PROPERTY

The property is comprised of three parcels totaling over 53 acres. Two are fully forested, the largest lot has a multi-acre meadow where the home sits. 

PEACEFUL, PRIVATE
NATURE FILLED

The home sits towards the southern side of the largest lot.  The bottom of the property is where our driveway starts, the eastern side is the far side of the meadow.  The parcels extend north to the crest of the mountain and west to a small year around creek which forms that western border.

There is no possibility of anyone building somewhere in your view or above you looking down on this property.

We had the parcels surveyed when we purchased them. We had the property edges staked and hiked the perimeter of the property with our realtor and his friend, who turned out to be the head of Park and Rec for Roanoke at the time. It took us three hours to hike the entire perimeter, due in no small part to the steepness of parts of the climb. During the hike, these gentlemen pointed out a good number of interesting / rare mountain plants.  It is not clear when the property might have been last logged.  No one could recall and there is no clear sign of logging.  There are many mature trees on the lot including the quite elderly oaks that sit on the west side of the house on either side of the driveway.

There are old wagon roads winding thru the mountains. One such trail leads from the top of the driveway west to the creek at the western property edge.  It’s a lovely, nearly flat hike that will let you see what the woods are like. If you come to see the property, you should definitely take the time to do that.

The forested portions of the property are in ‘forest use’.  This reduces the tax burden (to almost nothing) while it also puts responsibility on the homeowner to educate themselves and properly manage the forest. There are some wonderful seminars and informative materials on forest management offered by the Forest Service that you can inquire about.  The folks we bought the property from had the Forest Service do a property survey (where they tell you what types of plants you have, make recommendations, etc. and give you a nice, written report in a notebook) and we will leave that for the next owners.

 

SEASONS ON THE MOUNTAIN

Each season brings it’s own character to the view.

 

Part of the joy of living on the mountain is the ever changing view from the Great Room. It is never the same day-to-day. To give you some insight, we’ve included seasonal photos in galleries linked below. These have been taken over multiple years, so in some cases you’ll see the gravel driveway that has now been asphalted etc.

Spring begins with a single warm day, you can feel it. The bright green starts warming up the winter landscape.  Some of the first signs are the Red Bud (a small tree that blooms pink in the early spring) and the Forsythia (a rather nondescript bush for most of the year, in the spring it breaks out in vivid yellow blooms). Dogwood and other blooms come in quickly behind these. The green fills in gradually, you can watch as the green moves up the mountains across the valley.

In Summer, at a bit over 2400 ft., it’s always about 5 degrees cooler than down in the valley.  Here the summer rain storms come in with their corresponding lightning and thunder. When the lightning is overhead, we have joked that the ‘Norse Gods are bowling’ because it’s tremendously loud. We’ve watched the lightning strikes on the ridge opposite.  There you’ll see lightning that strikes up. Yes, we totally meant that, you can see it. It’s a thing. In July, the fireflies appear and the forest sparkles like it has Christmas lights. Then in September you start seeing small signs of the weather cooling and into November the colorful signs of Fall come full on. There’s a reason people flock to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Fall and it’s all around you.  Generally, full Fall color in this area peaks around the end of November. Winter is absolutely breathtaking (and the property has a great sledding hill). We love snow days.  The snow level has peaked at around 4 ft deep up here.  That is a rare event (unfortunately, because it’s really really beautiful), most winters we’ve gotten 1-2 ft.

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