What $310,000 Buys You in Kentucky: The Old McDonald Farm

The century-old farmhouse was renovated in 2014.

Set in the rolling hills of Brandenburg, about 40 miles southwest of Louisville, this 30-acre spread includes a spring-fed pond, three fenced horse paddocks, and a 5,000-square-foot barn with a tack room, hayloft, and eight horse stalls.

The three-bedroom residence—relatively small, at 1,164 square feet—received a facelift two years ago. As a result, the 1914 farmhouse boasts a new roof and hardwood floors, two updated baths, and a renovated kitchen.

The Provenance

Yes, an old McDonald had this farm. Several old McDonalds, actually, since the homestead’s been in the family for more than a century. The most recent generation, a brother and sister, inherited the place when their mother passed away in 2014.


The barn features horse stalls and a tack room.

Massive cedars line the gravel drive.

Massive cedars line the gravel drive.

Caveat Emptor

No one has farmed the land commercially since the current owners’ great-great uncle, John McDonald, died in the late 1940s. But the siblings did rent the property to tenants who kept horses, grew hay, and maintained an extensive kitchen garden. If you have especially deep pockets, you can purchase an additional 145 contiguous acres—40 of them tillable—for $415,000 more.

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What $310,000 Buys You in Kentucky: The Old McDonald Farm