Affordable, Multi-family, Blue Ridge Mountain Retreat

185,000  1.3 acres  Jim Sarver  Nest Realty

Situated between two Appalachian Mountain ranges in southwest Virginia, this property is well within the “safe zone” for a full-time prepping lifestyle or a bug-out location, yet close to all the amenities one could want. The property is quite rural, surrounded by larger farms and the Jefferson National Forest. Wildlife and game animals (bear, deer, wild turkey, squirrel, etc) are plentiful. The large (2338 sq ft plus basement) house includes several separate living spaces that could accommodate several couples, or couples plus children, in a SHTF scenario. This would be a great place for an extended family or group of friends to buy together.

The entire structure is brick, with the front part of the large walk-out basement built into a bank. A safe room or hidden storage could easily be installed in the basement. The “original” house is 3-bedroom, one bath, large living room with fireplace, and an eat-in kitchen, all on one level. A 20×12-foot family room with adjacent full bath (this area could be a small studio apartment or simply a “common room”) connects the original house to a “mother-in-law apartment” consisting of a large bedroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, and bath, all on separate electrical and water hookups from the main living space. Hardwood flooring throughout, with vinyl flooring in all 3 bathrooms.

The home sits on 1.3 acres that includes a large, verdant, organic pasture for goats or other small animals, a small barn, organic garden, a small chicken house in a fenced area (plenty of room for a larger chicken house), and a couple of storage sheds. There is a double carport attached to the house. There is plenty of space to grow food for several families, and the property is surrounded by a larger acreage owned by an older prepper couple who may be open to allowing cattle or sheep to graze on their land, and almost certainly are open to cooperative gardening.

There is a well with excellent water and a standard septic system. The nearby New River offers a secondary water source, and there are springs nearby as well. The entire home is wired for a generator. There is a wood-burning stove in the basement that can be used to heat the main part of the house. The property is fenced and cross-fenced.

The property is situated approximately one-half mile (10-minute walk) from the New River, geologically the world’s second oldest river after the Nile. It’s also a 10-minute walk to the small ghost town of Eggleston, where there is a lovely restaurant that often features live music, a church, post office, fire station, and several homes.

Neighbors are all quite self-sufficient: hunting and wild-food gathering, gardening, food preservation, heating with wood-burning stoves, etc. is the way of life here, yet most people are well-educated and a pleasure to interact with. Most activities are church-based. A 15-minute drive brings one to the county seat of Pearisburg, a small town with basic amenities. A 25-minute drive over the mountains takes one to Blacksburg, home of Virginia Polytechnic University (Virginia Tech) and typical malls, food stores, and shopping amenities. In a SHTF scenario, however, the mountains and national forest would present a formidable barrier to incoming travel.

The mountain climate is pleasant, with warm days and cool nights in summer and only occasional snowfall in winter. Springs and falls are long and lovely. You will not need air conditioning at night here in summer!

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Best prepper features:

  1. Brick structure
  2. Full basement with one finished room and the potential for safe rooms
  3. Could be multi-family or extended-family dwelling
  4. Organic garden and space for livestock
  5. Good well; alternate water sources nearby
  6. Wired for generator
  7. Good potential for solar (SE-facing)
  8. Great self-sufficient neighbors with many having a prepper mindset: people are unlikely to come after YOUR stuff; on the contrary, neighbors band together to help each other when needed.
  9. Affordable!