Quincy, Florida — Green Home For Sale

Woodland Springs Wildlife Refuge includes 93 acres of rolling hills, pine and hardwood forest with 4 separate ponds and 2 streams. Included is a green 2,305 sq.ft. home with its own fishing dock, breathtaking views,and 20 minutes from Tallahassee,Fl.


Listing ID: 19591


  • Energy Efficient Home

Asking Price (USD) $795,000
Annual Property Tax $1,950
Annual Utility Cost $1,980
Home Area 2,305 sq ft
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms
Total Property Area 93 acres
Year Built 2005

Property Description

Woodland Springs Wildlife Refuge includes 93 acres of rolling hills, pine and hardwood forest with four separate spring-fed ponds and two streams. The refuge is located 20 minutes outside of Tallahassee, Florida.
This one-of-a-kind property also includes a “green,” 2,220 sq. ft. log cabin-inspired home with its own fishing dock and breathtaking views.
Wildlife is abundant – this is a nature lover’s paradise.
The wildlife, especially the endangered species, have been kept safe with crystal clear ponds and streams and have lived in an undisturbed habitat for the last 10 years.
Due to ill health my husband and I are having to sell the wildlife preserve.
The property has four separate ponds and two streams that have been tested and are completely pollution free. Large bass and bream (brim) are plentiful. The ponds and all areas of the refuge are accessible by private roads – Safe and Secure.
There are two entrances off Solomon Dairy Rd. One is a double-gated service entrance and the other is a gated private driveway.
There are a wide variety of trees including pine, oak, river birch, maple, magnolia, wild persimmon, palms, crepe myrtle, dogwood, holly, sweet gum, cypress and cedar.
In addition, there is a small orchard next to the house with pear, peach, plum, fig, orange, persimmon, tangelo and loquat. The trees have been pruned for easy picking of the sweet-tasting fruit.
Wildlife that we have seen include white tail deer, wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, squirrels, rabbits, turtles, raccoons, opossums, fox, gopher frogs (an endangered species), coyotes, bobcats, gopher tortoises (an endangered species), monarch butterflies, a wide variety of other butterflies, and many other animals.
The birds we’ve seen include hummingbirds, cardinals, blue birds, mourning doves, blue jays, owls, woodpeckers (some endangered), robins, purple martins, ducks, bald eagles (an endangered species), egrets, chickadees, sparrows, black birds, kingfishers, terns, herons and others.
We have had ongoing contact with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission over the years, who have been kind enough to offer their input on specific management practices to improve habitat for a variety of rare, threatened, and endangered wildlife species.
Their numerous biologists and foresters have assisted us with wildlife habitat conservation, pond and stream management, and forestry diversity and enhancement.
The Forestry Foundation has named the Woodland Springs Wildlife Refuge, a “wildlife conservation area.”
The green home features heart pine floors throughout the house, cypress ceilings and ceilings are 9’4?. The home is engineered to be “user friendly,” easy to clean and maintain and it’s handicapped accessible. The peaceful two-story log cabin-inspired home has a great layout with excellent cross ventilation, ceiling fans, whole house fan, energy efficient windows that pull out for cleaning, in house storage galore, including an attic. It has lots of built-ins, and is wired for your multimedia needs.
The central vacuum system includes “automatic inlets,” located around the home that allows you to sweep away dirt instantly with the flip of a toe switch. Spectacular views from this storybook home include two enclosed porches with cypress ceilings that overlook the pond, and fragrant Confederate Jasmine is planted in two areas outside the home. Two-car garage with 2.5 ft x 9 ft. workbench, wall of pegboards to hang tools, and two double-door closets for garage storage. Viewing nature is easy through the “see-through” fencing around the home area
Inside the walls of the home are insulated concrete forms (“Polysteel”) with R-50. They are fire resistant. The home is built to withstand the flying debris of an F-5 tornado and the winds of a category 5 hurricane.
Polysteel combines reinforced concrete with polystyrene insulation, galvanized steel and rebar. This provides a superior construction technology that delivers homes which are safe, quieter, more comfortable, energy efficient, structurally secure and environmentally responsible. The outside of the home is cypress log siding.
This 2,220 sq. ft., 100% electric home is extremely energy efficient, with electric bills averaging $165/month.
The home was specially designed for the ultimate comfort and pleasure fore the least amount of effort. Books such as “Make Your Home do the Housework” by Don Aslett, “Build It Right” by Myron Furguson helped with ideas for a user-friendly, east-to-maintain home.
On the first floor, the kitchen has granite countertops, deep, solid oak cabinets, “lazy susan” cabinets in two corners, separate but matching, full size refrigerator and freezer set, glass-top range and oven, double sink, disposal, gooseneck faucet, artisan tile work, “mini-office” message center, breakfast bar with brass foot rail, and special gates can keep pets in (or out of…) kitchen area and/or out on the enclosed porch. Storage, storage, storage – drawers, shelves, cabinets! There is a windowed door leading to eating porch and the kitchen window overlooks the pond. “Automatic inlets” that are located throughout the home allow you to sweep up dirt quickly! It goes right into the central vacuum! An exquisite antique stainedglass arch is located between kitchen and dining room.
The separate walk-in pantry is 5 ft. x 6 ft., with floor-to-ceiling shelves, 12” deep, on 3 walls, an area for hanging step-stool and the window overlooks the orchard. Heart Pine floors.
You must see the living room and dining room! It is an open floor plan with a 9 ft. antique stained glass archway between dining room and kitchen. Breathtaking views from every window. Relax in the expansive living room.
Front door opens out to the roomy front porch area which overlooks the pond. The wooded side-yard which slopes down to a stream. Energy efficient windows provide plenty of natural light and open up for efficient cross breezes. A walk-in closet provides extra storage. The heart pine floors and cypress ceilings give a comfortable and tranquil feel to this large area.
The extra room next to the pantry can be used for dog/cat room, storage room, or extra pantry space. We use it for a dog/cat room where dogs can get out of the weather into the dog room but Dutch door keeps them from getting into the rest of the house. Our pet friendly accommodations include separate dog and cat doors, door to backyard, ramp to sidewalk for disabled people or pets, custom easy-wash commercial grade vinyl floors and lower walls (this room only) and shelving from waist-high to ceiling.
The half bath has onyx vanity with hand hammered brass sink, goose-neck faucet, heart pine floors, cypress ceiling, and a window that overlooks the orchard.
Light-filled front porches facing the pond run the length of the house. The main (middle) porch area is flanked by two enclosed porches. One of the enclosed porches is currently used for an outdoor eating area and the other as a “sitting” porch. Special screening allows a clear view of the secluded setting and the wildlife.
The two-car garage has a 2.5 ft x 9 ft. workbench, wall of pegboards to hang tools, and two double-door closets for garage storage.
On the second floor of the home is the master bedroom. This extra large room has a separate sitting area. The many energy efficient windows provide romantic views of the tranquil setting. One wall of closets has additional shelves to the ceiling, providing convenient storage. A ceiling fan moves the gentle breeze. Lie in bed and enjoy the unmatched views.
The upscale master bathroom is an oversized large room with double, extra-deep sinks and gooseneck faucets. The jacuzzi tub features luxurious brass fixtures. There is a separate shower area with a custom wall of sapphire blue glass blocks. Relaxing baths include looking out over the soothing landscape.
The restful second bedroom has windows on two walls which provide abundant light. This room has its own closet with additional shelves to ceiling. The ceiling fan circulates the soft breeze for your comfort. Open the windows and enjoy the enticing scent of the Confederate Jasmine!
The third bedroom is currently being used as an office and has an attached “bookroom.” The desk can be removed to convert to a full bedroom, and the “bookroom” has floor-to-ceiling shelving that can be used for a bedroom walk-in closet. Two windows overlook the shady wooded side-yard and orchard.
The sunlit laundry room is conveniently located next to the master bedroom and bathroom. The generous counter-tops along two walls allow it to be used as a sewing as well as an arts and crafts room. Strategically located, the ironing board swings down from inside the wall. Two floor-to-ceiling cupboards, drawers beneath counter tops and shelves on one wall illustrate practical and classy design.
Precision engineered with Polysteel Construction, this rugged log cabin inspired home will last for generations, withstanding even the most severe hurricanes and tornados.
The custom cypress log exterior was carefully crafted by skilled carpenters. The rough-hewn texture of the cypress blends with the natural setting. The outside of the home was freshly re-stained to protect and maintain the quality of the cypress wood. This one-of-a-kind home is five years old and has had one owner.
A fenced 20 ft x 40 ft storage building blends into the wooded background and features electric as well as phone capabilities. It meets Florida Hurricane Specifications and is located just beyond the orchard.
MLS 238745 Debbie Kirkland, Realtor HomeSalesofTallahassee at Armor Realty 850-212-0440


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

MLS# 238745. This is a "Polysteel" home. Inside the walls are insulated concrete forms which make the house fire resistant. Polysteel combines reinforced concrete with polystyrene insulation, galvanized steel, and rebar. It is R-50, and is hurricane and tornado proof (withstands an F-5 tornado and a category 5 hurricane). This superior construction technology makes a safer, quieter, more comfortable, energy efficient, structurally secure, and environmentally responsible home. Since the walls are so thick, the cool air stays inside during the summer and the warm air stays inside in the winter. Also, there are not "hot spots" or "cool spots" within the home because the temperature stays constant throughout. Electric bills (for the all electric house)average $165 a month.
There is a central vacuum system with a new 20 ft. hose, and many attachments. You can even vacuum the front porches! Automatic inlets will suck up any dirt you sweep into them and are placed strategically around the home. They operate with a toe switch.
There is a whole house fan, and ceiling fans throughout the home, and on the porches. Double insulated windows are placed for maximum cross ventilation.
Since my husband and I are both allergic to dust, mold, etc., we have air purifying filters in all vents as well as a separate air purifier in the living room area.
Floors are solid heart pine wood, some ceilings are natural cypress.
A special drainage system was built around the house to insure no pollution goes to the ponds. The ponds are tested and found to be completely pollution free. No insecticides or other chemicals have been used on the 93 acres of hills and forest. Consequently the fruit in the orchard is safe to eat.
No boats with motors (motors leak oil...) were allowed on the property. In fact the only boats used in the last 10 years have been our small row boat and our paddle boat. Since there is no pollution in the ponds, the bass and brim are healthy and safe to eat.
No insecticides or other chemical were used on the 93 acre preserve, including the orchard next to the house. Consequently, the various fruits are safe to eat and quite tasty.


Neighborhood Description

The Woodland Springs Wildlife Refuge with home is located just outside a small town twenty minutes from Tallahassee, Fl. A country two-lane road starts in the small town, goes past the Quincy Country Club to the next small town. Wooded homesites and some large acreage tracts are along the road. Rural, farming, plantation homes are typical for this area. Quincy is the seat of Gadsden County government.


Market Area

This home is located just outside the small town of Quincy, Fl. which has restaurants, grocery stores, drug stores, a country club and a Walmart for your convenience, all within a mile.
Twenty three miles east is the capital of Florida, Tallahassee. Being the hub of the state government, there are many employment opportunities. Healthcare is excellent with two hospitals and a medical school. Tallahassee is the home of Florida State University and Florida A&M University with their nationally re


School District

The Gadsden County Schools district is committed to a "No Excuses" policy when it comes to educating the students within the schools. Our mission statement of "Building a Brighter Future as We Prepare Students for Success in Life" signifies our promise to provide the finest education possible for all students.
For information on Gadsden County Schools: http://www.gcps.k12.fl.us/


Community

Gadsden County offers the best of both worlds. Cultural and recreational activities abound, as do opportunities for involvement in any of the county's 30+ civic organizations, and more than 100 houses of worship. Residents also simply the aesthetic beauty and historical charm of Gadsden County. There is a quality of life in Gadsden County that combines the best of the past with the convenience of the present. "Gadsden County is a great place to spend an hour, a day, or a lifetime."


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Two Story


Location of Home or Land

Rural


Elevation of Home

Other


Building Details

Air Quality

Agriculture in Area Yes
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Forced Air - Heat Pump
Cooling System Geothermal
High Efficiency Heat Pump
Ventilation System Part of Cooling System
Part of Heating System
Whole House Fan
Whole House Filtration HEPA filtration
Other
Whole House Vacuum Yes

Energy & Water

Energy System Municipal Energy
Water System Well
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Hybrid
Masonry/Concrete
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Wood
Interior Finish Cement Plaster
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Wood - Solid
Roof Material Asphalt Composition Shingle
Window Material Metal Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 500 sqft