Sunday, December 21, 2014

Our Favorite Things...

Our beautiful farm is currently on the market.  We had no plans to move, but my husband's company offered him an amazing opportunity to open an office for them in another city.  Although we are excited to embark on our next adventure, there are also so many things that we will miss about our incredible farm here in Crouse.  So I've compiled a list of our favorite things about our farm, many of which I think will quickly make the favorites list of whomever buys it.

Wonderful, Horse-Friendly Neighbors.  Farm buyers cannot underestimate the importance of having neighbors who enjoy having horses in their neighborhood.  Having neighbors who don't enjoy these majestic creatures as much as we do can really create friction and tension.  We are lucky to live in an incredibly horse-friendly community, and we are even luckier that all of our neighbors love horses, too.  Two of our adjoining neighbors have horses themselves, and the others are constantly telling us how much they enjoy having our horses nearby.  It really makes having a horse farm that much more enjoyable.

Convenient Water at Every Turn.  Anyone who has run a horse facility knows that water is essential, but watering horses at a poorly planned facility can easily become an inconvenient and time-consuming chore.  In the barn, we don't have to drag out heavy hoses every time we want to water the horses.  We have hoses at every, single stall to make watering a breeze.  Outside, we have frost free hydrants at every pasture, meaning fresh water is easily available no matter how cold it gets.  All pastures are also close enough to a power source that trough deicers can be used in the coldest months - so we never have to chop ice.  (Plus, it's NC, so we really can't complain about the cold, anyway!)

Professional Arena with Amazing Footing.  We specially designed our 100' x 220' arena to have safe, durable footing and to drain very well.  It's large enough for a full course or jumps or to put an Olympic-sized dressage arena inside. We have meticulously maintained the footing, and we can only hope we find an arena this nice when we move.  As a bonus, the amazing view from the ring makes our time in the saddle even more enjoyable.

The Barn.  We just love everything about our barn and all of the features that make it beautiful and functional.  It has large, matted stalls with fans and insulated water buckets.  Between the oversized tack locker, big feed room, and loft, there is plenty of storage.  The indoor wash stall with hot and cold water makes bathing possible year-round.  The skylights provide plenty of natural light year round, and the insulation keeps it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  The concrete center aisle is easy to clean and a great place for vets and farriers to work.

Easy Trailer Access.  Nearly any size horse trailer can get in and out with no backing required!  Need I say more?

Our Cozy Home.  We love the high ceilings and tons of storage.  We love the natural light and the recessed lighting in every room.  We love the high quality stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and the beautiful tile countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.  We love having a huge 3-car garage that is so well insulated it maintains a comfortable temperature year round.  We also love that, if we ever wanted to expand, the infrastructure is already in place.  The land beside the house is leveled, and there is a 4-bedroom septic in place.  The deep, 300' well means no worry about having fresh water all the time.

Our Pastures.  Our terraced pastures are designed to drain well, and they really do.  This makes for safe turnout in almost any weather, and it also helps our grass grow really well.  The Electrobraid fencing is durable, low maintenance, and highly visible.  Solar fence chargers keep the electric bill low.

Location, Location, Location.  On a basic level, NC as a whole is simply amazing - great weather, friendly people, and lots and lots to do.  Crouse, where our farm is located, is also a wonderful town.  It's a small, country town with convenient access to all the amenities of bigger cities like Lincolnton, Charlotte, Gastonia, Hickory, and Asheville.  It's close to shopping, dining, and entertainment.  It's close to hiking, camping, skiing, and lake activities.  It's also close to tons of horse shows, the closest of which is only 10 minutes down the road.  It's only 90 minutes to Tryon, home to the Tryon International Equestrian Center and many other show venues.  Our home itself is perfectly located back from the road at the end of a tree-lined driveway, offering peace, quiet, and privacy.  

Amazing Sunsets.  It seems that every sunset here is more beautiful and colorful than the day before, and we always have a front row seat from our beautifully landscaped yard.  From sunset dinners on the patio to sunset rides with a prime view from the arena, we will definitely miss the beautiful views and breathtaking sunsets this property has.

We have had so many wonderful memories here that my list could go on and on and on!  One additional thing our buyers will be able to add to their list of favorite things is getting all of the big improvements we made to the farm, including the riding arena, pasture fencing, and a new HVAC system that has years left on the warranty, at a deep discount. Our loss will be their gain, and we hope that whoever buys our farm will enjoy it and cherish it as much as we have.

Want to read more?  Check our More of Our Favorite Things!

You can view more information about pictures about our property here.

You can view a virtual tour here.

There are also many pictures on our farm website and our farm Facebook page.

For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact our broker:

Jo Zarnoch
Keller Williams
(704) 400-1701