MACKENZIE LAKE – 144 ACRES +/-

Outstanding 144 acres featuring stunning 10-acre lake and cabin lying in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains


Price :
$700,000  
ID :
520  
Address :
525 Brushy Flat Rd., Renick, WV 24966  
Acres :
144 +/-  

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.646.8837 or 304.645.7674


MacKenzie Lake lies in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains in the unspoiled southeastern region of West Virginia. This stunning 10-acre lake and cabin is completely surrounded by a total 144 acres of densely forested woodland with a few scattered wildlife openings. The abundance of water is a major contributor to the local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals.

The surrounding Allegheny Mountains provide a flawless backdrop for this 144-acre high elevation country estate. Forest trails offer hiking, horseback riding and ATV/off-roading adventure. Beyond the sheer beauty of the water, the lake offers the soft recreation activities of swimming, paddle boating, ice skating and of course fishing for bass, bluegill and crappie (lots of 4 to 5 pound bass).

The lakeside cottage provides peaceful views of mountains and water from every room. It is very common to see deer and turkey grazing in the shore-side forest while ducks and geese paddle by on the water. There is a good chance bald eagles, red tail hawks or blue herons will make a morning visit.

Just as 150 years ago, when the first mountaineers settled the area, the property would be self-sustaining in times of necessity – even without electricity.

  1. Fresh water for drinking and cooking would come from the springs and 5 drilled water wells (hand drawing water from the wells using a cylinder well bucket).
  2. The lake and forest would provide fresh food (fish, deer, and turkey).
  3. The agricultural land would be used to raise livestock, vegetable gardens, berry patches, fruit orchards, and row crops of corn, oats and barley.
  4. Bee hives would provide honey and beeswax for candles.
  5. The vast forest would provide firewood for heating and cooking, lumber for building, maple syrup and pounds of nuts (walnuts, beechnuts and hickory nuts).

Whether it’s for just a weekend or year round living, MacKenzie Lake is where you can put another log on the fire, enjoy a good book, and let time slip away.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Crystal clear, spring fed, 10 acre lake surrounded by 144 acres of dense forest
  • Hand crafted cabin on the lake designed for easy living and enjoying family and friends
  • Cozy guest cabin in private setting
  • Water loving wildlife includes stocked fish, blue herons, wood ducks, mallards, raccoons, Canada geese, turtles, bullfrogs, crayfish, muskrats, newt, and salamander
  • Valuable timber with considerable commercial value should one choose to selective harvest
  • 5 drilled water wells strategically located throughout the property for future development
  • One of the water wells has a rated flow of 50 gallons per minute
  • Located in recreationally popular and culturally important Greenbrier County
  • Historic Lewisburg, major retailers, restaurants, hospital is a 35 minute drive on quite roads
  • Jet air service to Charlotte hub is a 35 minute drive at Lewisburg
  • Easy access to Interstates I-64, I-77, I-81 and I-79
  • Rock outcroppings for bouldering and free climbing
  • Scattered wildlife openings creating desirable “edge effect”
  • Resident wildlife include most eastern region fur bearing mammals
  • Winged wildlife include bald eagles, wild turkeys, grouse, neo-tropical song birds, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, ravens, and a large variety of other small birds
  • The darkest of night skies with little or no light pollution for star gazing and planet observation elevations run from 2587’ to 2840’
  • Some very ancient 200 + year old “Heritage Trees” scattered about the old boundaries
  • Piles of field stone about the old field edges gathered by early mountaineers
  • Long views of distant mountains from across the lake and from the high ridge
  • Surrounded by large forest tracts and farms providing privacy and seclusion
  • Short drive to Greenbrier River Trail, Greenbrier River and Monongahela National Forest
  • Mostly flat to rolling topography with seasonal branches creating an interesting natural setting

MACKENZIE LAKE

The 10 acre lake provides a stunning main focal point framed by the backdrop of the fields, forest and mountains. The acre lake is a major contributor to local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals.

The lake and its surrounding aquatic plant life create a water supported community with a wide variety of wildlife. Much of the margin of the lake is fringed by wetlands, and these wetlands support the aquatic food web, provide shelter for wildlife, and stabilize the shore of the lake. The plant life associated with the wetland includes rushes, sedges, cattails, duckweed and algae.

There are many animals that live in the water and around the edges of the lake including raccoons, opossums, blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, minnows, stocked fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrat, bull frogs, and redwing blackbirds.

Of course there is the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, pond skaters, water beetles, damselflies, tadpoles and various insect larve.

HOME INFORMATION

  • 7-Room home on 144 +/- acres with a gorgeous 10-acre lake, fields, and forestland
  • Concrete – based hardboard exterior siding to enhance fire, insect, and bird resistance
  • Stone-faced chimney and foundation
  • Central air
  • LP Gas Forced-Air Furnace
  • Stone-faced fireplace with a granite hearth
  • Fireplace has a wood-burning “The Earth Stove” insert
  • Log-style interior wall coverings
  • Carpet, Laminate, and Vinyl flooring
  • Corian kitchen counters, Maple cabinets, and marble bath vanity tops
  • 5 Water Wells with water hydrants at several locations on the property
  • Additional cabin with electricity, water, and septic system
  • Other storage structures

Room Information
2 Bedrooms
2 Full Bathrooms
Kitchen/Dining/Living Room (open concept) with Stone Fireplace having a granite hearth & wood burning stove insert “The Earth Stove”
Reading/Lake Viewing Room
Sun Room with Open Deck overlooking the lake
Covered Front Porch overlooking the lake
Unfinished Basement (outside entrance)

Home Square Footage Summary
1352 SF +/- Main Floor
304 SF +/- Unfinished Basement
Total = 1656 Square Feet +/-

Room Dimension Summary
Master Bedroom 10 X 12
Master Bathroom 8 X 6
Second Bedroom 12 X 12
Bathroom 5 X 8
Kitchen/Dining/Living Room 33 X 15
Reading/Lake Viewing Room 17 X 8
Sun Room 16 X 16 with 16 X 14 Open Deck
Unfinished Basement 16 X 19

Buildings
Equipment Shed (not measured)
2 In-ground 8 X 20 metal storage units
One used for secure storage of lawn equipment, etc.
One used for other secure, constant-temperature storage
23 X 15 Cabin with 200 AMP electricity, water, and septic system

LOCATION

Google Coordinates:
38.044337°(N), -80.383006°(W)

Address: 525 Brushy Flat Road, Renick, WV 24966
Elevation Range: 2587 ft. to 2840 ft. +/-

AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES

There are approximately 20 acres of open land composed of native grasses that are routinely mowed for stunning aesthetic value.

TIMBER RESOURCE

MacKenzie Lake’s 115+/- acre timber resource acreage is composed of unusually high quality Appalachian hardwoods. This well managed timber resource can provide a great deal of flexibility to the next ownership in terms of potential harvest revenue and can be managed to provide cash flow opportunities to offset holding cost and long-term asset appreciation.

Capital Timber Value of the timber and pulpwood has not been determined.

Species composition:
The forest’s predominately well-drained upland terrain has led to a resource dominated by hardwood species. Overall, the species composition is highly desirable and favors Appalachian hardwood types, consisting primarily of:

  • Black Cherry
  • Sugar Maple
  • Poplar/Basswood
  • Red Oak Group
  • White Oak/Chestnut Oak
  • Soft Maple
  • Hickory
  • Ash
  • A host of associate species (black walnut, birch, beech)

Stocking, Stem Quality, and Forest Structure:

Forest-wide, most stands are fully stocked, providing the next ownership with a great deal of flexibility in shaping their own silvicultual legacy. Stem quality forest-wide can be considered excellent with the forest containing an abundant current and future veneer source.

The property’s timber component has been well managed over the years and generally consists of two age classes that have been managed under even-aged silvicultural guidelines. The predominant timber stand contains 40-120 year old stems ranging in size of 10”-36” dbh. Portions of this stand have been thinned over the last several decades as prudent forest management called for. Many sections of this stand are ready for a selective thinning which will generate considerable income.

The second distinct stand was established over the past 50 years when some of the farm fields and pastures were abandoned and the forest began to naturally regenerate. These stands represent a quality hardwood resource and will be reaching economic maturity in the next 20-40 years.

Sawlog & Veneer Value: These species dominate the sawlog and veneer value, collectively representing nearly all the total sawlog value.

  • The Red Oak group
  • White Oak group
  • Yellow Poplar/Basswood
  • Maples
  • Hickory
  • Ash
  • The remaining value is spread across a diverse range of species including, Beech, Black Walnut, Birch and other associates.

Diameters are well represented across the commercial spectrum with a notable mature size class, as well as abundant pole size timber and growing stock. Average diameter with all sawtimber products 12” dbh combined has not been determined.

Breakdown by diameter class measured 4.5 feet above the ground on the uphill side of the tree has not been determined.

Several “Heritage Trees” are scattered throughout the forest and field edges. These ancient trees, some 200-300 years old, have withstood the test of time, weathering ice, wind, lightning strikes and fire.

The forest is healthy and there are no signs of pest infestations of Gypsy Moth. The Emerald Ash Borer, which has inundated the entire Northeast US, is present and the Ash component will significantly decline over the next decade. There have been no forest fires in the recent memory.

The forest floor is home to several types of mushrooms, medicinal plants, wild ginseng, ferns and cool green mosses. One could spend a lifetime getting to know this inviting environ.

WILDLIFE

The lake is a major contributor to local ecosystem richness and diversity for both plants and animals.

The lake and its surrounding aquatic plant life create a water supported community with a wide variety of wildlife. Much of the margin of the lake is fringed by wetlands, and these wetlands support the aquatic food web, provide shelter for wildlife, and stabilize the shore of the lake. The plant life associated with the wetland includes rushes, sedges, cattails, duckweed and algae.

There are many animals that live in the water and around the edges of the lake including raccoons, opossums, blue herons, Canada geese, wood ducks, mallards, minnows, stocked fish, turtles, salamanders, newts, crayfish, muskrat, bull frogs, and redwing blackbirds.

Of course there is the insect and microscopic world including butterflies, dragonflies, pond skaters, water beetles, damselflies, tadpoles and various insect larve.

The estate has a mixture of hayfields/pasture, mature forest and abandoned farm fields, coupled with the abundant water supply from the lake, creeks and springs, creating the perfect wildlife habitat. The miles of “edge effect” created between field and forest is the textbook habitat for all the resident wildlife. The edges create a miles long wildlife food plot. Bald eagle, white tail deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, owls and raptors make up the resident wildlife population.

The hardwood forest provides the essential nutrient source and produces tons of hard mast including acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts and black walnuts. Soft mast includes stag horn sumac, black cherry, tulip poplar seeds, maple seeds, autumn olive berries and blackberries.

WATER

This property has a 10-acre lake that was created by the property owner. Three natural springs keep the lake supplied with fresh water. Wildlife make frequent visits to enjoy the cool water and dine on the aquatic community.   There are five drilled water wells strategically located throughout the property for future development.  One of the water wells has a rated flow of 50 gallons per minute.

MINERAL RESOURCES

Although most of the coal, oil, gas, and other minerals have been reserved in prior deeds of record, a portion appears to remain intact. All rights the owner has will convey with the property.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

There are metes and bounds descriptions of record for the property. The property has several old fields and remnants of early farm life. Some boundary lines are evidenced by old fencing. The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

  • Water: There are 5 drilled wells at various locations on the property providing water to the home and to several small water hydrants strategically placed on the property
  • Sewer: septic
  • Electricity: Mon Power
  • LP Gas: AmeriGas Propane
  • Telephone: The home is wired with landline phone system that would need to be activated by the phone company (formerly used Frontier). The sellers have used cell phone service extensively
  • Internet: The home has used cell phone service extensively for internet access. Television could be acquired by satellite service, and wired internet should be available through telephone service DSL
  • Cellphone Coverage: Very Good through specific providers
  • Trash Pickup: Local trash pickup available

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property has a deeded right-of-way providing direct access to the public road system.

ZONING

The county is subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and also the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.
Information can be found at the county website: http://greenbriercounty.net/ordinances/

PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY

This property has the home grounds, a large lake, fields (one with a cabin), remnants of a fruit orchard, and forestland, being summarized as follows:
Home grounds: 3 acres +/-
Beautiful Lake: 10 acres +/-
Contoured area surrounding the lake: 7 acres +/-
Fields: 9 acres +/-
Forestland: 115 acres +/-

(This summary is an estimation of current property use as determined from aerial photography. It is made subject to the estimation of property boundaries and any errors in the interpretation of land use type from the aerial photography utilized.)

DEED AND TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: Deed Book 480, Page 195
Greenbrier County, West Virginia

Acreage: 144 acres +/-
Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Greenbrier County, West Virginia
Falling Springs District (4)

TM 45 Parcel 22; ACREAGE 104 (D) RENICK; Class 2; 2016 Taxes: $662.32
TM 45 Parcel 23; ACREAGE 40 (D) RENICK; Class 2; 2016 Taxes: $219.51
TM 9999 Parcel 0000-23; ½ INT MINERAL ONLY OTHER ½ INT PARCEL 28 SEE NELSON SUR MAP 45 PCL 22; Class 3; 2016 Taxes: $7.76

2016 Real Estate Taxes: $889.59

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Greenbrier County School District:
Public Elementary School:
Frankford Elementary School

Public Middle Schools:
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School

Public High School:
Greenbrier East High School

SURROUNDING AREA

HISTORIC GREENBRIER VALLEY

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.” 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!

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. The thriving downtown historic district 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. Greenbrier Valley Medical Center is a modern hospital and all attendant medical facilities, along with the many 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 Greenbrier County Airport with WV’s longest runway provides daily flights to Atlanta and Washington DC. A picturesque train ride from White Sulphur Springs connects the area to DC, Phili, Chicago, and many other locations. By car, DC is 4 hours away and Charlotte is only 4.

Another 2-3 hours 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.

THE GREENBRIER RIVER

At 162 miles long, the Greenbrier is the longest untamed (unblocked) river left in the Eastern United States. It is primarily used for recreational pursuits and well known for its fishing, canoeing, kayaking and floating opportunities. Its upper reaches flow through the Monongahela National Forest, and it is paralleled for 77 miles by the Greenbrier River Trail, a rail trail which runs between the communities of Cass and North Caldwell.

It has always been a valuable water route, with the majority of the important cities in the watershed being established river ports. The river gives the receiving waters of the New River an estimated 30% of its water volume. Over three-fourths of the watershed is an extensive karstic (cavern system), which supports fine trout fishing, cave exploration and recreation. Many important festivals and public events are held along the river throughout the watershed.

The Greenbrier is formed at Durbin in northern Pocahontas County by the confluence of the East Fork Greenbrier River and the West Fork Greenbrier River, both of which are short streams rising at elevations exceeding 3,300 feet and flowing for their entire lengths in northern Pocahontas County. From Durbin the Greenbrier flows generally south-southwest through Pocahontas, Greenbrier and Summers Counties, past several communities including Cass, Marlinton, Hillsboro, Ronceverte, Fort Spring, Alderson, and Hinton, where it flows into the New River.

Along most of its course, the Greenbrier accommodated the celebrated Indian warpath known as the Seneca Trail (Great Indian Warpath). From the vicinity of present-day White Sulphur Springs the Trail followed Anthony’s Creek down to the Greenbrier near the present Pocahontas-Greenbrier County line. It then ascended the River to the vicinity of Hillsboro and Droop Mountain and made its way through present Pocahontas County by way of future Marlinton, Indian Draft Run, and Edray.

GREENBRIER RIVER TRAIL

The 77 mile long Greenbrier River Trail is operated by the West Virginia State Parks and is a former railroad grade now used for hiking, bicycling, ski-touring, horseback-riding, and wheel-chair use. The trail passes through numerous small towns and traverses 35 bridges and 2 tunnels as it winds its way along the valley. Most of the trail is adjacent to the free-flowing Greenbrier River and is surrounded by peaks of the Allegheny Mountains.

Directions

From Lewisburg, West Virginia: 21 miles +/-

From the intersection of I-64 Exit 169 and Seneca Trail US 219 just north of Lewisburg, travel north on Seneca Trail US 219 for 13 miles; turn left onto Friars Hill Road WV RT 9; travel Friars Hill Road for 3.3 miles to intersection with Leonard- Cordova Road WV RT 5 and Crane Road WV RT 219/2; travel straight ahead onto Leonard-Cordova Road and travel that road for 2.5 miles; turn right onto Brushy Flat Road WV RT 5/6; travel 1.3 miles; right-of-way entrance is on the right; upon entering the right-of-way, stay on the road to the right to travel to the home.

From Renick, West Virginia: 8 miles +/-

(Total distance of 8 miles from Renick; the Friars Hill Road section is a little easier travel to the intersection with the Leonard-Cordova Road)

From the old Exxon Station on the south side of the community of Renick traveling South on Seneca Trail US 219, continue traveling Seneca Trail US 219 South for 9/10 of a mile; turn right onto Friars Hill Road WV RT 9; travel Friars Hill Road for 3.3 miles to intersection with Leonard- Cordova Road WV RT 5 and Crane Road WV RT 219/2; travel straight ahead onto Leonard-Cordova Road and travel that road for 2.5 miles; turn right onto Brushy Flat Road WV RT 5/6; travel 1.3 miles; right-of-way entrance is on the right; upon entering the right-of-way, stay on the road to the right to travel to the home.

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