They say it's the most beautiful place in the Blue Mountains! And, everything you need is right here – abundant water, off-grid power, an attractive and comfortable home, year-round access, ponds, streams, gravity-fed spring water, gardens, a large barn and several sheds, propane appliances, wildlife aplenty, mature trees, views, the best sunsets around, and more stars in the sky than you've ever imagined!
Do you feel a need to get away from the turmoil of today's wacky world, and still want to live in a place that is full of grace and beauty? Look no further. This property will grab your heart AND supply all your homestead needs.
From the gravel county road, drive (or walk!) through the gate and down the winding gravel way, amid grass that grows over your head in the summer and waves like its dancing on the breeze. You'll pass the big barn and then see the classic western home overlooking the pond. Come on in!
Land – 277 acres completely surrounded by U.S. Forest Service, with both North and South Slopes supporting ponderosa pine forests on the south slopes, and old-growth fir stands on the north slopes. There are open pastures through the bottom land and scattered grassy openings in the forests, upslope. The land rises in the south to a basalt ridge where mountain mahogany shelters the deer. Perimeter fences surround the entire property. Do you love wildflowers? Their colors change through the season, so each day brings a different view. A vegetable and berry garden is fenced to protect your crop, and the house is U-shaped around another "secret garden." There are some young blueberry bushes and apple trees which will soon supplement the historic apple and plum orchard at the settlers' old homesite. Aspen groves have been established to restore the native plant community. This property has been cattle-free for 15 years, so the native willows, alders, and grasses have re-established along the stream and all across the property making the best fish and wildlife habitat for miles. This is a place of rare silence and solitude.
Water – Two large ponds are stocked with fish and great for swimming. A fish-bearing, year-round stream runs the length of the property, and many springs keep the whole place green far longer than surrounding lands. One of the springs supplies the house with the freshest gravity fed water you've ever tasted! It also irrigates the gardens and lawn.
Buildings – A beautifully modest house contains two bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, living room, sunroom, and a poured concrete basement. One of the bedrooms has its own, covered entrance. A loft has been used as a third sleeping area. Woodwork in the house includes hand-cut oak floors, cherry window trim, and knotty pine. The house is centered around a glassy sunroom looking out onto a protected kitchen garden and down to the stream. A large back porch will bring you views of the stream, pond, and sunsets as you relax in a rocker after a day of gardening. The spacious basement includes a pantry cabinet for long-term food storage and there is plenty of shelving for tools and supplies. A cellar door offers direct access to the basement from outdoors, so firewood can be stacked directly inside for the basement woodstove. (No going out in the weather to load the woodstove here!) The 30' x 60' barn is big enough to hold all your tools and toys. Two additional outbuildings are great for a workshop or storage. There are also, 3 historic building shells on the property that connect you to a sense of the settlers of yesteryear.
Power – The main power is a 1,000-watt solar system which runs everything (but if you want even more, it could be easily upgraded). A hydro-electric system is a minor add-on, and a 3,000-watt Honda generator supports any unusual demands. A 1,000-gallon propane tank supplies the refrigerator, oven/stove, and a few gas lights that are left from before the solar system was installed; they throw a lovely light. Heat is a combination of wood from the basement stove and small propane heaters in the bedrooms.
Activities – Kayak on the pond, watch the fish, or catch your dinner. Walk the hills to find deer, elk, or turkeys. Listen to the musical sound of the coyotes or the haunting bugling of the elk in autumn. Collect mushrooms, berries, onions, and other foodstuffs. It's less than 10 miles to a public lake and campground (for the energetic, it's a great bike ride!). Or, soak at the hot springs! Explore the many gated roads. Hike the NB trail at Nipple Butte. Visit Arch Rock or the National Fossil Beds and Paleontology Center.
Surely, there is no self-sufficient homestead available with more beauty and grace to feed your soul as well as your body. Call today to book a viewing.
Available for showing May 1, 2020
Commanding Views, Fenced or Gated, Saferoom or Bunker
Aquaculture, Barn, Fenced Pasture, Fields, Garden, Marketable Timber, Orchard, Pasture
Creek, Spring, Stream or Pond, Waterfront, Well or Spring
Generator, Off-Grid, Solar, Solar/Hydro/Wind
Cell, Internet, Phone, Satellite
Year Round Road
- Gravity-fed spring water