Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More of Our Favorite Things

As I noted in my last blog post, my husband and I are relocating for his job, and our amazing North Carolina horse farm is for sale.  As I prepare for the fact that we will have to move once the right buyer comes along, I've been filled with gratitude and a little bit of nostalgia about all of the wonderful things we have here on our farm.  That, coupled with the great response I got from readers of the first installment of Our Favorite Things, has inspired me to blog about some more of my favorite things about the farm.  So, without further ado, here are some more things we absolutely love about out horse farm.  (If you haven't read the first installment yet, click here to check it out!)

Trails.  Our farm has access to trails with no need to ride along a busy road to get there.  Hacking on the trails is a fun way to cross-train the horses, and there is usually a neighbor around who would love to give you a tour of the trails.

The beautiful trails are also a great place to walk or hike with your dogs!

Fencing.  Safe, secure horse fencing is a tremendous expense, but it's also an absolute necessity.  I love that our entire property is securely fenced and gated.  We selected Electrobraid fencing for the pastures, and we couldn't be happier with the choice.  It is attractive, safe, secure, highly visible, and virtually maintenance free.  We have solar chargers in all but one pasture, which keep the electric bill low and the fences securely hot.  Our horses respect the fences, and we don't have to worry about their safety.  Win, win.  Our pastures are also designed so that they can be easily and inexpensively divided further into smaller pastures if one wanted to create more paddocks.  Also, even though the pastures are large, the paddock gates are all relatively close to the barn.  This means no long treks to turn the horses out!

Indoor Wash Stall.  Our oversized, 12'x12' indoor wash stall has hot and cold water and is ideal for bathing horses year round.  It also has a convenient sink.  It's big enough that you have plenty of room to work around your horse safely and plenty of space to store your horse bathing essentials.  The hose boom keeps the hose overhead so the horses can't step on it.  This increases the life of your hose and makes bath time a breeze!

Concrete, Center-Aisle Barn.  The 12' wide concrete center aisle in the barn is the ideal place to cross tie horses for grooming, tacking, and shoeing.  It's a great, level place for the farrier to work, and it's wide enough for riders, vets, and farriers to safely work around the horses.  It's also long enough to safely tie multiple horses in the aisle with a big, safe distance between horses.

Turnkey & Low Maintenance.  Our farm is completely turnkey move-in ready for people and horses!  It's also very easy to maintain. The brick veneer and attractive vinyl siding on the house require almost no maintenance, and the barn's metal roof and siding are maintenance-free, too!  

Three-Car Garage.  Our 3-car garage is huge and finished.  It's big enough for our quad cab dually with a long bed, our two other cars, our lawn mower, and all of our tools and miscellaneous storage.  It's just a dream garage.  It's also incredibly well insulated.  It feels heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer, so it's always comfortable in there.  It's also got high ceilings and is perfectly suited to be finished and renovated in order to expand the size of the house in a budget friendly way.

Country Living, Suburban Amenities.  We love the feeling of living out in the country, but especially love that we are close to shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.  It's really the best of both worlds!  Many country towns don't have access to the creature comforts like cable TV and high speed internet.  We are lucky to have AT&T U-Verse reliable, high speed internet and television available, in addition to satellite television.  Another great benefit of being close to town is that there are plenty of potential boarding, training, and lesson clients for anyone interested in running a professional boarding or training facility.

Storage.  Storage is essential, and our farm has got that covered.  We have tons of room for storage - in the house, in the garage, and in the barn.  The house has large closets, walk-in closets in the bedrooms, tons of kitchen cabinet space, and additional built-in storage.  The barn has a big feed / tack room, an oversized tack locker, and a huge loft for storage.

Amazing Neighbors.  Okay, I know I mentioned them in my last post, but they are so great I have to repeat it!  It's so important to have neighbors that enjoy having horses in the neighborhood, and we love having just such neighbors.  We rarely see or hear them, which helps the farm feel quiet and private.  At the same time, though, they are always available to help when needed.  In fact, on the coldest night of the year, our power unexpectedly went out (a very rare occurrence).  Our neighbor called immediately to tell me that he already spoke to the power company and to invite us over to their house to enjoy the heat of their wood stove.  (Long story short, our power was back on 45 minutes later!)

Possibly the Best Power Company.  While I'm at it, it's worth noting that our rural power company not only provides power at lower rates than the bigger competition, but they also fix outages more quickly, too.  On the rare occasion that we lose power, our power is back on within a few hours at the absolute longest.  There have been times when others in the community (who get their power from the big name company) have lost power for a day or more, while we got our power back on in an hour or two.  Luckily, these occurrences are rare to begin with.  It's just nice that, when it does happen, it's nothing more than a minor annoyance.

We hope whoever buys our farm will appreciate it and enjoy it as much as we have.  If you think you might be just that person, look below for more information on the property.

You can view more information and 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