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15 Acre Farm & House for Sale in Southwestern Virginia for $195,000

By: Everett S
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Front of House Our Property is For Sale!

We love this house and the land, and hate to move. But we have put a lot of thought into where we want to spend the rest of our lives (or at least the next few decades) and have decided to buy an even larger piece of land with friends. I’ll discuss this decision more at the end of the post (we’re only moving 45-minutes away), but first I’d like to share the details of our property in case you or someone you know might be interested in buying a small farm in southwest VA.

Update: The road we live off of (just 1 mile from our house) was featured in the New York Times Travel section this week!

The House
SWVA House for Sale This 1,612 square foot home is what you would call a small farm house, or a farmette. It sits near a quiet road on almost 15.5 acres (more about the land below). There are 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, although we added on a room for a second bathroom attached to the master bedroom, which is currently being used as a nursery room.  There are two family rooms (one could be a dining room) and a sun room, as well as a medium-sized kitchen with a breakfast nook. It has a huge red barn, two chicken coops, a cow/goat shed, workshop, spring house / milk house (where they used to keep the milk cold by way of spring water running through a trough) and another small outbuilding we use for recycling storage. The home is on well water and has a newer model well pump. It has the best water I’ve ever tasted – so clear, cold and clean, it puts Evian to shame. The home has a relatively (5 years) new septic system with the drain field in the pasture. The shingles on the older part of the house are about 5 years old; those on the new addition are only months old.  It is one-story with a high attic that we have stuffed with new insulation. In fact, we have insulated the walls, ceiling and under the floors as well. But that’s not the only improvement we’ve made. Below is a complete list:

  • New Insulation (as described above)
  • New Gutters
  • New Fireplace Insert
  • New Chimney Liner
  • Re-Pointed and Capped the Chimney
  • 20 New, Double-Paned, Energy-Efficient Windows
  • Two New Doors
  • Two Fresh Coats of Paint on House, Barn, and Outbuildings
  • Rebuilt Front and Side Porches
  • Built a Three-Rail Fence Around .25-Acre “Yard”
  • Built a foot-bridge across the creek
  • Updated the Bathroom
  • Updated Fixtures and Hardware
  • Added a Dishwasher
  • Updated Plumbing
  • Installed New Hot Water Heater
  • Insulated Plumbing
  • Updated Electrical in Part of the House
  • Updated Electrical Box/Panel and Service
  • Built a Gorgeous 372 Sq. Ft. Addition
  • … Lots of other small things here and there

Basically, this house doesn’t need anything else done to it. We’ve fixed everything that needed to be fixed and then some. It would be perfect for anyone who doesn’t want a fixer-upper but still wants to live in a farmhouse that has history and character. We love our home and will be sad to leave.

The Land
Little Snake Creek View 2 While the newly-fenced area is only about a quarter-acre, the “yard” is about three acres bordering a creek on one side; the fenced-in pasture is about four acres, and the rest of the 15.3 acres is wooded hillside. There are at least two springs on the property. One used to gravity feed to the house and milk-house (which is still here), and the other creates a wetland area at the back of the 3-acre yard. I liked the varied landscape, but if we stayed here I was going to turn that area into a nice, clear, spring-fed pond and stock it with trout or bass.

If you walk up the deer trails and through the woods to the top of the property there are two other potential building sites with fantastic long-range views. I like to walk up and spend some time there for exercise. It would also make a pretty rolling-green pasture (and it was about 20 years ago) if you needed more room for livestock.

Back of the House with Spring BranchPerhaps the defining feature of this property, and what we will miss the most, is the year-round babbling brook (aka a bold spring branch) in the back yard. We love the sound of water running over rocks, which you can clearly hear when you open any back window in the house. It never runs dry and, although it comes out of the banks at times, it has never in the history of this house (built in the 1930′s and added onto in the 1950′s) flooded the house – although it did get into the crawlspace once in the 1980′s when a large, round hay-bale rolled into the creek and blocked the flow. The spring that fed the house its water now flows freely into this small brook behind the house, and I often cup my hands under the spring outlet to drink the cold, clear water. On the other side of the barn this small spring branch runs into a larger creek (little snake creek) that has some passable trout and bass fishing at certain times of the year, and a nice swimming hole (about four or five-feet deep) if you don’t mind the cold water.

Cows eating under the apple trees. We have a large garden area, perhaps about 800 square feet, and there are two cultivated apple trees and several grape vines in the back yard. This place could have a fantastic orchard, vinyard and garden with a little hard work and time.

If you’re into hunting there are numerous wild turkeys and deer on the property. During the summer months we can almost guarantee we’ll see a few deer under the apple tree eating windfall apples if we look out the back windows at dawn or sunset.

The Area
1533 Red Hill Rd. Hillsville, VA 24343
The home is located in Carroll County, Virginia just outside the small country town of Hillsville, but equally close to Fancy Gap, which is on the border of northern North Carolina. You can visit Mount Airy, NC (the inspiration for Andy Griffith’s Mayberry) in about 20 minutes. This is where we usually go to the movies. We’re also near Galax, VA – home to the Galax Fiddlers Convention and part of the New River Trail. The Blue Ridge Parkway is 12-minutes away and you can be at Mabry Mill (absolutely stunning!) and several live bluegrass music venues within 15-20 minutes.

Hillsville is in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia. The land is fertile and the scenery is breathtaking. The people are some of the friendliest you’ll find anywhere. While it is in the Appalachian region and is certainly rural, Hillsville and the surrounding areas aren’t plagued with many of the socio-economic problems I’ve seen elsewhere in areas of Appalachia. There’s even a high-end golf resort a few miles up the road. It is largely a community of farmers and retirees with some young folks like ourselves thrown in here and there. The high-school looks to be state-of-the-art. Other than that we haven’t looked much into the school system, but you can find out more here.

Things to Do

  • Canoeing or kayaking on the New River or Big Reed Creek
  • Biking trails or scenic country roads
  • Golf or Tennis
  • Tour local vineyards and wineries
  • Fly fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking the many trails, including the Appalachian Trail
  • A Sunday drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • The Bi-Annual Hillsville Flea Market (WOW!)
  • Visiting sites like Mabry Mill, Claytor Lake or the Natural Bridge
  • Listening to live bluegrass music on the Crooked Road Music Trail
  • Go “antiquing” (seriously)
  • + Many more… You can learn about all the other activities here and here.

The Neighbors
We respect the privacy of our neighbors so won’t say too much here, except to say that we only have one pair of neighbors whose house we can see clearly and it is right across the street. They are young for retirees and are very friendly. They make great neighbors. We do know lots of other people in this little valley and all of them have been more than helpful. We’ll be sad to leave such a friendly,  helpful, caring community.

More Pictures (click to view full size):

Price: $195,000

Why We’re Moving
After months of weighing over the decision, we have decided to buy a large piece of land in Floyd, Virginia (just 45-minutes away) – where we hope to build the off-grid-ready home that we dream about. While our neighbors here are great, they are mostly at retirement age while we are about to have our first (and possibly only) child. This factor has played the largest role in our decision. The second factor is that most of the friends and acquaintances we’ve met in the past year live in Floyd and we find ourselves driving 45 minutes to visit them. Lastly, we’d like to start a community from the ground up (not a commune, but a sort of intentional community where everyone owns their own land and does what they want with it), which will save a large chunk of Floyd county farmland from the development of 50 or so 3-acre second-home sites. We will probably rent somewhere in Floyd while looking for the perfect piece of land and organizing a group land buy. We’re thinking maybe three families with 10-25 acres each and 25 acres in a public trust that we can all use for non-destructive, recreational purposes (i.e. hiking, fishing, hunting…) for a total of about 75-100 acres. The deed would be split up so we all own our own land and homes. We hope to get most of the shared-work and social benefits of commune-ity without the pitfalls of politics, reaching consensus, community rules, ongoing fees, etc… that you find in many intentional communities. We’ll write more about this later as the plan takes shape. For now, we’re enjoying our time here with the sound of the creek in our backyard and the comfort and charm of our newly-renovated old farmhouse.

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  1. [...] details if you are serious about buying a farm in Carroll County, VA. We’ve also published a much more in-depth post about it on our personal [...]

  2. James Cummings says:

    This is a beautiful house and piece of property you have, i am curious of the price? and are there any Wind Turbine farms in the area? as that is what I work on.

  3. Everett says:

    James,

    As mentioned in the post, we’re waiting to speak to a real estate agent before giving an exact price, but expect it to be in the low two-hundreds.

    There is a company called The Red Hill Store that has some entry-level wind turbines, one of which is set up down the road. This particular property could have good wind at the bottom half of the year, but if you wanted year-round wind you’d have to put it at the top. Running the wire down to the bottom may be prohibitively expensive, but you would know better than I about that.

    The real renewable energy promise with this property is microhydro. If you set up a water turbine in this spring branch it would run 365 days a year. There is plenty of flow! I’m not sure how much drop there is, but you could always create more by diverting some of it through a pipe upstream a bit. If we stayed here I would absolutely invest in a microhydro turbine and battery bank.

  4. This is fantastic Everett! You all have done so much work & the place looks wonderful! I know you’ll hate to uproot again but that drive on that twisty road to Floyd can be tedious and long. What exciting plans you have! I see some sort of intentional community in my future (hopefully a tiny house community) sometime. Good luck with wherever life takes you next! Please give my best to Chuck & Dolly!

  5. What exciting news! Best of luck to you and Missy as you make this transition. The community you’re wanting to start with your friends sounds grand. I completely agree with what you’re going for there — many of the benefits of an intentional community, but everyone owns their own land, etc. The Heirloom Gardens farmers and I often daydream about forming our own intentional community-type thing…

  6. Tommy says:

    Moving in the right direction, literally and figuratively! Hope you sell fast and find a nice rental until the new land presents itself. I’m still on-board for being a part of the new intentional neighborhoold.

  7. Emma says:

    Congratulations on your decision! I hope your transition is a (relatively) smooth one and you find the perfect home and commune-ity site quickly. Finding the right families to build with will be critical and not a task I envy!

    Good luck! Your current place is beautiful but Joseph and I completely understand your desire to be around younger families with children for your new one-to-be. Keep us updated!

    Emma

  8. Everett says:

    Thanks Emma. That’s mango chutney you have on your site sounds delicious!

  9. Laurel H. says:

    Wow; you all have been there about a year, have done all of that? And you’re moving again? Ah, the energy of youth…:) I’m kidding. This is very exciting, how quickly things are changing. That is an enviable life, to be that fluid. Ww’re working towards our own fluidity…

    Blessings and best of luck as you sell this property and create your new life!

  10. Everett says:

    Thank you Laurel. Yes, we’ve been hard at work and I’m not looking forward to having to do it all over again. :-( The reason for this move is actually to get the fluidity over with for awhile so we can concentrate on really building a long-term homestead in a community of like-minded families. We figure we might as well “get it over with” and start the move (or at least take the first step by putting the house on the market) so we can settle down for the long-run faster.

    Blessings to you and your family as well.

    Thanks!

  11. Everett says:

    NOTE: To any of our friends, family and visitors…

    We understand that it is a lot to ask, but would greatly appreciate it you could pass this page around to anyone you know who might be looking to buy a small farm in this part of the country. Blog posts, tweets, Facebook links… are all welcome. The more people who see and share this opportunity the better our chances of finding a new family for this property and great new neighbors for our friends across the road.

    Thanks again!

    Everett

  12. Kevin Gilkes says:

    What a beautiful property. If only I could convince my wife to leave Va. Beach. Good luck on the sale and the new adventure. Keep us posted.

  13. What a lovely home you guys have made there. If was in the marketing to move out of state, I’d love to live in a place like that! It’s gorgeous.

    Also, I love your idea about building an off-the-grid community with some other families. That’s fantastic and I looks forward to reading about your adventures!

  14. De says:

    Dang. I just discovered your blog, realized we are close neighbors (at least on weekends, we have land north of 58 from you) and then yall up and decide to move :-) I think you will enjoy living in Floyd County, it seems like a great place. Good luck selling, I’ll pass your link around.

  15. Everett says:

    Well next time you’re up at the farm De you should drop me an email (I’ll send it to you). I also enjoy the opportunity to “hang out by the creek drinking beer and enjoying life”.

  16. kim grove says:

    hey y’all,
    what exciting times! it will be wonderful to have you three in floyd. bet that willy wonka blueberry girl is REALLY feeling it these days! love, kim

  17. Bobbi says:

    How exciting for you. I heard about this through Mary @Simplyforties and what a neat little place you have! I will post on FB for you. Good luck, it will sell, it is very nice!

  18. Lani says:

    Great post! The farm and house look great. You’ve done wonderful work! Really excited for you guys and look forward to hearing all the updates.

  19. Anne says:

    Your farm is so beautiful and perfect. My husband has stage 4 pancreatic cancer…we currently live in the suburbs but none of us have liked it. I’m a stay at home mom and have to think of where we will go and what we will do when my husband is no longer with us. We want to live as you do and I have looked online for “sharesteads” … I love the idea of your plan and would love to know more. I have a 16 yr old daughter and a 5 yr old daughter. We have 4 dogs and 3 cats. We want to stop being consumers and live a simple life including gardening and some livestock and hopefully live a more natural, peaceful life and one where I could still be home with the kids. I would love the opportunity to talk to you about your farm and plans. We can’t purchase now as we have our suburban home and a farmhouse we had purchased in NC as a retirement home that we are selling soon. Thank you!

  20. Everett says:

    Hello Anne,

    I am very sorry to hear about your husband’s poor health. Several people on my wife’s side of the family have died from cancer, and I know that pancreatic cancer is one of the tough ones.

    One thing you might consider is an intentional community (aka commune). That way you’ll have a support system around and much of the infrastructure you’ll need. There are lots of them all over the country. Some of them are very idealistic and “hippy” in nature; some have been around since the 70s and have shown that they are viable long-term communities; some are even Christian-based or conservative in nature. They come in all shapes and sizes. There is a guide to intentional communities. I think you can get it on Amazon. There are also websites dedicated to listing them all out.

    Good luck in selling your home in North Carolina. I know it’s a tough market. We’re prepared to stay here for several more years if we have to, but would prefer to sell the place and move to Floyd where we feel a real connection with that community and county.

    Warm regards,

    Everett

  21. Anne says:

    Thank you for the information! Your farm is truly exactly what I imagine when I think of where we will live in the future – the only thing holding me back would be the reason you are leaving also – kids. In a couple of years my eldest daughter will be in college and it will just be me and my youngest daughter (and dogs and cats) — and I want to be sure that she has friends to play with. I know she’d love to just play on the farm in the dirt and creek and run around but I want her to have friends too. Not sure about an intentional community but I will certainly look into it. It just may not be feasible to live on a small farm and garden and have animals if it’s just me doing the work so we may have to look into a plan B or C…

    I just want to have a plan in place for us and I hope to be able to stay home w/ the kids. Too much info again…haha

    Thanks for everything -

  22. Andrea says:

    Congratulations! Sounds great and sounds like a book.

  23. Jack says:

    I hope the dream of a new place, for the both of you becomes reality. I know what it is like to build a home stead from the ground, up since I have done it. Many years ago I had the opportunity to do it Alaska, long days and nights as well as bit cold. I was to off the grid for many years myself and it was a great experience and I am glad that I did it. My wife and I since moved to Florida due some what because of family, but are now looking to get back the rural life.
    My business here was installing off grid solar systems, grid tie systems and a combination of both. My wife and I will be up that way in the next few weeks and it might be nice to take a look at your place. Feel free to contact me; I do believe we are like minded at least from your post. Jack

  24. Dan says:

    Hi. I love your homestead! It seems like almost the ideal place my fiancée and I are looking for. We’re getting married at Skyline Drive in a few months and looking at taking a similar path very soon.

    What we’re probably more interested in, however, is possibly joining your future intentional community near Floyd. We too have been looking in that area for the same reasons you describe and would love to have some like-minded folks around us. Community is huge in our minds, and so hard to find just roaming all the real estate listings. Would it be possible to exchange contact info? We’re only a few hours away in Fredericksburg and would be happy to come down there to meet some time. Take care.

    Dan

  25. Mimi says:

    We’re a young couple, looking for a a quiet and nice place in the south to raise our family. This will be a big change for us because we’re currently in NY City, where life is so hectic. My husband & I would love to have livestock in our property. We like your property, but have a few questions about: zoning, easements and other property related restrictions. We would appreciate if you can tell us more about the neighborhood, how far and if there are any employment opportunities. I am in the legal field and m husband is in the hospitality. We would love to talk to you in further details, so please let us now what is the best way to reach you. Thanks! Looking forward to hearing from you.

  26. Everett says:

    Hello Mimi,

    There are no easements on the property, and zoning around here is pretty relaxed. There isn’t much you couldn’t do if you wanted. With that said, there aren’t any single-wide trailers, junk yards or dog kennels around. It’s a nice, quiet area with some older local folks and other transplants like us. The best way to reach me is by email. Would you like me to email you at the address you gave when leaving your comment?

    There are a few small hotels in the area, and a few small law offices in town, but I think they deal mostly with land transactions, divorces, maybe an auto accident here and there… the usual stuff for a small town. We have high-speed internet here so we managed to bring our jobs with us. I think that’s the best plan if you can pull it off, rather than trying to find work around here, unless you can do something like carpentry, electrician work, teaching, healthcare, or operate your own local business.

    Let me know if I can answer any further questions!

  27. Mimi says:

    Thanks for your detailed response. I’ll contact you via email.

    Best,
    M

  28. Chris K says:

    Hi, would you please contact me regarding the property. I will be looking at properties in the area soon and would like to take a more detailed look. Thank you. Chris

  29. Fats says:

    Wish I’d waited a year to buy my house, stumbled on this and actually live in Christiansburg, but townhouses are very confining…

  30. Tina says:

    I think I just found my dream life! Beautiful, Peaceful…just lovely!

  31. Everett says:

    Anne,

    Thank you for buying our farm. We worked hard to make it what it is today and are SO GLAD that it has landed in the hands of someone who clearly can appreciate it. We will really miss the creek and the chickens and the cows and the wonderful neighbors. May you have many years of enjoyment and may the cleansing springs feel cool and healing as you move onto the next chapter of your lives.

    Our warmest and most sincere regards,

    Everett, Missy and Waylon

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  33. phil says:

    as of today april 23 2012 is this property still for sale someplaces show it sold some still available if not sold could i have owners phone number tks

  34. Everett says:

    Hello Phil,

    Yes it is sold. We do know of some other local properties for sale by owner though. What are you looking for?

  35. Susan Hockett says:

    Looking to build a self sustained monastery for Buddhism – Zen Living Pottery Koi Fish Bamboo Fruit Nut Trees – Inheritance going through some crazy thing in court a long sad story of greed and a disinherited orphan (Me) but grieving through the 49 days for my mother (Japanese – Deceased June 5 2014), and my father (American – Deceased 1980) and now I (Susan) Korean is looking for a self sustained property for a monastery to teach the dharma – Zen Way of Life and Peace on Earth….SusanBarela556@yahoo.com

    Ideal would be self sustaining but not profitable more focus on World Peace and calm living humanity and monastics giving services to the elderly and future generations

  36. Ingred says:

    Is this still for sale?

  37. Audrey says:

    no, it is not.

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