ¼ mile on privately maintained road leading to the property. The property lies on both sides of the quite private lane.

The property consists of approximately 15 acres. The property has been surveyed and a survey plat is available.

TAXES AND ZONING

Property taxes for the 2012 tax year were $763.06. The parcel is listed in Talcott District, Summers County on Tax Map 9, parcel 18.1. The deed for the property is found in Deed Book 222, page 575.

Address: HC 73, Box 14J, Alderson, WV 24910

As of October 2013, there is no countywide zoning in effect in Summers County. However, all prospective buyers should contact the Summers County Assessor in Hinton regarding any issues involving zoning, developments or building codes.

UTILITIES

Electric – Mon Power
Propane – R.T. Rogers
Landline Phone – Frontier
Internet – High speed, Frontier
Cable TV – Frontier/Dish
Water – Wells {3}, one with stainless steel hand pump
Sewer – Septic.
Trash Pickup – Curbside
Cell phone coverage is excellent in this area.
USPS and Overnight Couriers deliver to the area

 

Directions

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