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In real estate, timing is only second to location in terms of importance, and at LandVest, much like a fine wine, no property will be placed on the market before its time. While our photographer waits for Mother Nature to saturate the grounds with vivid hues we offer LandVest.com visitors an exclusive sneak peak. Contact the broker for more info and be sure to register and or sign up for an email alert so you do not miss this property’s launch.

South Hill Farm

New Boston, New Hampshire

Key Features:

• 194.5± acres
• rolling fields, stone walls, panoramic vistas
• antique barn (in excellent condition),
• 1750’s Colonial Saltbox, with
• guest house
• caretakers home

Anticipated Launch: May

Visiting the farm this spring I fell in love with the expanse of South Hill Farm. Rolling lawns, a variety of fruit trees and gardens surround the house and pool, and the open fields seem to go on forever with land meeting sky. The seller kindly gave us a tour of the house pointing out many of the original features including original Moses Eaton stenciling, ships staircase, and brick fireplace with a deep beehive oven. Outside, the gardens were just starting to wake up. A particular tree, a fern leaf birch which I had never seen, caught my eye among the apple, pear and cherry trees. We continued our tour of the property across the road to gorgeous fields that gently rose to a high point that looked back towards the farm. As we walked I could envision riding my horse (if I had one), walking with my dog or cross country skiing through the fields. Along the way views of Crotched Mountain were in front and Joe English Hill behind. Beyond the plateau, trails enter the woods to the river and the remainder of this 101.5 acre tract.

The possibilities for this property are endless, family compound, horse property, gentleman’s farm, whatever suites the individual. For me, just living on a property that brings the natural world close would be a privilege.

- by Andrea Tindal, Concord LandVest office

For more information on South Hill Farm contact the listing broker
Robert E. Gregg, Jr., 603-227-2413, rgregg@landvest.com
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The Week Magazine recently selected Watershed Farm and one other property in the North East as one of seven top picks for best properties on the market for stargazing.  If you have ever been to Vermont on a clear fall night you would understand why a Vermont property makes the list.

If you were to take a look at Watershed Farm you would understand why it is one of the very best on the Market. The 560-acre hilltop property features its very own 16-foot domed observatory, not to mention a 20 stall barn, indoor riding arena, riding trails all in the bucolic setting of Roxbury Vermont.

Watershed Farm

938 Four Mile Wood Road, Roxbury, VT   05060
567.00± acres
$1,690,000


For more information on this property or other listings in Northern Vermont and Northeastern New York, contact Wade Weathers (wweathers@landvest.com) of LandVest – Burlington, VT.

 

 

 

 
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In the 1960s and 1970s, renowned artist Neil Welliver established his homestead in Lincolnville, a small rural community on the coast of Maine. Over time, Welliver (“the dean of contemporary landscape painting”) acquired over 1000 acres of forest and farmland—no small feat in a town just 15 minutes from the bustling seaside villages of Camden and Belfast. A dedicated conservationist, Welliver preserved over 500 acres with easements and protected the other parcels by restricting public access and managing them himself. Over time, various parcels were given to family members or sold off, leaving just over 100 acres remaining with the farmstead at the time of Welliver’s death in 2005. The residence was occupied and well-maintained, but the property was not actively farmed. In 2006, the property was purchased by buyers who wanted to conserve the forests, bring back the land, and establish a family farm. They were able to purchase several contiguous pieces owned by various Welliver family members, creating a parcel totaling over 900 acres and almost completely restoring Welliver’s acquisition.
The current owners updated and expanded the main residence—an exquisite, expanded early 1800s Cape—as well as the guest house a mile down the road, another historic Cape. They replaced the roof and windows, upgraded systems, and remodeled to create practical, comfortable living spaces for today’s lifestyle. The attached barn where Welliver painted became a fantastic family recreation room, turned into comfortable, casual living space while retaining all the character of the original barn. They moved a post and beam barn across the road to make room for a new barn, complete with 6 stalls, a tack room, and an office. They built a storage barn that could easily be a riding arena. And they created a state of the art cheese production facility, with temperature- and humidity-controlled underground storage.

They improved old pasture and created new ones, where they kept horses, cows, goats, and sheep. They brought back the organic gardens that Welliver and his family established, and they created new gardens and sold their produce at local farmers’ markets. They let the wild blueberry barrens go organic, and they expanded them, working with local harvesters who manage the fields and sell the fruits in August. They have cleared the woods and managed the forest, and created walking and skiing trails. Over 500 acres of this magical land is permanently protected by conservation easement—a valuable asset anywhere, but particularly so because this property is in the watershed of the Ducktrap River, one of the few remaining breeding habitats for North Atlantic Salmon and a focus of major conservation efforts by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

Now the owners are moving on, and the property is ready for new owners who want to make this gentleman’s farm their own. There are opportunities for active forest management and wood harvesting, for expanded blueberry, maple syrup, and orchard production, and much more. There’s tremendous potential for new projects here, including an expanded dairy, solar and wind farming, organic pork or eggs, high-end show animal breeding, and year-round vegetable production. The farm is located at the end of a mile-long private dirt road in a wilderness setting, offering exemplary privacy and seclusion, yet it’s only 12 miles from Camden and the coast.

When the current owners took on this major project, they were following in the footsteps of other young people who have recently moved to the Maine coast to fulfill a dream of a better life for themselves and their kids, a dream of being a significant part of a new community. Even in tiny Lincolnville there are two such success stories. In December 2006, after a 21-year career at Fidelity Investments managing mutual funds, Bettina Doulton fell in love with the 200-year-old buildings and the 68-acre farm at the Cellardoor Winery. She bought it in 2007 and has spent the last 5 years expanding it into not only a thriving artisan winery, but a hub for arts events—their most recent event drew a few hundred people and a live performance by the Commodores—not bad for a town with a population of two thousand.

Closer to home—right next door to the Calderwood Farm, in fact—Ararat Farms is now a thriving organic farm providing shares to its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members as well as produce at the local farmers’ markets—and even the supermarket. An innovative “online farmstand” allows customers to shop for their vegetables with an ever-changing, weekly selection on the web, then pick it up later in the week at a local store. The farm (formerly Kelmscott Farm, sold by LandVest in 2011) was purchased by an individual from New York and is being managed by young farmers Jed Beach and Emilia Carbone.

There are countless other examples in these Maine coast communities of creative, hardworking people re-inventing themselves, fulfilling a creative vision, and living the dream that Maine’s quality of life has to offer.

The precedent has been set, and Calderwood Farm is ready for new owners with their own dreams.

For more information on this property or other listings in the Camden area, contact Terry Sortwelltsortwell@landvest.com, in our Camden office.

 

 
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At LandVest, we help our clients wherever they go.  If it’s winter, and they are horse people, they are thinking about going south.  Whether it is Aiken, Southern Pines, Wellington or Ocala, we help clients  find the ideal horse farm for sale or for rent, and when they decide to make the South their permanent home, we help them sell.  Here are the top ten reasons they tell us they love spending the winter in the South with their horses.

The view from above the laptop in Ocala

10. No frozen water buckets  (no ice)

9. Happy, relaxed horses hanging out in the sun

8. Fabulous food from fine dining to everyday pleasures  (today’s sandwich featured eat-over-the sink ripe tomatoes and local arugula)

7. Perfect sand footing

6. Lots of fun people to hang out with

5. Top instructors South for the season

4. International competition within easy reach

3. An hour to the beach

2. Beautiful real estate offerings with no ice

1. Sunshine and 80 degrees in February (did we mention there is no ice?)

 

This blog is brought to you by Kristin Hayes Claire and Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, rkennedy@landvest.com, from the front patio of a client’s horse farm in Ocala.  We are about to go for a ride.  It’s beautiful out.

Give us a call or an email, there are plenty of great horse properties for sale.   Or check out our beautiful listings back in New England.

 
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“Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have
always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

- Henry James

Here’s a Vermont summer day captured on video at one of our favorite farms for sale:

Uphill Farm on a lovely summer day. Thanks to Henry James for the inspiration.


For more on Uphill Farm check out our blogs here and here about this perfect farm for sale in Woodstock, Vermont. Or visit the LandVest website for other wonderful Vermont farms and horse properties for sale.

Looking for the perfect New England farm for sale, or thinking about listing your own horse property? Please contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, Director of Residential Brokerage, LandVest, Inc. at 617-357-0455 or rsudduth@landvest.com

 
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The hillside pool and spa on a summer day

Each LandVest listing is more than real estate, it is the realization of a vision of property owners, often over centuries.

Uphill Farm has a particularly warm character, both because of the wonderful sense of place brought on by the beauty of the landscape and timeless quality of the farm, and also because the owners have had such pitch perfect vision for what the perfect Vermont farm can be.

“Everybody feels welcome here” says one of the owners, “in a way, each owner’s love for this place has built over the years, making the farm feel so inviting and so apart from the jangle. The minute you get here, it’s like magic. The world just slips away and it’s quiet, and beautiful and calm. It’s got that effect on everyone, little kids, teenagers, wound up friends from the city… everyone is happier after a few days at Uphill. We laugh about how if you could bottle the air, you could make a fortune.”

"It really is the perfect farm. Intimate in scale with all the magic..."

“We bought this place the second we pulled in the driveway. It wasn’t on the market and we just knew it was what we’d always imagined. It really is the perfect farm. Intimate in scale, with all the magic: really beautiful land, beautiful house and barns, and a million fun things to do right on the property with the ski slope and trails for skiing, riding and mountain biking, the vegetable garden, the awesome pool built into the hillside, the trout pond…”

“Of course, the people make it all come together. Sonja Blanchard has been here for over twenty years, and she, plus her welcoming committee of goats and dogs and barn cats make everyone feel included. She runs a 4-H program for local kids from the farm as well as a little animal rescue, so she’s a part of the Woodstock community and makes us feel like we can help give back as well. “

The current owners, who are based out of Boston and New York, continued updating the property to a very high standard. “We loved the place as it was, though we did add the pool — just so much fun for kids, and we love the spa with the beautiful views of the hills. We focused on making sure everything works really well – great state of the art systems, getting well ahead of any maintenance issues, that kind of thing. We just wanted to come here and enjoy it with our friends and family and not be dealing with problems.”

“We love being a world apart and so close. Woodstock is right there if you need anything. Farmers (the Woodstock Farmer’s Market) is right over the hill – the prettiest drive for pastries on the planet. Killington is twenty minutes one way, Suicide Six less than that the other. Woodstock is a breeze from Boston, and our friends from New York love the beautiful drive up the Connecticut River. “

The greeting committee

A winter ride by the sugar house

"The world just slips away"

Great New England Farms like Uphill Farm have their particular magic.
For more information on Vermont or Woodstock Area Properties for Sale,
please contact Jon Weber or Ruth Kennedy Sudduth.

 
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The current market environment has made possible occasional opportunities to buy properties that rarely come on the market at prices not seen for more than ten years.  LandVest’s premier Woodstock, Vermont farm for sale is an exceptional value at $5.5 million, down from the $12 million original ask. The Wall Street Journal featured this beautifully updated classic Vermont Farm for sale as House of the Day, a testament to its quality, history, and the compelling opportunity to purchase the property for less than its purchase price over a decade ago.


Uphill Farm, with its wonderful sense of place, serene location, beautiful buildings and quiet luxury, is one of the finest properties of its type in New England, representing a Currier and Ives landscape with exceptional amenities: from the horse barns to the trout pond to the private ski hill.

For more information on Uphill Farm or other great Vermont or New England properties for sale, please contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, Director of Residential Brokerage, LandVest, 617-357-0455.

 
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There’s a gentleman’s farm on a peninsula in Maine so private that even only a handful of locals know about it.

It’s secluded and quiet. Wildlife abounds. The residence is beautiful, the guest house is private and comfortable. The guest book overflows with comments about the “magic” that visitors feel. With 133± acres and access to an idyllic freshwater pond, it truly feels like a sanctuary. It’s located only 10 minutes from the sea, and just 15 minutes from Damariscotta, a charming coastal community with all the amenities anyone could ask for.

All these things would make any property special, but what differentiates the Two Century Farm in Bristol is its place in coastal Maine history. If its stone walls could talk, they would tell the tales of Kings and Colonists and the early days of English settlement on the Pemaquid peninsula.

The original farmhouse, an extended Cape, was literally the birthplace of local government: in 1764, the Town of Bristol was incorporated in what is now the living room. Built in the mid-1700s for Simeon Jones, the house was constructed from timber felled, hand hewn and sawn on site. Today the walls are finished with rich pumpkin pine in single-board panels measuring nearly 3 feet wide. These precious pieces of “King’s Lumber”—so called because they were reserved for use solely at the prerogative of the King—are today an inimitable rarity and a testament to age-old craftsmanship. You’d never know it today, but the main road once passed right in front of this house. Local knowledge has it that at some point in the Jones family’s tenure, royal naval inspectors landed in Pemaquid to bring trees back to England. With unauthorized use of King’s Lumber being a hanging offense, the boards were swiftly plastered over. They remained hidden until the 1930s, when the plaster was stripped away to reveal the exquisitely aged wood—presumably to the great delight of the renovators.Throughout the house, pumpkin pine paneling, floors and exposed beams maintain its charming colonial character. Three rooms oriented around the large brick chimney all include their own fireplaces with tremendous character—one is set up for cooking with hanging hooks and ovens, another warms a parlor, and a third features a secret hiding place large enough for a couple of people. The fact that the main road passed directly in front of the house—and that its location changed at some point—is indirectly responsible for the property’s unique and bucolic setting. Those who admire historic properties are well aware that the vast majority of 18th century properties are located on main roads—generally a real drawback given today’s traffic flow and noise. It’s highly unusual to find a home of this vintage, particularly one with so much land, in such a private setting. Once the main road was moved, the entire property became the secluded sanctuary it is today. Once you know it was there, you can see that a hint of the old road remains, a wide grassy pathway through the front yard, bordered by old stone walls.

The house is landscaped simply and unpretentiously, with perennials offering visual accents for the real focus: the historic stone walls, lawns and meadows surrounding the house. Walking trails wind past the old mill pond through the beautiful woods, and the property includes frontage on a larger pond–one big enough for fishing, swimming, and skating. A heated in-ground swimming pool is one of the concessions to modern recreation.

The historic barn was also built (ca. 1935) from timber found on the property. A classic post and beam structure, it was converted to a wonderful 1-bedroom guest house and now includes enormous multi-pane windows, a loft with a bedroom and bath, a living room with cathedral ceiling, and a modern kitchen.

When the current owner’s father purchased the property in 1963, it was love at first sight. In fact, it wasn’t even the kind of property he wanted. A yachtsman, he was seeking a waterfront property on the Pemaquid Peninsula. On a whim, his broker drove him into the farm. He was smitten, and his family became part of Two Century Farm’s history. The property has been updated over the years to conform to modern standards of comfort, but fortunately its owners have taken great care to preserve the authenticity of this historic Bristol, Maine gem.

Click here to view the complete listing for Two Century Farm.

To see other Maine coast properties, check out our Camden real estate page .

 
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