Flee the city for these 8 farms
Urban life isn't for everyone. So if you're a weary city dweller fed up with all the noise and traffic, why not escape to the country and buy yourself a farm?
With you in mind we went searching high and low for various types of farms across the country, just to get an idea of what your options might be.
We came up with eight astonishingly different properties from 70 to nearly 300 acres. Would you prefer milking cows in Oregon? Or getting your hands dirty growing organic produce in New York? Or raising cattle in the California foothills of the Sierra Nevada?
The homes on those farms range from big and modern to small and rustic. The 19th century house on that New York farm can even be used as bed & breakfast.
How much do these rural lifestyles run? From $299,000 to almost $700,000. If that sounds like a lot you haven't been house shopping in New York City or San Francisco lately.
Let's start with the cheapest option and go from there.
Address: East Woodrumtown Road, Hinton
Property taxes: $483 per year (property will be reassessed after sale)
House: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,150 square feet
Located about 90 miles southeast of Charleston, there isn't much Sassafras Mountain Farm lacks. The scenic surrounding mountainside forms a watershed that includes seasonal streams, a woodland pond and a stone-lined spring. You'll find 12 acres of open hayfields and cropland and two fenced-in gardens that total a quarter acre. The remaining acreage is mixed forestland that the owners' estimate hasn't been harvested in about a century. In the gardens you'll find apples trees, blueberries, raspberries and established beds. The old wooden barn is fit for a movie set, equipped with hay, animal pens and plenty of scattered light. Yet it has electricity and can be used as a workshop. There are also two wooden tool sheds and a small cabin. The custom-built, two-story farmhouse is rustic, with oak floors and a wood-burning stove. There's also a large stone fireplace next to the kitchen. This farm has the lowest price and cheapest property taxes in our slide show.
See more photos of this West Virginia farm.
Contact: W. Paul Grist of Foxfire Realty at 304-661-6543
Address: 184 Colburn Road, New Boston
Property taxes: $6,911
House: Main house: 3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, 2,590 square feet. Cottage: 1 bedroom, 1 half bath, 412 square feet
Maple syrup enthusiasts, here's your chance to own a certified tree farm only 18 miles west of Manchester. Timberinghill, as it's known, commands the second highest price per acre, and second highest property taxes, in our slide show. But it offers fruit trees, sugar maple trees for syrup and enough room for a starter Christmas tree farm. There's also a horse pasture, a pond and plenty of trails. This property has a New England-style barn that's currently set up for sheep, alpaca or cattle. The main home is a colonial farmhouse, a late 18th Century beauty surrounded by open land. It has well-maintained pine floors and two fireplaces. You'll also find a detached garage with three bays (one for a tractor) and a rustic summer cottage with a half-bath, perfect for an art studio. The cottage features a covered porch for cool summer nights. The farm is bordered by conserved land, so you won't have to worry about development.
See more photos of this New England farm.
Contact: Shirley Sullivan of Farms and Barns at 603-493-1493
Address: 1665 Blue Buck Creek Road, Duck River
Property taxes: $1,530 per year
House: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,448 square feet
If you're after some open land to ride horses or keep cows, you shouldn't need much more than the fenced-in pastures of this beautiful farm in Duck River. Located 60 miles southwest of Nashville, the land is flush with trees and grasses for wildlife. Blue Buck Creek meanders throughout the property. But you don't have to stick to horses and cows. This farm is also zoned for agriculture, so you can grow crops and live off the land. There's a storage building for any equipment that needs housing. And the wood cabin offers a nice relaxing getaway after tending to livestock and crops. It's has an open floor plan, a stone fireplace and a large porch for quiet nights. The guesthouse is a perfect place for family and friends to stay on long weekends. Although this farm costs around $7,040 per acre (the highest per acre cost in our slide show) property taxes are among the cheapest.
See more photos of this Tennessee farm.
Contact: Dan McEwen of The McEwen Group at 931-381-1808
Address: 7122 East Langell Valley Road, Bonanza
Property taxes: $4,566
House: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,472 square feet
If you've always wanted to own a dairy farm here's all the land and equipment you'll need to accommodate up to 300 cows. There's a 1,370 square-foot double herringbone milking parlor, a 1,800 square-foot hay shed and a main barn that boasts 11,520 square feet. A bunch of other sheds and storage facilities are on the property, too. It's all built along the Lost River in south central Oregon, about 25 miles east of Klamath Falls. This is the second priciest property in our slide show and includes a large rustic home on a private knoll surrounded by trees. Inside you'll find a unique, open design in which a high-beamed country kitchen with wood floors and a brick fireplace opens up into a high-beamed living room with a stone fireplace. After a long day of dealing with cantankerous cows you can lounge out back on the enclosed patio or covered deck.
See more photos of this Oregon farm.
Contact: Bob Bacon of Summit Real Estate at 541-891-0309
Address: 1057 Elizabethtown Road, Llion
Acres: 117 acres
Property taxes: $5,097
House: Main house: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2,300 square feet. Second house: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,400 square feet
Why buy fresh produce when you can grow your own and make a profit? This organic produce farm, just seven miles off the Thruway and 22 miles southeast of Utica, has the essentials you'll need to pull it off, including a greenhouse and plenty of flat, well-drained land. The main house is a restored white Italianate Victorian, originally built in 1876. And what's really fun is that the 5-bedroom main house can also serve as a bed & breakfast – imagine offering fresh produce to your guests every morning. There's also a second 2-bedroom home that can be rented out to generate extra income. If you want more than a produce farm, there's a hay barn and a dairy barn, making it possible to keep horses, cattle, goats or sheep as well. When you're ready to sell your produce there's an on-site farm stand that offers a walk-in cooler and shelving.
See more photos of this New York farm.
Contact: Terry Marrone of United Country at 315-823-2838
Address: Lum Williams Road, near Kenansville
Property taxes: $750 per year
Home: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 500 square feet
This riverfront farm lies halfway between I-95 and the Atlantic Ocean, 65 miles or so east of Fayetteville. About 95 acres is pastureland, some of it fenced, making it ideal for horses and livestock. There are also three ponds, one that's stocked with fish. You can go duck hunting, and the opportunity even exists to create an organic farm. Plus, the property is move-in ready, offering a recently built, rustic cabin on top of a storage barn. The wood cabin is cozy – a nice way of saying it's the smallest home in our slide show – and includes all wood floors, a wood-burning fireplace and an open floor plan that makes it feel spacious. Of course, one of the coolest things about this farm is that it includes a bluff overlooking a 90-degree bend on the Northeast Cape Fear River, providing a great view of the water.
See more photos of this North Carolina farm.
Contact: Mike Wessell of Southern Field & Forest at 919-801-5383
Address: 37434 Road 800, Raymond
Property taxes: $6,990
Home: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,900 square feet
The largest and most expensive farm in our slide show is located in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a stone's throw from Yosemite and Sequoia national parks. There are two separate parcels (190.56 and 98.16 acres) that feature a lake and three ponds for cattle and recreation. You'll also find fishing, hunting, horse trails and plenty of grazing land. Wildlife is abundant on the property, making it a great place for a photographer. If your goal is some peace and quiet, you'll find it here. Situated in the foothills and surrounded by greenery, the craftsman-style house is also the largest you'll find here. The home's water source is the property's artesian well. And if you're looking for some dinner, you can fish for bass right out of the lake. There's also an oversized garage, workshop and large barn for all of your equipment.
See more photos of this California farm.
Contact: Tolley Gorham of Realty World of the Sierras at 209-742-6000
Address: 184 Wood Street, Steele
Property taxes: $641 per year
House: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,100 square feet
It's easy to get away from the city – and back again – when you're minutes off I-59 and just 50 miles northeast of Birmingham. That's the case with this livestock and crop farm in Steele. Bring in some cattle dogs and you'll have everything you need to run the farm, including a pasture and a barn big enough for equipment and tractor storage. There's even a four-acre lake and a three-quarter acre pond. Hunters will appreciate the mature hardwood forest that covers approximately 30 acres. The ranch-style house boasts wood paneling throughout and some nice amenities including a double-oven in the kitchen and floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace in the great room. And let's not forget the two two-car garages. One's attached, one's detached and includes a bedroom and shower. This is the third least expensive property in our slide show and has the second-lowest property taxes.
See more photos of this Alabama farm.
Contact: Chad Camp of Lovejoy Realty at 205-478-4974
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