15434 Madison Run Rd
The special features of this property are extensive. From heart pine floors to updated roofs, windows and systems…. so much to love.
When you long for a simpler life away from the frantic demands of the city, you’ll find this property on Cook Mountain Drive perfect for your needs. Here you can enjoy your passion for raising horses and other livestock, and live in a home in a peaceful rural setting with endless country views.
It can be difficult to find the perfect piece of land for managing horses. However, it is possible to know more about critical factors, such as soil quality, that can impact the health of horses and the management of a property, including outbuildings and pasture. Buyers who do not pay attention to soil quality may have a more difficult time with horse management and may have to supplement feed with additional minerals and chemical options, as mineral-rich soil often equates to better foraging options.
Whether you currently own a farm or are in the process of searching for one, remember that the land itself is a consideration beyond location, acreage, and price. Especially if you are planning to grow horses, the vegetation, soil, water, and bedrock that serve as the foundation of the top layer of the ground affect the overall health and strength of your horses.
Considering that, where do you start to ensure that your horses get the most benefit from the land they live on?
Soil quality can be easily overlooked as those looking for equine real estate draw up their wish list for a property. However, this factor can be important for a number of reasons. Some may want to have quality pasture for their horses and this is dependent upon the type of soil and the grasses that may be able to grow on a particular soil type. In addition, some soil types, such as a loamy soil can be problematic for paddocks when it rains.
It may be necessary to have different soil types, such as a well-drained soil with gravel for areas such as confinement areas or buildings. The type of soil in an area can make for fewer issues with mud and for a better pasture growth environment. Horse management becomes easier with the right type of soil in the right location.
Before examining the soil, there can be clues in the vegetation as to the amount of water in an area and the type of soil drainage. The types of plants growing in an area can indicate a wet and marshy area. Plants such as hardhack, rushes, sedges, and skunk cabbage often grow in wet areas that are not suitable to use as a pasture. This can be important when creating a layout for buildings and pastures for horses or other animals.
The types of shrubs and trees that grow in an area are often dependent upon soil type and prospective buyers can use the existing vegetation to determine whether or not the property is suitable for one’s purposes. Additionally, anyone selling a farm or equestrian property should be aware of all of the various types of trees and shrubs on the property to address any buyer questions or concerns. More information about the type of soil required by different plants can be found at the conservation district, extension office or local library.
Those checking out a site for their horses may want to take a soil sample. Costs for the test are minimal, when a charge exists. It may be necessary to send in multiple sample for analysis, depending on the previous purposes of the land. If the soil is lacking in certain nutrients needed for horses, it is easier to make changes to chemical management rather than attempting to alter the physical management of soils and grasses.
Good outcomes from positive soil samples are often better for horses raised on high phosphoric soils. Owners may want to look for the presence of natural springs and big trees as this can be indicative of high phosphorus levels and mineral-rich water. Soil that retains excessive amounts of water does not make for strong hooves. Owners want to look for soil that is nutrient-rich and that drains well to support the health of their horses.
How do you ensure that your horses get the most benefit from the land they live on?
First, take a soil sample and have it tested. The cost for testing will depend on how many facets of your soil you want to be analyzed and how many different samples you take.
Once the sample or samples are analyzed, you will receive a computer printout detailing the levels of nutrients present in your soil, including phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, the PH measure of acidity, and potassium. If your farm has been pieced together from an older farm and additional land that might not have been used previously for livestock, take samples from different portions of the farm.
Doing so will keep you from spending money on fertilizers that you do not need on the parts of your farm that are already blessed with minerals. It is also best that once you have the initial soil test done, you continue to monitor the nutrient levels every three to four years, and on land managed, for every two years.
Just like humans, horses also need basic levels of certain minerals and vitamins on a daily basis to maintain their health. When horses graze, they get some of those nutrients from the soil via the grasses that they eat.
If you are planning to grow horses in a horse farm, you must be aware of two nutrient requirements. The first is the nutrient requirements of the crop, and the other the nutrient requirements of the horse. Those two are not always the same.
The chemical management and additives to the grasses are far from the only option that you must consider. Some horse farmers think that they can balance their horse’s ration by feeding the grass. That is not true. The soil will not give the grass 100% of everything put on the soil, and it’s not economically efficient. If the soil is already rich enough to support good growth, you are only wasting your money putting more nutrients on the soil. If you self-impose an imbalance on the soil, it will only affect the crop and the horses.
If you have worked with your soil and the crops being produced are just enough, yet your horses are still lacking nutrients, you can do an analysis on the hay or pasture and find out what the horses are eating. You also need to make sure you are familiar with the nutrition information on any packaged feeds.
Beyond Soil Sampling
Soil sampling is the first step, but it is not the only step you will take if you want to produce the strongest horses possible in your farm. Prospective buyers of horse farms need to understand that not every piece of property is ideal for raising horses.
If you understand your farm and understand your nutrients, you can raise a good horse anywhere if you know the contents of your grass, hay, and what you are feeding them. Hence, when searching for a horse farm, make sure that you do not only look at what can be seen by the naked eye, but everything—from barns to bedrock. It’s good to ask for topographical maps detailing the types and depths of limestone under the surface, water and drainage patterns, prevalence of sink holes, and other factors that might affect the equine athlete.
As you evaluate a possible horse farm to purchase, look at the lay of the land. Big trees usually equal good land for raising horses. This is because trees benefit from high phosphorus levels in soil.
Other than trees, sinkholes also indicate the presence of caverns that are made of mineral-rich rock. The presence of natural springs is also a tip-off. Limestone bedrock usually forces water to travel across its layers, collecting minerals as it moves. When it reaches the surface in the form of natural springs, the result is clear and rich water. Remember though that too much water either sitting in a creek bed or retained in soil is bad, as wet hooves are not strong hooves.
Lay of the Land
Not everyone can be lucky enough to find or buy the perfect land. But if you decide to grow horses on a farm, you need to understand what the limitations are and make the soil more favored for the plants that you are to produce.
Soil is a manageable resource. When looking for a horse farm, don’t go for steep hillsides or boggy bottoms, but something that rests in between. Also, consider the logistics of the site, the size of the land, and the slopes.
Questions about buying or selling equine real estate? Please contact me… I’m glad to answer your questions.
Source Attribution: Thank you to our guest blogger Dylan Snyder of The Snyder Group Real Estate in Jupiter FL.
Enjoy peace and serenity in this gorgeous log home sited in a private, natural setting. This well-constructed home abounds with craftsmanship and interesting architectural details from vaulted ceilings with exposed beams to interesting accent windows. Your family will gather around the Tulikivi stove in the great room or enjoy a cup of coffee on the large porches. The terrace level has a large walkout basement for you to finish.
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Here’s your opportunity to own a beautiful turnkey equestrian farm in the desirable Keswick horse country of Albemarle County VA. Located down a peaceful cedar-lined country road, Cedar Lane Farm takes advantage of the gorgeous mountain views across the street. The property has 38+/- acres which includes pastures and a pond plus the home and equestrian facilities.
This property will delight the serious equestrian. It offers a 6 stall center aisle barn, a 75’x190′ sand ring, fenced pastures, pond, and a huge building for hay/equipment storage.
The 3 bedroom 3 bath home is meticulously maintained and it exudes comfort and charm. The home consists of 2400 finished sq ft. and the 9-foot ceilings add a spacious feeling to the open floor plan. A popular feature is the first floor master bedroom suite; upstairs there are 2 more bedrooms and a full bath. There’s an additional 400 sq ft upstairs that also could be finished. You have even more storage possibilities with a full unfinished basement and your 2-car garage. You’ll have plenty of options to relax in privacy…. a den, a sunroom, your spacious master bedroom, a comfortable living room, or your porch with mountain views.
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Charlottesville is an attractive city in west Central Virginia situated within the upper Piedmont Plateau, at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and at the headwaters of the Rivanna River. It is approximately 100 miles southwest of Washington D.C. and 70 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia.
The City of Charlottesville has consistently made the list of best places to live for over a decade.
It has become a favorite home for young professionals, families, and retired people. Tourists often flock to Charlottesville for beer tours, ballooning, and hiking. People are drawn to the city’s college-town vibe, great restaurant scene, vineyards, history, and cultural life.
Charlottesville’s downtown is Albemarle County’s center of business. The area is home to the Downtown Mall, one of the longest outdoor pedestrian malls in the entire nation. The downtown mall has shops, restaurants, bookstores, boutiques, music venues, and even a speakeasy tucked away in an unmarked alley.
A few blocks from the Downtown Mall is the Court Square. Court Square, just a few blocks from the Downtown Mall, is the original center of Charlottesville and several of the historic buildings there date back to the city’s founding in 1762.
Charlottesville is also home to the University of Virginia, a public research university and the flagship for the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is a community of undergraduate, medical, business, and law students as well as the faculty and staff.
Experience a lively area ripe with vineyards and breweries, as well as shops, restaurants and parks. In summer, you’ll enjoy hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. In winter, you can go skiing and snow-tubing.
There are also many rivers and a few lakes which provide the perfect setting for aquatic pursuits, such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and tubing. The lovely parks offer wonderful settings for sports, picnics, relaxation, and adventure.
If you want to take your adventure to the sky, you can try a hot air balloon or you can also para-glide over the scenic countryside.
You will love its temperate climate, comprehensive public health facilities, good food, and sophisticated cultural resources. In addition, it’s just two hours from Washington DC.
Golfers will surely love the spectacular sceneries and championship courses designed by some of the industry’s top architects.
Charlottesville is rich in equestrian history. There are many horse farms and equestrian properties throughout Charlottesville. They are popular property choices because of the area’s gently rolling hills, lush green pastures, and the proximity to horse shows and fox hunting. Horses graze in open pastures with plenty of grass.
There are also hundreds of miles of beautiful, scenic trails, designed specifically for horseback riding.
James River State Park, nestled in the foothills of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, offers 20 miles of many different types of riding trails. If you prefer wooded riding along wooded trails, pay a visit to the George Washington National Forest.
Market Report for January 2018
There are currently 65 Charlottesville farms for sale. The prices range from $300,000 to $12,300,000. Spaces vary from as much as 10 to 870 acres.
For this report we are focusing on farms in Albemarle County immediately surrounding the city of Charlottesville.
The median listing price of these horse farms is $ 1,430,000.
Call me, Pam Dent, at 434-960-0161. With my extensive knowledge of the Charlottesville area and the real estate market, I can help you find the best equestrian property that suits your lifestyle.
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Welcome to your horse farm in Madison County Virginia. Your gorgeous 44-acre equestrian estate has beautiful pastures and and full facilities for the discerning horseman.. This is a magical property that is lovely in all seasons, with a spring-fed pond, gently rolling hills and mountain views.
The home is a stately white brick Federal Style home. On the main floor is your living room, kitchen, dining room, den, office, a 3-season porch, ½ bath, and mud/laundry room. The floors are hardwood and ceramic tile. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths. A terrace level apartment with its own separate entrance leads to your additional bedroom, full bath, and kitchen…. perfect for your in-laws or guests.
The majority of the beautiful rolling 44 acres is in pasture and board fenced paddocks. The full horse facilities include multiple barns and run-ins. There is a total of 20 stalls. The stallion barn has 6 stalls, the little barn has 6 foaling/pony stalls, and there are 6 temporary stalls in the 120’ x 45’ indoor arena, which can be removed if someone wants to make it back into an arena. In addition there are 2 isolation stalls on the farm. You’ll appreciate the lush pastures with 9 run-in sheds. The bank barn has storage for 800 bales of hay and a run-in shed underneath. The stallion barn with tongue and groove interior paneling and European wrought iron stall fronts has grain room, a break room with a shower (it was a manager’s apartment), tack room, wash stall, washer/dryer, storage, and a 2nd generator. This property has everything you need for a first class professional equestrian facility.
Tucked in a private setting in the rolling hills of Charlottesville is this small horse farm in Emerald Forest. Standing on a 5 acre lot, this property is well-planned and has everything that a horse farm could need.
If you have been longing for a country escape and would like to raise horses, this Charlottesville horse farm for sale is what you have been looking for.
The property comes with a 4 stall center aisle barn, a tack room, a large hay and equipment barn, a lighted ring, two pastures and paddocks.
It also offers a beautiful one-level home featuring 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms walk-out terrace level, an oversized garage and an open plan layout.
Comfortable living and privacy are yours in this Charlottesville country home, priced at ONLY $599,000.
Albemarle is located in Central Virginia. Its county seat is Charlottesville.
A historic community, Albemarle is filled with scenic views of gently rolling pastures against mountains, as well as wooded views.
This home lies in the west side of Albemarle, close to Crozet. From this home, all local schools in the popular Western Albemarle school district are within a 1.5 mile radius.
There are also many shopping and dining options on Route 250, just a few minutes away from this home. And you are also minutes from I-64 for commuting.
This turnkey Central Virginia horse farm for sale comes equipped with a 4-stall center aisle barn.
The center aisle barn with two overhangs is designed for ease of operation.
It allows for convenient storage and as well as providing four 12’x12’ fully matted stalls with drains for your horses.
It also has a spacious tack room to store your saddles and bridles as well as a separate feed room.
A large hay/equipment barn is located close to the stable.
Be welcomed by this home’s well-maintained, landscaped front yard as you walk to its front door.
Step into a spacious and combined living room and formal dining room.
Vaulted ceilings, large windows and hardwood floors welcome you in this inviting space.
The gleaming hardwood floor extends throughout the main living area of the house, giving warmth and a touch of sophistication.
Vaulted ceilings and light painted walls enhance the open space while the big windows let in plenty of natural light.
This room is the perfect setting for entertaining friends or hosting parties.
Next to the great room is the combined family room and kitchen.
This open kitchen/family room layout has a cozy appeal.
The family room is distinct for its beautiful fireplace. Placing a carpet on the sitting area floor will further enhance this room’s welcoming appeal.
On the other side of the room is the beautiful and spacious kitchen.
Equipped with lots of counter space, updated appliances, and plenty of cabinets, your inner chef is sure to be thrilled.
This eat-in kitchen also has a space for a breakfast nook and a breakfast bar.
Just off the family room is a large deck. It is a perfect place to unwind during summer evenings or to entertain friends and visitors.
Make this home’s master suite your private haven.
Light flows freely through the large windows, making this room bright and airy. The carpeted floor gives this bedroom a cozy and intimate feel.
This big room can fit your king size bed with additional furniture, and still have space for you to move around comfortably.
Get the best sleep and rest on your warm and comfortable bed, in this peaceful country setting.
This master bedroom has large French doors which open to its own deck.
The two other bedrooms of this home are equally bright and spacious, providing the best rest and relaxation.
This home also offers a huge terrace level recreation room that you can turn into a home theater, a home gym, a playroom for your kids, or whatever suits you best.
The cream colored walls and recessed light makes this room look spacious and bright.
The light-toned carpeted floors enhance the openness of the space as well as giving this basement a warm and inviting ambiance. This level also has a bedroom, full bath, as well as French doors for walk-out to the yard.
When you want peace and serenity, or you simply want to enjoy some me-time, the stunning scenery of the pastures of this beautiful Charlottesville horse farm for sale can help with that.
This property also has a storage shed, front and side pastures, and a small paddock.
For more photos and information on this home and similar homes in the area, visit my website at http://JumpIntoGreenerPastures.com.
Properties like this are rare, so don’t miss this chance! All you need to bring are your horses!
Call me, Pam Dent, at (434) 960-0161. I specialize in horse farms here in Central Virginia. With my help, you will surely find the best horse farm to fit your budget. Looking for some tips in buying your next horse farm? Check out my buyer’s checklist!
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