The new realtor's wife comment when looking at the house below for us, eight miles outside a small southern city with everything we would need, was that she had no idea why anyone would want to live out there. Now, eight miles in North Salem, NY, a deliberately rural horsey suburb of New York City, is nothing. And we like it like that. This person clearly loved to have the neighbor’s right there and a block of people who chat and rely on one another. I have been there and then some, living in claustrophobic quarters of major northeastern cities and now also experiencing a .25 acre lot in a sub-division in Florida. Neither one is a long term place for my spirit.
I am not a fan of even large-lot sub-divisions, either. I don't want groups of others to determine the type of grass and landscaping I can have, the size of my dog, or color of my home. It is too intrusive and for me though I love to have neighbors and friends nearby.
Now a question for you: What do you think about living on 6 acres located eight miles out of the city, your nearest neighbor a quarter mile gallop away, and no street lights?
That is where this house is. Forgive the quality of the photos...
but has been the victim of some dubious decisions: You cannot see it here but white paint has been slapped over paneled knotty Carolina heart pine in the living room. The paneling is very noticeable in reality and does not at all suit the house. I know what the pine looks like because in the huge family room, the paneling is still uncovered by paint. For devotees of pine and native Carolina woods, it must be glorious. But my taste in woods runs to mahogany, oak, rose, and pecan. To me, the pine is just not sophisticated enough for the house. This bothers me.
Though the kitchen has new countertops, the whole thing needs renovated. I would keep the cabinetry because it is quality and some form of checkerboard floor but over time the rest would change. There is a huge windowed sun porch through a pass through to the left. I love it for its sunniness and potential for the Hostess' projects.
Here is the ruinous magnificence about this place: All over the acreage there are these ruins of fabulous outdoor spaces: Patios, picnic areas, fountains, fruit and nut orchards, and (to the left below) a real live grape arbor. There are horse farms on both sides and a stream at the back of the property. There is room for horses on the grounds though no stable or fencing, yet. The is a long pine lined drive which has never been paved. Also, a concerning sump pump in the basement (basements are rare in this area). There is also a "garage" which is actually a corrugated shed workshop in the way back and a supposed fourth bedroom (which has not been discovered yet), according to the listing.