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A class act, Martha Fruehauf on Mistral

A class act, Martha Fruehauf on Mistral

The best buy in Virginia this Spring at more than $140,000 under the current tax assessment? This magnificent 1987 brick tudor on 18.4 acres of mostly open, fenced pastures and outstanding Blue Ridge Mountain views.

Brick tudor home for sale in madison county va

With lots of room, (6000+ finished square feet) for a large family and great open spaces for entertaining, this beautifully built four bedroom, four and one half bath home overlooks gently rolling pasture and a stocked pond. The property has been perfectly maintained and now offers an updated kitchen with new appliances and granite tops.

There is a full apartment on the terrace level, a stylish workshop/studio located near the residence, and an equipment barn with two turn-out stalls near the lower road frontage.

Fenced pastures on Madison County Horse Farm For SaleThis property is in the ideal location in Southern Madison County: less than one mile from US 29 with road frontage on two state roads. And the land is zoned R-1, adding significant investment options for the new owner. Impeccably maintained and priced to sell quickly at just $595,000.

View property listing for 325 Oneals Road, Madison VA
View listing brochure for 325 Oneals Road, Madison VA
MLS 510804

South River Vineyard

1677 Octonia Road, Stanardsville, Virginia 22973
MLS 514589

South River Vineyard is listed for sale with Nest Realty.

South River Vineyard, Stanardsville VA

Here’s your chance to be a stop on The Monticello Wine Trail. There are now over 200 wineries in Virginia and Virginia wines are impressing more and more critics in international blind tastings. South River Vineyard just north of Charlottesville is a small (seven acres) vineyard with mature vines growing in a near perfect Terroir (the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with the plant’s genetics, express in agricultural products such as wine, coffee and chocolate). South River Vineyard produces Chardonnay, Petit Mensang and Viognier grapes for several nearby wineries that have won significant awards with their exceptional fruit.

The vineyard is just a small part of this spectacular property of 92 choice acres overlooking the pristine South River Valley, nestled into the Blue Ridge mountains just south of Charlottesville, Virginia in Greene County. The current owners built a custom home on the property at the highest point overlooking the vineyards and the spectacle of this pristine valley where time seems to stand still. The home, with four bedrooms and three and a half baths, has been meticulously maintained and upgraded since it was built in 1992. Its timeless design and iconic Deck House quality assure it will stand for the ages. There is also a two bedroom manager’s residence above the equipment garage situated below the main residence.

Like most of the surrounding farms, South River Vineyard is protected with a conservation easement which precludes subdivision but allows for the construction of another residence and a winery that could be open to the public. All options are viable, from leasing the vineyard to a nearby winery for cash and wine, managing the vineyard and selling the fruit or expanding the vineyard and creating your own winery in one of the most spectacular settings in the Piedmont.

South River Vineyard - Kitchen and Dining Area South River Vineyard - Master Bedroom with a view

Please call or email John Ince for more details or to set up a tour of South River Vineyard.

South River Vineyard aerial map

Up in the hollow

Last evening was wonderful. I had been asked to prepare a listing presentation for a family, out in the county, out in one of the hollows. The hollows exist all up and down the Blue Ridge and generally follow a stream out of mountains. The streams create some nice workable bottom land and have attracted homesteaders over the centuries that have tended to be pretty self sufficient. They have a sense of community defined geographically at first which then evolves into the rich lore of the mountains as families grow generation by generation and interact story by story.

Five siblings had gathered to interview me. We stood in the bare kitchen of the 1920’s farmhouse. It’s a small farmhouse, four bedrooms and one bath in a little over 1600 square feet. I stood along one wall while all five of them stood along the opposite wall. This was the very kitchen where they all grew up and ate every meal. The youngest was now more than 50. The wood fired cook stove was still hooked up to the flue and there were stacks of short stove wood on the back porch even though mother had passed away more than a year ago.

“She made the best biscuits in that stove, biscuits every morning. She made gravy every day too, never had a meal without gravy. Guess nobody would want that old stove now, would they?”
The four brothers had shared one room upstairs. They all had their own jobs and projects caring for the 50 acres of mountain pasture and woodland. One took care of the chickens, one took care of the hogs and they all took care of the vegetable garden which was over an acre. They weren’t talking about it nostalgically but as if they had just been doing it all yesterday. I asked why the linoleum floor in the kitchen was rubbed black in a couple of places.
“That’s where Mama stood by the stove and that’s where Daddy’s chair always was. We always sat in the same place around the table you know” You could see where the kitchen table had stood. It wasn’t a big table for seven.

We talked about the hollow a little, how you could get anything you wanted. Moonshine? Smiles all around. The property had been in the same family for generations. I expected to see some regrets but found none on their faces. None had continued the farming life. All were on an acre or two but all had moved out of the hollow and become successful in different professions around Charlottesville. I gave them my spiel and they listened carefully, asked important questions then all five signed the listing agreement. It’s a beautiful property and some retiring couple will likely buy it and build a fine home on one of the high knolls with views all the way down the Piedmont Valley. They might chuckle as they describe the hollow to their friends in Alexandria but hopefully, over time, they’ll embrace the lifestyle as they learn it, as the trucks that drive by become familiar and the waves more sincere. It’s a chance to understand an important and rich part of Americana where self reliant folk know they can rely on each other, where you know you could survive off the land if you needed to. You might just find a part of yourself that remembers.