LEVELS END – 150 +/- ACRES – LEWISBURG, GREENBRIER CO.

Fantastic country estate less than 10 minutes from historic downtown Lewisburg


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Address
Lewisburg, WV 
Price :
1140000  
ID :
304  
Bedrooms :
4  
Bathrooms :
3  
Square Feet :
4749  
Acres :
150  

Agent Contact:
Paul Grist, (304) 645–7674


Shown by appointment only.  Please contact Foxfire for a private tour.

DESCRIPTION

Superbly located less than 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Lewisburg, Levels End is an extraordinary 150 +- acre country estate situated in the highly desirable area of the Richlands where property is much sought after, but seldom comes available, especially a larger estate property such as this.  Levels End is tucked away on a little traveled country road where the valley meets the foothills of Muddy Creek Mountain.  Milligan Creek originates from springs at the foot of Miller Mountain to flow lazily through the property and is home to the brook trout, West Virginia’s only native trout.  Only two percent of West Virginia’s streams support this beautiful fish with yellow and blue speckled green body.

Highlights:

• 150 +/- expansive acres
• 100 +/- acres in mature woodlands
• 30 +/- acres in fields or pasture land
• Superb private location in highly desirable, convenient area
• 4-bedroom home with year round guesthouse
• Large, inviting rooms
• Modern, spacious kitchen with gas fireplace and 6-burner Viking stove (w/indoor grill + double ovens)
• New appliances
• Spectacular 2-tiered deck off kitchen
• Tiered stone walled gardens surrounding shady bricked patio
•  Sauna in guest house
• Hand-hewn log cabin built from materials over 100 years old
• New energy efficient 4-zone oil furnace
• Milligan Creek – native brook trout stream
• Mix of fields and mature forestland
• Outbuildings: Main barn, grain barn, potting shed, smokehouse, and machine shed
• Hunting and Fishing
• Varietal fruit trees
• Farming opportunities
• Offered as a whole or in 2 separate tracts.  Home and 20 +/- Acres available for $669,000.  Rustic cabin and 130 +/- Acres available for $540,000.

Historically, the property and the creek once housed the center of commerce for the unincorporated town of Richlands.  The millpond still can be seen, as can the foundation for one of the first area post offices just across the lane.  The blacksmith shop, a pivotal site in the remarkable story of the Greenbrier Ghost, is said to have been located at the foot of this property.  The cabin perched on one of Levels End’s high meadows is rumored to be a section of the original Mill.

The main home of Levels End sits high above the road, with a deep privacy screen of old growth trees, wild dogwoods, and evergreens.  Nestled by regal old maples, walnut, and heirloom variety apple trees, the home boasts peaceful views from every window, yet has complete privacy from the main road or neighboring homes.  This early-century farmhouse has the charm of days gone by, but has been beautifully and thoughtfully updated for comfort, convenience, character, and longevity using fine materials and craftsmanship.  From the hand carved accoutrements in the master bath to the custom kitchen and two level-curved ipe and cedar deck, the modern renovations maintain and enhance the simple elegance of country living.

The home’s many options for indoor and outdoor space enhance the livability and quality of life.  The custom kitchen’s open design, including an island that seats 3 and a cozy corner gas fireplace, makes it ideal for cooking and entertaining.  The kitchen’s French doors open onto a spectacular multi-tiered deck featuring a large stone fireplace, comfortable shade, and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside – an idyllic and inviting venue for enjoying a glass of wine with friends, gathering the family, or curling up with a book.

The property is well suited for one person or many.  The year-round guesthouse adjacent to the main four-bedroom home, boasts a sauna, bomb shelter, and distinctive studio space that could double as a workshop or easily be converted into living space.  Adventurous types looking for a rustic experience will enjoy the hand-hewn log cabin perched on a ridge overlooking the Richlands.  With a large stone fireplace perfect for evening fires on a cool night and a covered front porch ideal for relaxing during a rainstorm as raindrops dance on the metal roof, this cabin provides a heavenly getaway with expansive views across Greenbrier Valley all the way to Peter’s Mountain in Virginia.

This sprawling property is perfect for inspiring nature walks, horseback riding, hunting, or fishing.  Approximately 30 acres are in fields or pasture, 20 acres in fields transitioning into new growth forest, and about 100 acres mature woodland.  One favored spot to visit is a pond fondly known as “Wanda’s Landing” – named after the seller’s “best friend” who loved to run and jump in the cool waters on a hot summer day.  This pond is fed by a seasonal stream and tucked away at the mouth of a hollow where the old fields meet the mountain.  Levels End even has an in-ground pool – now a “vivarium” for tadpoles, newts, and frogs – that could be restored for swimming laps or family gatherings.  Levels End is situated such that new owners could farm the land or lease out parcels to a local farmer for growing hay or running livestock.  The terrain and topography of this unique property affords many options for additional building sites throughout the estate, allowing for the potential of future expansion.

AGRICULTURE

There are a total of 55 acres in open land. There are 25 acres of hayfields surrounding the residences. The remaining 30 acres is dedicated to permanent pasture.

The land is fertile and grows excellent grasses that are cut for hay in June and possibly a second cutting is made in September if the weather is cooperative.

TIMBER & WILDLIFE

Level’s End has approximately 140 acres of forestland. The forest is an interesting mix of majestic old growth “Heritage Trees”, valuable timber stands and emerging forest. The property’s agricultural and scenic terrain is complemented by a richly diverse temperate forest ecosystem. Major commercial species include white oak, red oak, yellow poplar, hickory, the maples, ash and black cherry. Along field edges, cathedral oaks and maples provide a scenic backdrop while creating ideal mast sources for wildlife.

Valuable Timber- Complementing the property’s strong aesthetic attributes is a timber resource that is well positioned for value appreciation over the coming decade. With an attractive species mix, adequate stocking levels, and favorable diameter class distribution, the timber amenity represents a strong component of value to the investor.

About 40 acres of the forest contains trees 80-150 years in age. This mature forest stand is made up of several smaller woodlots scattered about the property in the hollows and on the ridges where no agricultural activity occurred. Most of the forest stands are 50-80 years in age, containing pole-size to medium sawlog-sized stems, which display overall good vigor, form and crown health.

The near-term harvest potential provides considerable revenue opportunity early in the investment cycle to cover holding cost while also improving recreational trail access and bolstering long-term forest productivity.

Old Field/Emergent Forest- Level’s End has a long farming history and about 40 acres of the original fields was abandoned after World War II when the area farm workers left the state to find employment in the northern cities. This was also the time when the horse/oxen drawn farm machinery was replaced with the “modern” farm tractor. The steeper fields and pastures where no longer tended as the tractors could not navigate the hillsides like the horses and oxen could. There was twice the acreage involved in agriculture in Greenbrier County in the 1950’s than there is today. The old fields have been transformed into a forest dominated by Hickory, Oak, Black Cherry, Yellow Poplar, Black Walnut and Black Locust.

Legacy Trees- Some of Level’s End trees would be considered “Legacy Trees”, those trees that were here before the mountaineers settled the mountains in the late 1800’s and have withstood the test of time. Huge white oak, red oak, hickory, sugar maple, chestnut oak and yellow poplar trees are scattered over the property.

Carbon Footprint- Each year, the forest and agricultural grasses produce tons of Oxygen while taking in tons of Carbon Dioxide, helping to lessen mankind’s Carbon Footprint. This is an important long-term value so often overlooked when thinking about the forest and attendant farm grasses.

Wildlife- The forest produces tons and tons of acorns, hickory nuts, walnuts, wild grapes, blackberries, beechnuts, poplar and maple seeds. Because there is such an amazing food source, there is an abundance of wildlife, including wild turkey, white tail deer, raccoons, opossums, squirrels and chipmunks. The dense forest, with its closed canopy, is home to a variety of song birds, owls, ravens, buzzards, woodpeckers and hawks. Many of these birds nest in the “den trees” which are full of holes and cavities. The birds feed on a variety of insects and berries.

MINERAL RESOURCES

The mineral rights are believed to convey with the property. Prospective buyers may want to have their attorney do a separate title search to confirm the title to the mineral rights. There are currently no leases of any kind on the property.

WATER RESOURCES

Level’s End is richly blessed with abundant water resources. Milligan Creek meanders through the northeastern portion of the property for about 1000 feet. Milligan Creek is a WV state supported stocked trout stream and just a few hundred feet upstream from Level’s End this high quality and biologically diverse stream becomes a designated catch and release fly fishing stream. http://www.wvdnr.gov/wildlife/magazine/archive/02spring/trout_fishing_in_the_mountain_state.shtm

An unnamed tributary of Milligan Creek flows 800’along the Old Midland Trail in the northwestern quadrant of the property. This area is one of the most interesting and biologically diverse environs of the property. Cattails, sedges, rushes and numerous other wetland plant species can be found here. In addition to the flora, several wetland species of insects, birds, amphibians and reptiles reside here. This is the place to spend early mornings and late evenings.

There are undeveloped springs located throughout the property. These springs provide a natural year round water source for the resident wildlife.

A small stocked farm pond is located on the southwestern quadrant of the property tucked in behind the pasture and emerging forest/field. Well used wildlife trails through the forest and old fields lead here.

Several ephemeral streams are located in the hollows and interspersed throughout the property creating a dynamic environment. Large trees, moss, ferns and wildflowers growing along the streams create a serene and tranquil setting.

HOME INFORMATION

1.5 Story Main Home & Guest Home
Main Home Living Area: 3185’
Guest Home Living Area: 1564’
Total Living Area: 4749’

Year Built: Turn of the 20th century

Total Rooms: 8
Bedrooms: 4
Total Bathrooms: 3
Full Bathrooms: 3

Garage Type: 2-Car Detached 576 sq ft

Lot Acres: 150 +/- Acres
Foundation: Stone/Block
Roof: Metal
Date of Roof:  Recently replaced and has a lifetime guarantee, as well as a 35-year warranty on finish
Floor: Hardwood, Marble and Tile
Heat: Oil, Hot Water Baseboard
Items to Convey: All appliances, most (but not all) lighting fixtures

HOME DIMENSIONS

Main House Total Living Area: 3185’
Main Level: 2619’
Second Level: 566’

Main Floor

Living Room: 20.5’x14’
Office: 10’x12’
Dining Room: 15’x10.5’
Bath: 7.5’x7.5’
Bath 2: – 10’x8.5’
Master Bedroom: 13’x11’
Bedroom 2: 13’x13’
Bedroom 3: 16’x16’
Kitchen: 15’x16’ + 15’x6
Library: 7’x7.5’ + 17.5’x14.5’
Hall: 16’x6’
Bedroom Hall: 6’x9’
Hall Stairs: 7’x12’
Hall Stairs Second: 23.5’x8’

Second Floor

Bedroom 4: 23.5’x12’
Bath: 3’x4’ + 7.5’x4.5′

GUEST HOUSE

Guest House Total Living Area: 1564’
Main Level: 969’
Basement:  595’

Total: 1192 sq ft
Studio: 16’x21’
Living room: 8’x18.5’
Sauna: 7’x7’
Bathroom: 7’x 7.5’
Bedroom: 16’x14’
Basement: 15’x17.5’
Kitchen: 8’x15’

LOG CABIN

Unfinished Square Footage: 360’

1-Room: 18’ x 20’
Foundation: Stone
Roof: Metal
No Utilities
Covered Porch

THE AREA

Lewisburg, which is the Greenbrier County seat, was voted the Coolest Small Town in America in 2011, combining the warmth of a close community with the sophistication of more urban locations.  Levels End is just a 10-minute drive to the thriving historic downtown district.  The downtown offers year-round live productions presented at the State Professional Theatre of WV, Carnegie Hall, distinctive dining venues, antique shops, award-winning galleries/boutiques, and two summer-season farmer’s markets.  There is also a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities, along with many the big box stores

Lewisburg is home to the WV Osteopathic Medical School (600 students) and the New River Community and Technical College.  The area is a strong economic generator with a solid workforce employed in county/state government, tourism, hospitality, medical, education, retail, construction, wood products, mining and agriculture.

The world-renowned Greenbrier Resort, with 800 rooms and 1600 employees, is located nearby in the sleepy little town of White Sulphur Springs.  The 4-Star resort has a subterranean casino and is home to the PGA tour, the “Greenbrier Classic.”

The Greenbrier County Airport with WV’s longest runway is located just 15 minutes away and provides daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC.  A picturesque train ride from neighboring Alderson connects the area to DC, Phili, Chicago, and many other locations.  By car, DC is 4 hours away and Charlotte is only 3.

Within an hour’s drive are located some of the finest recreational facilities in West Virginia: Winterplace Ski Resort, the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Pipestem State Park and Resort, the 80,000 acre New River National Gorge National Park, and whitewater rafting / fishing on the New River and Gauley Rivers.  The new 10,600 acre Boy Scout High Adventure Camp, Summit (home to the US and World Jamboree) offers weekend visitors ziplining and canopy tours, ropes courses, climbing and repelling, mountain biking, as well as BMX and skate plazas.  Five other area state parks and state forests offer unlimited hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding, and rock climbing opportunities.

Snowshoe Ski Resort is a 90-minute drive through some of the most scenic country on the East Coast and provides the opportunity to visit the historic Cass Scenic Railroad State Park.  In addition to the Greenbrier Resort golf courses, several other area golf courses are available in the area – including Oakhurst Links, America’s first golf course, where guests play using old style hickory-handled clubs and ground-burrowing golf balls!

ZONING

Greenbrier County has a Subdivision Ordinance and all prospective buyers contemplating division of property into lots should consult the Greenbrier County Planning Commission.  All prospective buyers should contact the Greenbrier County Commission and Health Department when considering purchasing or developing any property in the county to determine if the property is subject to any additional zoning ordinances.

Further information on county zoning may be found at http://greenbriercounty.net

TAXES, DEED, LEGAL INFORMATION

Greenbrier County
Lewisburg District
Map 6
Parcels 13, 19
Deed Book 464
Page 405
Taxes 2013: $1,098.60

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