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NEW PRICE! Custom built Solar Cottage on 8.83 acres

Agent Contact:
Richard Grist, 304.645.7674


Brans Mead, Welsh for Raven’s Meadow, is a charming get-a-way on 8.83+/- secluded acres; the answer to the rusticator’s dream. A recent poll in Vanity Fair finds that 37% of Americans dream of living off the grid. Here is all that, without sacrificing comfort, convenience and elegance, or the chore of planning and designing the trouble free solar systems. Long views of surrounding meadows and distant mountains create a sense of timelessness and tranquility, slowing the pace of everyday life.

Non-toxic and formaldehyde-free materials, including non-VOC paint used throughout, make the dwelling suitable for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) clients.

All floors are covered with a handsome quarry tile, except the bath, where a classic black and white design was used.

The custom built, board and batten cottage uses solar panels, gel storage batteries and propane appliances to provide perfect independence – – with no electric bills to pay and maximum ease of maintenance.

Compact at 900 square feet, Brans Mead is the perfect answer to today’s downsizing trend, with maximum space devoted to graceful living. A combined living/dining room with cathedral ceiling sits off of an efficient, contained kitchen with easy access to the nearby pantry. The front door opens onto a spacious porch made of natural long-lasting locust wood. Two bedrooms and an all porcelain bath with linen closet as well as coat closet complete the easy flowing floor plan.

This well insulated cottage is heated with hot-water baseboard panels fed by a propane fired hot water heater. Another hot water tank fills the domestic water requirements. Both tanks are housed in an attached, outside lean-to addition. The refrigerator and cooking stove are also propane. The Jotel glass fronted wood-stove easily heats the entire cottage and will provide many pleasurable hours of watching the flames and listening to the pops, crackles and sizzles of the wood fire.

The property includes a large storage shed that houses the solar-control panels and gel storage batteries. This shed is perfect for storage of gardening tools and horse tack. There are several flower, herb and rock gardens already established, along with a fantastic vegetable garden that catches both morning and afternoon sun. A custom-built woodshed, with additional enclosed area for rakes and shovels, is convenient to the back door.

Organic growers note: organic topsoil in the plowable meadow stretching the length of this property is an astonishing 36″ deep.

The 8.83 acres is comprised of approximately 5 acres of rich open meadow with the balance in nice walnut, ash, maple and locust timber. Interspersed in the forest are native wild grape vines and staghorn sumac which provide a winter food source for the ruffed grouse. The diversity of the woodlot supports an abundance of songbirds as well as squirrels, rabbits, deer, foxes and a flock of 30 turkeys. Moss covered limestone rocks outcrop in a couple of areas in the forest which make for a nice place to take a break.

A totally secluded building site at property end offers a magnificent building envelope with long mountain views. Build your substantial dream get-a-way with the present dwelling as a guest house or caretaker’s cottage.

The hard work of planning and designing the solar system is done for you; the rustication you dream of has been made easy. You can sit on the porch, savor the breeze, gaze at the stars and listen to the silence.

Elevation 2448′

Google Coordinates LAT 38.0317N LON 080.3187W

Property was surveyed in 1983 by Greenbrier Surveying. The 30′ wide Right -Of- Way surveyed in 2008 by Greenbrier Surveying.

Property description is located in Deed Book 527, page 864. Located in Falling Springs District, Tax Map 47, parcels 49 & 50. Taxes in 2010 were 348.00.

Water is provided by a 450′ deep water well drilled by Pritt Drilling. Sewage disposal is provided by a conventional drip type septic system.

Weekly garbage pickup at curbside is available. Daily USPS mail delivery with commercial overnight courier service is available.

Public electric service is not currently on the property but is nearby. Electricity is provided by solar power with gel battery storage. Telephone service is on the property. Hughes Net and Dish Network/DirectTV available.


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