71-acre organic certified tree farm with restored Antebellum house. Owner acquired property while teaching historic archeology at Sweet Brier College, VA and developed it over 40 years considering Japanese aesthetic principles: bringing nature into the interior spaces of the house, beautiful woodwork, extreme simplicity and harmony of design.
House has low-level, wraparound deck without railing, affording beautiful views of the fields and forested ridge that rises 500 feet above a stream. No other houses can be seen. House has five entrances onto the deck, numerous windows and two picture windows facing south to the ridge, view of which resembles a multi-colored jungle canopy. House is bright and airy, with a great room, loft, and three fireplaces. Completly restored, beautiful workshop sits neaby the house. There is a large firepit built with 17 rocks, some 800 lbs., and ubiquitious firewood always available.
Property has a pristine forest including five documented tree stands of pines and mixed oaks as well as walking/riding paths through the other tree species: black walnut, hickory, spruce, maple, cedar, birch, beech, elm, poplar, wild cherry, sweetgum, holly, persimmon, pawpaw, flowering red bud and dogwood; towering sycamores in the creek bottom and the largest sassafras tree in the county (according to the VA forester). There are numerous birds: robins, bluebirds, owls, finches, hummingbirds, songbirds, whipperwills. There are deer, wild turkey, fox, bobcat, bats and traces of an elusive black bear.
The property is finished with a white rail fence, constructed with tapered 250 lb. concrete posts imported from Georgia.
Property has 1200 feet of road frontage on both sides of old River Road, a Virginia Designated Scenic Highway, along which include nearby Berryhill, Tarover, Redfield, Springfield and other notable residences. Forest Ridge is approximately 65 miles north of Duke University and the University of North Carolina with their highly-rated Medical Research Hospitals.
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