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Holiday banner_1In honor of the season, we are devoting Friday blogs to assisting in the search for unique gifts!  LandVest’s gift bag of great New England properties has  something for everyone.  If  you do not see a property that matches your “someone special”, stay tuned for next week’s list!

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For those who love bold ocean and contemporary style:

45 Littles Point in Swampscott, MA

Exceptional in design, this sleek contemporary is sited on 1.4± oceanfront acres on Little’s Point with 320′ of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean and panoramic views of sea and sky.

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For the adventurer who loves the combination of beauty, comfort, and conservation:

Valle California in Patagonia, Chile, a place that will forever remain spectacular.

Valle California, within the Chilean Patagonia Sur Portfolio, is one of seven best-in-class scenically and ecologically significant properties.  The portfolio – approximately 60,000 acres (25,000 hectares) – provides international buyers with an innovative opportunity to purchase properties benefited by comprehensive planning for conservation, and sustainable development. Visit a world-class portfolio of pristine lands, ride, fish, raft, hike the glaciers and forests of ancient trees, drink mate with the gauchos supported by an outstanding U.S. and Chilean team.

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For those who dream of a classic Vermont farm retreat, with all the toys (even a ski hill):

Uphill Farm is the Vermont Gentleman’s farm, perfected.

This final offering price is 22 percent below the purchase price of over a decade ago, an extraordinary value. Exquisite private hilltop location with big views over 88± acres of meadows, ancient maple trees, wildlife pond, stocked trout pond and rushing brook.

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The Birches on Moosehead Lake
in Rockwood, Maine

offers a turn-of-the-century lake-front resort complete with lodge and cabins perched at water’s edge for the hospitable investor.  The property boasts 8,600 acres± laced with miles of hiking and ski trails, along with southeasterly panoramic views across Moosehead Lake to the Appalachian Mountains.  The resort features a well-managed timber investment, and is currently operated as a profitable business…

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For island lovers in touch with their inner child:

Who hasn’t dreamed of owning their own island but how about inviting your friends to your island with your own fort?! With over 24 acres to explore, 5 sandy beaches, 2 piers AND your own historic fort, who can top that?

House Island in Casco Bay

is a great place for kids and the young at heart.

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For those who love a picnic by the lake: 

Nothing says more than having family and friends get together for summer fun at the lake.

Sebago Lake Estate

offers 19± acres with your own private sandy beach, extensive dock for your boats and water toys, plenty of outdoor space for those lawn games, and a magnificent home with a massive stone fireplace and plenty of room for all.

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For those who want the beach at their doorstep:

Imagine stepping off your porch and putting your toes into warm sands, strolling the beach in search of shells, wading in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean by day; listening to the lull of the waves while you dine alfresco at night.  With 3± acres of privacy amidst natural surroundings,

The Beach House

is perfect for those who love to summer at the shore.

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For those whose home is their Castle: 

Surrounded by 355± acres with distant views,

The Rice Mountain Estate

combines historic structures and incredible craftsmanship. The 10,275-square-foot main residence is comprised of four distinct structures the Dudley Friedman House, the Norman Tower, Peak House, and Tudor Tower all blending together to create a unique castle–like mountain top home. The property is currently offered with 95+ acres and includes the main residence, the Howland Barn as well as an 1800-square-foot log cabin, barn and storage building. Other configurations of the property are available.

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We are asked all the time  “What’s the coolest thing you have on the market?”  and “What’s the best deal on a great New England property?” Here are LandVest’s top picks for properties offering great values for sheer cool, romance and privacy:

What could be cooler and more romantic than a modernist penthouse, privately listed in Boston’s Back Bay?

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LandVest is known for great country places (like the ones seen below) but we also have the edge on wonderful in-town properties.  Ask Terry Maitland, tmaitland@landvest.com, 617-357- 8949 and Nicole Monahan, nmonahan@landvest.com, 617-948-8038 about this sleek beauty (and check out the photos- how about the shower!).

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For romance, how about crashing surf and a “Teddy-Roosevelt-stayed here”
shingle “cottage” perched on a cliff on Mount Desert Island?

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A super cool place to spend the hottest summer months, and an investment you can really enjoy.  Contact Story Litchfieldslitchfield@landvest.com, 207-276-3840.

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Love the idea of a super cool rustic retreat, but want it on a Vermont lake?

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The Pinnacle  is a late 19th century Great Camp on a perfect point of land on Lake Champlain, with a two-story living room opening up to a balconied gallery:  all the romance of the Victorian era, completely unspoiled.  Contact Wade Weathers, wweathers@landvest.com, 802-651-5392 for a private tour.

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Prefer a romantic Vermont farm for your private getaway?

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Want to “bring your toothbrush” (and maybe your horses and skis, too, the snowcat is already there) and enjoy the country in perfectly done comfort? And, would you like to purchase the property for 22% off its purchase price of over a decade ago?  Check out Uphill Farm  in Woodstock, Vermont, the “Gentleman’s Farm, perfected”, and definitely take a look at the video and then contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth, rsudduth@landvest.com, 617-359-5584.

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How about complete privacy, and a very cool Vermont mountaintop location?

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Sweet Farm’s, 500+ acres amid 6,000+ acres of conservation land, at the end of a private drive at the end of a dirt road.  Can’t get more private than that.  And for romance and cool factor?  180 degree views, a completely redone house, a great barn and guesthouse, and miles of trails, streams and waterfalls.  Even cooler?  A great value at $1.75 million.

Like the hilltop but have to please a serious horse person in your life (or an astronomer)?

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How about your own private mountaintop?  at the end of a mile-long driveway.  There’s a 20-stall barn and an indoor arena…and an observatory, too!   Ask Wade Weathers, wweathers@landvest.com, 802-651-5392

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Looking for the perfect blend of natural and designed beauty to inspire the artist in you?1

Halfway between Boston and Amherst is a beautiful private estate surrounded by hundreds of acres of forest, the home to one of the more significant American contemporary art collectors?  How about the Holman Street Estate, with its terraced landscape accentuated by elegant sculptures, leading down to a private pond ? And a great deal at $995,000.   Contact Chris Rodstrom, crodstrom@landvest.com, 617-357-8988 or Keith Ross, kross@landvest.com, 978-544-5767 for more details.

 
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Why wait and build when you can enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labors? Here are LandVest brokers’ top picks for great properties listed for a fraction of their construction or replacement cost.

Happiness is time with family and friends in a beautiful place.

Love a lake house?

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Sunset Chimneys has 1200’ of Maine’s Sebago Lake frontage, an ample lovely shingle and stone house built in 2003, unbelievable boathouse built in 2007, two sandy private beaches, and big views to the White Mountains offered for $3.9 million. Contact Karen Reiche at  207-874-6159 or kreiche@landvest.com and John Saint-Amour at 207-874-6160 or jsaint-amour@landvest.com for more info.

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Is a farm in Maine your dream retreat?

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Skye Farms 180 acres, 1500’ of frontage on a beautiful pond, once-in-a generation 7 bedroom family compound, orchards, tennis court, open pasture, trail system near ski resorts and private schools offer a compelling value at $1.95 million. Contact John Scribner at 207-874-2057 or jscribner@landvest.com to set up a visit to a perfect setting for the holidays.

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A lakefront turn-of-the-last century “grande dame” with mountain views?

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Kezar Lake Estate is arguably the finest estate on one of New England’s most desired lakes in Lovell, Maine, 30 minutes to Sunday River. The circa-1908 mansion took a crew of artisans two and a half years to build, with its ornate details irreplaceable at almost any price. Once priced above $4,000,000, its offering price of $1,900,000 represents a unique opportunity.  For more information, contact John Saint-Amour  at 207-874-6160 or jsaint-amour@landvest.com.

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An ardent equestrian who’d rather ride than renovate?

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Shadow Fox Farm located in the vibrant community of Peterborough, NH, is a 167± acre turnkey equestrian facility. Immense investment by two successive owners has made for a combination of amenities and efficiency that would take years to replicate: 26 stalls, indoor and outdoor arenas, main house, guest house (each with their own pools), offices, ample fenced turnout with run-in sheds and room for a cross-country course and trails to the river. Contact Kristin Claire at 603-227-2411 or kclaire@landvest.com for more details on this tremendous value offered at $4.4 million.

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How about a private retreat on Casco Bay with a deepwater dock,
private beach, and a low-maintenance, comfortable home?

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SeaSpray Reach, in Yarmouth, Maine offers a custom built 4000 sf home on a true peninsula in perfect condition minutes from downtown Portland. Originally offered for $2.9 million, now $1.98 million. Contact Karen Reiche at  207-874-6159 or kreiche@landvest.com to find out more.

 
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Breathtaking Grey Meadow Farm in Tinmouth, Vermont

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Grey Meadow Farm, Tinmouth, Vermont
$3,200,000


 

Rare development opportunity.

Build the house of your dreams in the midst of horse country!

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Antique Barn Estate Lot, Hamilton, Massachusetts
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Private Country Estate with equestrian amenities in Hamilton, Massachusetts

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Miles River Farm, Hamilton, Massachusetts
$1,895,000


 

For more information on Grey Meadow Farm contact Story Jenks, sjenks@landvest.com.

For more information on LandVest’s farms in Hamilton, MA, contact Lanse Robb, lrobb@landvest.com.

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in some of LandVest’s properties? We invite our owners to tell us a bit about their experiences, what they love about their homes and a bit of their history. Yvette Lanneaux and Tim Wilkins’ vibrant renewal of a white clapboard farmhouse in the heart of horse country in Woodstock, Vermont provided a launching point for our recent conversation with them about their hilltop retreat.

1.  LV:  Tell us about some of the property’s special features.

Yvett Lanneaux: The location of Hubbard Farm is what makes it such a unique and special place.  It’s privately tucked away where all one sees are the farm’s surrounding meadows, pond and woodlands, yet it’s a five minute drive (or a fifteen minute stroll) to the Country Store in South Woodstock or a ten-minute drive to the Woodstock Green.

We enrolled the property in the Current Use Program.  In addition to the significant tax savings gained, we’ve learned much about managing and protecting our woodlands for the health of the trees and the varied wildlife that it supports.  In connection with these efforts, we’ve created a trail system of several miles in addition to the already existing horse trails.  These new trails are perfect for hiking and taking in 270 degree views over to Mt. Ascutney, Mt. Killington and the surrounding area.

Tim Wilkins: I came to hiking later in life and feel quite humbled to be able to hike for hours without leaving the property.  There’s one path where you wind through the pines, maples and birch leading at the top to a small clearing with a drop dead view of Mt. Ascutney.  We carved a simple wooden bench from a tree on the property to mark the spot.  I dare even the most cynical poet to not hear his or her muse call from that perch on the hill.

2. LV: What is your favorite room in the house and why?

Yvett Lanneaux: When we bought the house, it was pretty much a heap.  We undertook an extensive renovation and updated all the heating, electrical and plumbing systems but always with an eye to preserving the traditional feel of a casual and inviting 1840′s farmhouse.  We brought light in by adding windows and opening up the house to the views so there is a continuous feeling between the house and the land.  We brought in (literally) tons of dirt to create a broad and level area leading out of the kitchen’s French doors that has been the site of many football games, croquet, baseball, and intense water gun fights.  The stone walls were built by a local fourth generation family of stonewall builders who also laid the bluestone patio.  The crowning jewel of this modification of the outdoor space is the porch.  We added the wrap-around porch constructed of beautiful and durable ipe wood.

The porch is by far my favorite “room” where I read, take in the sunsets, sneak naps, enjoy a cocktail, watch a game on the tennis court below or keep an eye on the kids catching frogs in the pond.  The main floor’s music system includes the porch so there’s a beautiful soundtrack at will while lounging there and soaking up the visual pleasure of it all.

3.  LV: Can you tell us something surprising about Hubbard Farm?

Tim Wilkins: I like to tease my tennis buddies telling them I have the prettiest court in America.   There’s something about how the court is nestled in the hill on the property, bordered on two sides by whispering pine trees and then opening up to a breathtaking view of rolling green hills and farms.  I repaved the court last summer and fixed the fencing so that it would blend into the natural surroundings.  It’s absolutely private so when you’re playing all you hear is the harmonic sounds of the tennis ball, chirping birds and the wind through the trees.

4. LV:  Woodstock is such a special community; can you share a story that touched you about being a part of Woodstock?

Yvett Lanneaux: We participated in The Naked Table Project for sustainability. Charles Shackleton purchased maple harvested from our land.  People built tables at his workshop from wood that was milled from our trees. For each tree felled, every participant was given the GPS co-ordinates for a replacement tree. The completed tables were lined up end-to-end under the covered bridge in Woodstock where we all had lunch.  It was a really lovely occasion, making so clear the link between the land, the trees, and gathering together. It was featured extensively in local, national and international press.

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For more information on Hubbard Farm contact Story Jenks, (sjenks@landvest.com) at 802-238-1332.  For more information on Vermont farms and properties for sale contact Ruth Kennedy Sudduth (rsudduth@landvest.com), Director of Residential Brokerage at 617-359-5584.

 

 

 

 

 
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We took advantage of perfect spring weather to tour around Woodstock, Vermont last weekend, taking pictures of some of our wonderful country houses, farms and horse properties for sale. Here are just a few:

A private listing in West Windsor near GMHA
with the best swimming pond ever.
The long private drive into another
private listing in Hartland

 

Hubbard Farm is a great place to just sit and relax

 

How Birch Tree Farm got its name

 

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For more information on these and other wonderful Vermont houses and farms for sale,
please contact T. Story Jenks, Jon Weber, Ruth Kennedy Sudduth or Wade Weathers.

 
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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.

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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.

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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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