What $485,000 Buys You In West Virginia: The Carroll Farm
The Property: These 65 acres, located 14 miles from Lewisburg in rural Alderson, boast stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains at every turn, along with established apple orchards and mature sycamore, oak, and maple groves. Though the sole inhabitable dwelling offers only two bedrooms and one bath, another house with three bedrooms awaits restoration. Both date to the turn of the last century. The abundant outbuildings include a two-story barn, a 32-foot-long chicken coop, and several multipurpose sheds.
The Provenance: The current owner—a D.C.-based weekender who keeps bees, goats, and horses on the grounds—represents one in a long string of titleholders over the past 30 years. Before that, things get a bit murky, but the Muddy Creek, which winds through part of the farm, once supported a small hydropower system that supplied electricity to the area during the 1900s.
Caveat Emptor: About that additional old house: The interior has been stripped to the studs and needs to be rebuilt from near-scratch. Plus, Alderson Federal Prison sits a mere five miles away. (To be fair, the minimum-security facility is nicknamed “Camp Cupcake” and once held Martha Stewart for five months.) The location’s upside: West Virginia’s generous agricultural easements yield extremely low property taxes (just $307.98 in 2016), as long as the land is not developed. (foxfirenation.com)