Tuesday, May 23, 2017

18.5 Acre Homestead For Sale in WV - $199,000

I have bittersweet feelings right now, as our homestead has been officially listed for sale. There are so many things I am going to miss about this place---sitting on the front porch listening to the birds chirping and  the rush of water from the stream. I enjoy watching the horses lazily grazing in the pasture, and the geese swooping down and then floating on the  pond.  This place is downright peaceful, to say the least.

What's more, living here for the last three years, away from cell phone towers and wi-fi, has provided tremendous healing of my electromagnetic hypersensitivity. I feel so thankful and blessed to have been able to live here.

As much as I will miss this place, I realize there is a time and season for everything. The time has come for us to move on, to be closer to my husband's new job and also to be near our daughter and her family. This grandma will definitely enjoy spending more time with her adorable grandson!

We bought this property because we were in love with the land. The panoramic mountain view from the property is incredible!  There  is 18 1/2 acres of lush pasture and hayfields, which are perfect for grazing animals. As I said, there is a pond for them to get a cool drink  There are also 21 sugar maple trees that can be tapped for maple syrup, and three grapevines.  I made the best jam from the grapes. I also gave some to my neighbor, who makes his own wine!

There are several out buildings on the property, including one with electricity and another with a root cellar

root cellar

Growing our own organic vegetables has been a pleasure in the 48' x 48' fenced in garden area we set up shortly upon moving here.  We also erected a small greenhouse, so we could start all our plants from seed.  I also learned how to save seeds, so all in all, this made growing our own veggies quite economical.

The house, on the other hand, needed some work.  Although it had good bones, i.e., one level, a great layout, new roof and maintenance-free vinyl siding, the inside was definitely reminiscent of the late 70's/early 80's.  There was gold and brown print linoleum throughout the bedrooms, bathroom and hallway, as well as gold shag carpeting in the living room.  The walls were encased with dark walnut paneling.  The kitchen cabinets were dark walnut laminate, with faux butcher block counter tops.  All were not in the best of shape.  The light fixtures were dated, and the bathroom was badly in need of updating.

Fixing up this place was definitely a labor of love.  We replaced all the flooring and light fixtures throughout the home, updated the kitchen and bathrooms,  and painted every dark wall throughout. We finished the porch, which didn't have a ceiling and had a drab concrete floor, on which we painted a fun, checkerboard pattern.

We also completed the mudroom addition.  When we purchased the property, it didn't have any walls or a floor.


We also added a vintage-style screen door between the kitchen and mudroom.

While updating the kitchen, we bought a new gas range and hood., and installed a new reverse osmosis water filtration system.

There is a nice flow to the house, as the kitchen is open to the dining room, which is open to the living room.  It makes it nice for entertaining.

dining room

living room

We added a Harman Oakwood woodstove, which heats the entire house in winter.  We enlisted the help of a local artisan to build the stone hearth.  Without a doubt, it is the centerpiece of the home.  During the quiet winter mornings, there is nothing like enjoying a hot a cup of coffee, while watching the dancing flames of a warm, crackling fire in the wood stove.

updated bathroom

master bedroom

The two windows in the master bedroom offer plenty of light, and the one on the right has a great view of the pond and mountains.  It's the first thing I see when I wake up in the morning.  The sunrises over the mountains are incredible!

guest room
The cozy guest room also serves as my reading nook and exercise room. (There's a large bookcase and exercise bike in the corner that you can't see in the photo.)

home office
My husband catches up on reading and does the bill paying in his comfortable home office.

We're definitely going to miss this place when we move and hope that the next owners will enjoy living here as much as we do.

If you're interested in purchasing this homestead, please contact Jeff Bowers at Sugar Grove Realty, by calling 304.358.3332 and inquiring about the Brushy Fork Road ranch.  

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve Home Tour

Welcome to our home on Christmas Eve. I've been meaning to post some photos of our Christmas decor for some time, and today, I figured, it's now or never...

The living room is aglow with a crackling fire, which warms you as you enter the house.

The living room Christmas tree is filled with rustic ornaments, burlap ribbon and copper beaded garland..

The plaid-trimmed burlap tree skirt sports presents wrapped in coordinating colors.

Holiday-themed pillows from TJ Maxx. lend a festive touch to the sofa.

The antique nativity set my father gave me years ago is  proudly displayed on a shelf in the living room. It is one of my prized possessions and represents what Christmas is really about, the glorious birth of our savior!

The master bedroom is decked out in red and green.(I love the Cynthia Rawley reindeer sheets I found at TJ Maxx; they're so soft and comfy!)  Faux white pine wreaths attached with plaid burlap ribbon hang on each window.

The guest room bed sports lots of plaid.  A small lit tree with rustic ornaments greets visitors.

I like to recycle items from year to year.  This was the vase from a fresh floral arrangement I received a couple of years ago.  I just filled it with greenery and a large pinecone. 

I've had this rustic pine candle ring from One King's Lane for a few years.  I usually add a scented candle to it.  My favorite holiday scent is apple cinnamon, which I buy at Michael's in bulk with a coupon every year.

A copper buck's head, rustic garland and knitted stockings adorn the hearth.

With the window shades up, wreaths hung on the outside of the windows do double duty.  They are hung on a wrought iron wreath hanger; each holds an LED candle with a timer.

The dining room, which is open to the living area, continues the rustic Christmas theme.

Fresh greenery surrounds an LED candle in the centerpiece. It smells wonderful as you enter the room.


The linen table runner is embroidered with red poinsettias.

Faux greenery and pinecones adds a festive touch to the wrought iron chandelier.

The Amish hutch sports rustic greenery, pinecones and snowmen.

Spode dinnerware and rustic accents fill the wall in the dining room.

It's just starting to get dark, so let's enjoy sitting on the front porch for a spell.  I will make us some hot chocolate to take with us.  Merry Christmas!