Farm Fetish

No matter the budget, searching for a new home is a stressful endeavor, and weighing wants versus needs can be incredibly challenging. Second floor laundry? His and hers closets? A six-stall barn and massive indoor arena on fifty acres of fully fenced bluegrass pastures with a manicured cross country course, situated next to a well-maintained trail system and twenty minutes from a major airport?

Including a house for horses on the wish list can take home buying complications to an exponential level. It was this conundrum (combined with a borderline unhealthy obsession with perusing picturesque stables online) that led us to develop Farm Fetish, in which we highlight equestrian properties across the country that are currently for sale…because we know first-hand that one needn’t be on the hunt for a horse property to enjoy a virtual stroll through one!

Buckhead, Georgia — $995,000

Farm life on a lake! Ten acres with a custom home surrounded by woods on Lake Oconee includes a six-stall barn with high-end features: low maintenance brick exterior enclosed on three sides by paddock fencing; Brazilian cherry tongue and groove hardwood; matted in/out stalls with Nelson waters and overhead fans; dutch doors; kitchen and tack room with fine cabinets and granite counters; a swinging shower arm in the wash stall; and a paved drive directly to the barn for easy hay and feed delivery.

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Parsonsfield, Maine — $995,000

This 150-acre equestrian retreat was expanded from the original 1785 farm house and upgraded for modern day living. Fine details and quality features are reflected throughout the 5,000 sq. ft. main house, adjacent carriage house, stand-alone barn, and indoor arena. An 8,000-acre preserve and 100-acre conservation easement promise quiet, rural living.

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Napa Valley, California — $28,900,000

An inside look at how a Hall of Fame NFL quarterback lives! European-inspired Villa Montana is an active family’s playground, majestically perched on a panoramic knoll near Calistoga. Amenities include bocce ball, tennis and basketball courts, a pond for canoeing, and trails for riding and hiking. The property produces up to 60 gallons of olive oil, and includes a guest house, a caretaker’s cottage, an expansive covered riding arena, and a 30-stall barn.

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Aiken, South Carolina — $1,650,000

Jumping Branch Farm, a beloved schooling facility for locals and snow birds alike, is now on the market. After 26 years the owner “wants someone to love and grow the farm as I have, and come down that drive and look at it the way I do.” The 115-acre estate includes a 3,700 sq. ft. log home with three bedrooms and an apartment, and a sunroom overlooking the pond. The farm features two barns, 37 stalls, 17 paddocks, a galloping track, four large pastures, dressage rings, trails, profitable hay fields, and cross country courses. Write the next chapter of your life in horse country!

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Corning, New York — $150 (and a few words)

Yes, for $150, Summerland Farm can be yours. The owners wish to “sell” their home to a compelling buyer with a legal, yet unconventional, contest.

Along with the modest entry fee, submit a 500 to 1,000 word essay that illustrates “what owning this five-acre property would mean to you.”

Summerland Farm was once the largest tobacco farm in the area and is horse and garden ready. The renovated 1870s Victorian home is 3,500 sq. ft. and includes an in-law suite with its own private entrance, bathroom, and kitchen. Good news: appliances, run-ins, outbuildings, chicken coop, tractor, and fences all stay. Good luck!

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Allendale, South Carolina — $3,950,000

This 572-acre equine estate offers modern living on a traditional horse farm. The main house features elevated ceilings, an open floor plan and a luxury master suite. The four-story pool house includes a billiard room, a gym, and an outdoor kitchen with covered pavilion. The eight-stall barn with apartment is surrounded by hay fields and pine plantations.
Can’t you see the sunshine? Can’t you just feel the moonshine?

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Groveland, Florida — $699,000

A private, gated 24-acre estate with a large pond and dock, a picnic area, a red barn with a loft, a three-stall horse stable, fenced pastures, multiple wells, and an irrigation system for landscaping. Take it all in from the front porch swing!

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Hamilton, Massachusetts — $2,695,000

Beautifully renovated 4600 sq. ft. old farm home features high ceilings with exposed beams, three fireplaces, a wood-paneled library, a wine vault, and lots of natural light. The six acres also include two barns featuring eight walk-out stalls and ample pastures. The country estate is approached by a sugar maple tree-lined driveway.

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Mapleton, Utah — $7,900,000

You may want to be seated for this one: a 22-stall barn, 18,600 sq. ft. indoor arena, and luxury living quarters with 10-car garage all under one roof! The 40-acre Mapleton Ranch also features two ponds (one for irrigation), eleven paddocks, large pastures, a 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor arena, and trails for riding, hiking, or mountain biking. You have to click to believe!

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Birmingham, Alabama — $2,740,000

This farm’s 70+ acres includes a covered arena, an outdoor arena with watering system, hay/equipment storage, and a shavings shed. The five-stall barn features a heated/cooled tack room, lounge with full bath, laundry room, feed room, two wash stalls, and an alarm system with smoke detectors. Or, one might consider living in the property’s “beautiful home with caretakers quarters.”

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Kailua Kona, Hawaii — $899,500

Turnkey Puu Lani Ranch is equipped with a community clubhouse, tennis, pickle-ball and basketball courts, fitness center, equestrian center and trails. The home’s oversized lot features a sprawling lawn with avocado, mango, and citrus trees. The development is centrally located to Waimea and Waikolo. Quite literally a horse-lover’s paradise!

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Taos, New Mexico — $2,450,000

This twenty-three acre property is surrounded by 1,000 acres of undeveloped land, providing a 360-degree view of the Des Montes plain. There are no photos of the corral and stable, but we can forgive this oversight for the residence’s 35-foot ceilings and 3,000-square foot covered living/dining portal. Some will call this home. We call it a permanent vacation.

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Elgin, Illinois — $850,000

Historic five-acre homestead includes a ten-stall barn, six paddocks, a heated three-car garage with workshop, corn crib/storage barn, a pool cabana, and an old coach home with guest quarters and rec room. Old World meets modern living!

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Springville, California — $985,000

Take in the spectacular views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas from your own veranda while your horses graze from irrigated pastures below. The 3400-square foot home is accompanied by a guest house and a barn apartment. The property includes solar panels, hay and equipment storage, a mare motel, arena, and pond with a rowboat. A California dream.

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Clearcreek Township, Ohio — $2,495,000

Fifty-five acres include a stocked lake with lighted dock, resort-like beach-entry pool, 3-stall horse barn with hay loft and tack room, carriage house with 4-car garage and guest quarters, and a nearby private airport. Wheels up!

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Poplar Bluff, Missouri — $1,175,000

A panoramic view, finished walkout basement, sun room, horse barn, hay barn, workshop, fencing, creek, and two ponds, all on 135 acres. We never thought we’d pine for Missouri, until now.

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Russellville, Tennessee — $1,950,000

Those who long for an erstwhile era will find it at Wind Drift farm, an Antebellum delight (we counted eleven chandeliers) on 32 acres with a 13-stall barn. This property is conveniently situated between TriCities and Knoxville major airports, should the present day tug at your coattails.

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Newhall, California — $2,995,000

Rancho Victoria is equipped with five barns, two arenas, riding trails, and is zoned for agriculture. Income producing cell tower leases will help pay for the mortgage!

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Salida, Colorado — $3,750,000

A unique conservation investment opportunity on 370 acres with productive irrigated hay ground, three ponds, a perennial stream, barn, and riding arena. “The property is graced with a lovely, well-appointed, 6,800 sq. ft. home.” That’ll do.

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Wheatland, Wyoming — $5,500,000

Four thousand acres. Enough said.

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Hancock, New Hampshire — $1,350,000

The Highlands Farm boasts 200 acres with a large post and beam barn, pond, three-bedroom guest house, caretaker’s cottage, chicken coop, and fruit bushes (if homemade jelly is your jam)!

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Chestertown, Maryland — $3,950,000

All the single ladies! Bachelor Hope Farm, on the market for the first time in 50 years, with renovated main home, in-law suite, a guest house, three ponds, heated boat house, plus original barn and silo.

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Sonoma County, California — $1,875,000

A million dollar view. Seaside acreage with fenced pastures, a barn with three in-and-out stalls, and an expansive deck to take it all in.

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Bedford, New York – $2,495,000

A classic white colonial surrounded by stone walls, with a four-stall barn, fenced paddocks, pool, and a caretaker’s cottage. An hour from NYC!

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Gordonsville, Virginia – $1,899,000

Renovated 1800s estate on 63 acres fenced for horses, with two guest houses and a dairy barn that was converted into stables.

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New London, North Carolina – $3,390,000

Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home with two show quality barns, indoor arena, six rolling pastures, three ponds, entertainment venue, wine cellar, exercise room, and theater room. There may be little time left for riding!

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Aiken, South Carolina – $2,750,000

Attention snowbirds! This historic winter colony estate is situated downtown (a short hack to the Hitchcock Woods) on nearly six acres with a 16-stall barn, groom’s quarters, and a three-bedroom guest house.

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Sherborn, Massachusetts – $2,500,000

Renovated farmhouse with six-stall barn, chicken coop, riding ring, fire pit, salt water pool, and access to riding trails.

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Newberg, Oregon — $2,650,000

Host a Blue Jean Ball and make new friends when you acquire this 47-stall barn with rider’s lounge, fireplace and dining room, indoor arena, and 13 fenced paddocks.

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Washington Depot, Connecticut – $3,995,000

Carry on with tradition! Built in 1790 and on 165 acres, this property has three horse barns, a guest house, pond, pool, and has been in the current owner’s family for over 60 years.

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Kerrville, Texas – $1,995,000

Eleven-stall barn, professional jumping arena, and 108 acres of grass fields. If you need us we’ll be packing for our move to Texas.

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Seneca, South Carolina – $1,290,678

Ever feel like you’re living in the barn? Might as well! This six-stall stable with attached two-bedroom home combines rustic styling with modern amenities. And did we mention you’d be living in the barn?

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Aiken, South Carolina – $1,750,000

A horseman’s paradise on 14 board fenced acres in the coveted Bridle Creek Equestrian community includes spacious and bright indoor/outdoor living space, and 1800 sq ft apartment over a luxury nine-stall barn.

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Chardon, Ohio – $2,350,000

Country manor estate on almost 50 acres with a lake, two barns, five pastures, and a 3800 sq ft carriage house.

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