Price: $1,199,900 (SOLD 5/8/20)
Location: Marion, McDowell County
Detailed Property Information
- Heated Square Footage
- 3,482 s.f.
- Year Built
- # of Bedrooms
- 3 Bedrooms with four optional
- # of Baths
- 3 full
1 half plus separate shower
- Overall Condition
- Like new condition
- 105 +/-
- Surface Water
- 5,200' on Hopper's Creek
- Open Field/Pasture
- Approximately 85 acres of cleared pasture and farmland
- Nearest Interstate Highway
- 11+ miles to I-40
- Nearest Four Lane Road
- 11+ miles
- Nearest High Density Area
- 12+ miles (Marion)
This amazing ranch with vineyard near Marion is far beyond the normal farm or ranch. This property is immaculate. Yes, there is an exceptionally nice home on the property (more on that later). However, this listing is more about the LAND, and what incredible land it is! We have the opportunity to list and sell many unique properties, each special in its own way, but this is the first time we’ve listed one with a fully functioning vineyard and ranch. First to the land.
There are approximately 105 acres in total of which 80+/- are some of the most gently laying, productive pasture you’ll find anywhere. The acreage has been subdivided into thirteen different fields of cross fenced pastures to allow for maximum productivity and grass fed cattle. The entire herd can be strip grazed with little need for hay because each pasture is perfectly sized and can easily be apportioned off even further. This means one can rotate the stock from field to field to field, thus allowing the prior fields to regrow themselves, so that by the time the stock make their way back to the starting point, there is more than enough grass for feed. Only during times of snow (very rare here) does one need to provide hay for feed. Hay is the most expensive item when raising cattle, and by strategically designing this farm, the owners have greatly reduced the overhead cost of raising the cattle. Click here for an interactive map of the property.
Every pasture has watering points fed by one of two deep wells providing more than ample water. Every livestock watering point has individual shutoff valves so each section can be isolated if maintenance is needed. Interestingly, the entire farm is bisected by a paved state maintained road with approximately 28 acres of pasture on the east side and 52 acres of pasture (with the house and vineyard) on the west side. A water line has been run under the road connecting both wells, so that the entire farm including the house can be supplied by one well. This shows a great deal of foresight by the owners for the rare occasion in which a well pump needs to be pulled up for maintenance. Furthermore, each field has its own Mirafount watering system which the cows love. Lets also talk about fencing.
Electric fencing is great when the power is on. Cows learn to stay off it, yet they are constantly testing it. If a fence is off for two days or so, they start poking their heads through the fence to the grass on the other side. Before you know it, they’ve torn down the fence and are out in the road! Not good. Therefore, while the interior fencing is high tensile electric fencing, the perimeter fencing on the west side is either barbed wire or woven wire fencing which they won’t break down. The woven wire fencing runs along an area aside Hopper’s Creek which follows approximately 4,000 feet along the southern and eastern property line. This creek basin is in a water conservation easement, thus protecting water quality and keeping the cows out. However, the owner has the right to access this easement for fishing, hiking, hunting, and even to water livestock if needed. About the only things not allowed in the easement are mechanized vehicles, structures or cropping. This natural area provides an excellent buffer with neighboring properties.
On the east side of the farm, you’ll find a very large three sided equipment/hay shed, perfect for parking tractors and such. There is also a very useful equipment building perfect for keeping one’s tools, chainsaws, extra fencing, etc. This building has both power and water. Additionally on this side, and immediately across the road on the west portion are two Pearson cattle handling facilities. These are top of the line facilities designed to take animal husbandry to the next level with one of them having digital scales. These can handle any size cow including newborn calves and include chutes, squeeze chutes, adjustable alleys, etc. The vets love working with the cows in such a setting. Its safe for the animals and convenient for the vet or farm hand. Brand new, each station could easily cost $30,000. There is also a seven ton feed bin with manual and electric loaded off to the side.
Now lets talk about the vineyard. The vineyard sits on an approximately a two acre parcel next to the house and includes approximately one acre of vines. It is strategically positioned on the higher portion of the farm and the rows are laid out such that they follow the elevation change from high to low. This allows for maximum air flow from the north side of the property down toward the south. Air flow is critical for ensuring healthy grapes. Additionally, there isn’t a tree anywhere nearby, thus allowing for full sun. The vineyard gets excellent morning, midday and afternoon sun. The rows are spaced ten feet apart for two reasons (1) it allows for maximum air flow as well as sunlight to reach every branch without being in shadow from the row closest to the sunlight, and (2) for ease of harvest and care. The North Carolina average width is eight feet, but because these are ten feet apart, one can drive a truck, tractor or trailer between the rows, thus saving time when harvesting and pruning. There is more than ample room around the entire perimeter of the vineyard for equipment and farmhands to maneuver. The remotely powered electric fence also helps keep the local deer out of the vineyard as well. Finally, the entire vineyard has a drip irrigation system on a remotely programmable timer thus ensuring maximum efficiency of water. With all this proper planning and care, this small vineyard produced nearly seven TONS of extremely high quality grapes in 2019. These include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Sangiovese. For comparison, that is double the per acre productivity of most vineyards in North Carolina. Not only that, in 2019, every variety from this vineyard had a natural sugar content of 20% or greater. Any wine master will tell you they want at least 18%, otherwise they must add sugar to the juice. Some of last year’s harvest had nearly 24% sugar.
On the east side of the farm is the grape processing building. This is a 41 x 20′ metal building with two large roll up garage doors and bays on each end married to the largest walk in refrigerator we’ve ever seen! The refrigerator is 16′ x 20′ and is ideal for storing freshly harvested grapes or any other kind of vegetable or fruits. That’s right, don’t forget that this farm could just as easily be a crop farm or orchard. The two work bays on each end provide excellent work space if one wanted to setup a full scale winery or processing center for fruits and vegetables.
If one wished to expand the vineyard, that can easily be done. Or if the desire is to grow vegetables or plant a fruit orchard, the land is ideal. There are multiple access points directly on two state maintained paved road having over ___ feet of frontage. Not only that, this frontage is all at road grade meaning you can simply drive off the asphalt onto the farm fields. This would make for an exceptional equestrian property, speaking of which the Tryon International Equestrian Center is less than 40 minutes away. Folks it doesn’t get any better. Or does it? Across from the house and over the farm are the South Mountains in full view. Furthermore, all this is just 15+/- minutes to I-40 and the up and coming town of Marion, NC. Additionally, because the property is actively used to raise cattle and grapes, it benefits from the Present Use Tax Deferral Program, which greatly reduces the annual property taxes. But what about the house?
With the full intent of establishing a vineyard, the owners built a one-of-a-kind two story Italian style villa overlooking the farm. Click here for an immersive 3D interior tour. This is a very high end home built on a full basement using SuperiorWalls systems. The lower level provides an oversized two car garage plus a third garage door that opens into 1,149 s.f. of unfinished space. This unfinished space is dry and has a high ceiling. It could easily be turned in to additional living area. Furthermore, inside the garage is an elevator shaft connecting all three floors. At present, this is used as a closet, but is ready to have an elevator installed if and when desired.
The main level of the house features a large dining room looking out to the vineyard and sunrise with a large office (convertible to a bedroom) on the opposite side of the entry. The powder room has direct access to the deck for the convenience of guests enjoying themselves outside. The living room is huge with a fireplace and opens up to the eat in kitchen. The kitchen has top of the line finishes, appliances and cabinetry including a dual electric radiant and induction cooktop. If you’ve never used induction cooking, you’ve been missing out. There is a very large mudroom with its own outside entrance and it has both a shower, sink and private water closet, thus making for a full bath on the main level in addition to the powder room on this level.
The upper floor has three large bedrooms including a master suite with its own sitting room and three sided fireplace. There are two 8′ x 210′ walk in dressing room/closets in the master. The balcony off the master bedroom provides a restful spot overlooking the farm. The two guest rooms on the upper floor are joined together by a “Jack & Jill” split bath with separate water closet Additionally, the laundry is located on this floor. Just off one of the bedrooms is a covered patio looking out over the farm. All totaled, there are approximately 3,482 heated square feet within the two floors.
In closing, this is a most unique, high quality, highly efficient property. It can easily go toe to toe with the finest farm in America. No expense has been spared. Its just 15+/- minutes to Marion which has its own hospital, about 20 minutes to Lake James and only 45 minutes to the boom town of Asheville. Additionally, the property is only about 40 minutes to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) which has hosted world cup events. This property has a myriad of uses for continuance as a farm, a vineyard, a horse farm, educational eco-farm, developmental housing, or family retreat. Call us today for a private tour and if you time it right, you might go home with a bunch of grapes.