What $499,500 Buys You In Wisconsin: Greenhill Farm
This 40-acre spread near the town of Chetek encompasses a stream, livestock-suitable pastures, and loads of tillable soil.
The Property: Shaded by towering pines, the circa-1920, gambrel-roof farmhouse spans 2,106 square feet that include three bedrooms and two sunrooms. A 1999 renovation added several skylights, a garage at basement level, and oak floors chosen to match the home’s original woodwork and doors. Among the outbuildings: a 50-by-40-foot machine shed, a steel-sided 50-by-24-foot barn, a granary, and a cement-stave silo.
The Provenance: Greenhill Farm still bears the mark of its presumed original owner, Enoch Smithrude, a stonemason purported to have laid the rock work surrounding the raised flower garden and flanking portions of the circular driveway. The current residents, now in their 80s, have decided to downsize, but during the 20 years they owned the place, the couple bought a great deal of neighboring land. (The entire 340-acre parcel, much of it leased to area farmers, has an asking price of $1.2 million.)
Caveat Emptor: Although the barn once contained cattle, its waste gutters have since been filled in to level the floor and would need to be modified before animals inhabit the structure, which offers electricity but no plumbing. Buyers might also find the farmhouse kitchen, last updated in 1999, a bit old-fashioned and on the small side. (caseysoldit.com)