Dream Farm Fridays
While I usually draw a pretty hard line between business and pleasure, I'm trying something new and blurring the edges a little bit with this new weekly installment: Dream Farm Fridays!
As a lot of you know, I work in the real world as a real estate agent and my company, Cindy Stys Equestrian & Country Properties, specializes in selling horse farms in Eastern Pennsylvania. We have sold some pretty spectacular stuff, and I'm excited to share our current listings with the blogosphere! Even if you aren't in the market, I know you all can appreciate a beautiful horse property and have fun dreaming just a little bit.
The first farm I'd like to share had me frantically trying to come up with a way to quickly make $2million the first time I saw it. It is, in a word, over-the-top spectacular. Have you ever dreamt of having your own private, custom-built stable overlooking incredible mountain views, complete with indoor and outdoor arenas with top-of-the-line footing, lighting, and sound systems just for you? And almost 20 acres of rolling green pasture? Oh, and a fabulous energy-efficient 6,000sqft custom-built mansion to live in? Me too.
This place has it all.
Let's start with the barn, because as we all know, that's the most important part.
This sweet four-stall barn was custom built for the current owners just a few years ago, and they really outdid themselves. Perfect for your personal horses or a boarder or two, the little luxuries include rubber brick pavers in the aisles, matted stalls with auto waterers, a high-end sound system for playing music while you brush your ponies, beautiful tongue & groove walls and ceilings, and wash stall with hot & cold water and a heat lamp. Not to mention the climate-controlled tack room (with AIR CONDITIONING!), big hay loft, handy storage closet, and heat-detection system to help prevent barn fires. All with the most spectacular view of the Lehigh Valley mountains!
Just a short jaunt down the hill will find you at your own personal outdoor arena with fancy-shmancy footing. A short jaunt down from the outdoor leads to the indoor with top-of-the-line EVERYTHING: fiber footing, lighting, sound system, kick boards, and LOADS of HUGE windows that open to let the breeze in. Ahhh! Top it all off with several acres of impeccably cared for fenced pasture, and you have Lehigh Valley horsey heaven.
So, guys. This house.
This house is OUTRAGEOUS.
Every little luxury you could want has been thought of and installed in this beautiful custom ranch house. It's honestly not even fair to call it a ranch - it's a single-level mansion with a REALLY cute separate living space in the lower level. Perfect for your barn help or your mother-in-law or the teenage person you'd rather not have sharing your space in the main house.
With 6,000+ square feet of gorgeousness, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen that gives me the grabby hands, stunning curved rear porches, and loads of energy-efficient features, this home is just a spectacular piece of architecture. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
|Sit outside on your glorious deck|
|...Or inside in your Great Room with 2-sided fireplace|
|... Or your Sun Room where you can watch your horses graze|
|Or in your actual Sitting Room.|
|THIS KITCHEN THO.|
|Ugh. I'd cook so many amazing things in here.|
|This master suite is straight-up luxurious|
|Fancy bathroom with washer/dryer in that little closet to the right! No hauling your laundry to another room!|
|And, you know, because we all need our own personal gym attached to our fancy master suites.|
|And the lower level "apartment" (I can't even call it that, it's too nice!) Is just as lovely.|
|Cute "apartment" kitchen that's still nicer than where I live now.|
|Plus tractor storage in one of the approximate ten billion garages!|
I'd also love to know if any of you might be interested in some more real-estate focused posts in the future about the buying and selling process, what's different about selling horse farms, how to be a smart buyer or seller, or anything else you're curious about! Just like any other industry, adding horses into real estate really transforms it into a whole different world!