Williamstown, Massachusetts — Green Home For Sale

85 acre eco-paradise, wildlife sanctuary, sustainable homestead. Close, yet secluded; private, yet accessible.


Listing ID: 20425


  • Accessible Home
  • Energy Efficient Home
  • Sustainable Home

Asking Price (USD) $1,900,000
Annual Property Tax $6,046
Annual Utility Cost $
Home Area 3,500 sq ft
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 3
Total Property Area 85 acres
Year Built 1965

Property Description

Unique property for sale. Located in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, 10 minutes from both the Vermont and New York borders, in the heart of the cultural Berkshires. 10 minutes to Williams College, Williamstown Theater Festival and the Clark Art Institute. 20 minutes to Mass MOCA in North Adams. 30 minutes to Tanglewood. 1 hour to Albany NY. 3 hours to Boston and 3.5 to NYC. Massachusetts is rated #1 in education and #1 in healthcare. You can?t find a better quality of life.

Lovely 4 bedroom 3 bath home on 85 pristine acres of land (approximately 20 acres open, 65 wooded) that has been in the same family for 40 years. Multiple barns and outbuildings including an off grid cabin.

Live your dreams, whatever they are. Everything you need is here: abundant pure mountain water, ability to be self sufficient in food, raising livestock or crops, with a renewable heat source for home. These things are rare in today?s world, provide an unparalleled level of security, and are truly priceless.

Are you a prepper? A farmer? An artist? Concerned about climate change? Secure a future for you family here. Arable land, suitable for livestock and crops. Forest land: sustainable fuel source for Tarm wood gasification boiler. House also has propane furnace. Well water, as well as a gravity fed spring water system with micro hydro set up. Septic. Includes 2 generators. Solar power with battery bank. John Deere tractor with plow, numerous attachments. John Deere commercial zero turn mower. Polaris Ranger with tracks. Includes many other tools and equipment.

4000 sq. ft. foot home with timber frame addition. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, living room, dining room, 2 home offices, den, 2 kitchens (granny unit at ground level.) Purchased in 1978 as a one story brick ranch house with a steel frame and attached 2 car garage. From 2007 - 2010 I did a million+ dollar renovation, adding a timber-frame great room, and a second story including a master suite with 2 home offices and upper deck. Quality materials throughout: oak, cherry, mahogany, ipe, granite, marble, copper.

Over the years I have paved the road and installed a new road, built barns and an off-grid cabin. Buried the phone and power lines. One barn is large enough to park an RV, a pick up and an ATV. The other has a steel frame and a hoist. Drilled well in addition to gravity-fed spring water system. Dead end, gated, town maintained road. Surrounded by thousands of acres of woodlands. No manufacturing or agricultural chemicals ever nearby. Solar power with battery bank and a micro hydro system currently offline but easily started again. Open pasture land and woodland with private, pristine watershed feeding year round Thompson Brook with brook trout, crayfish, salamanders in a healthy ecosystem. Pond and off grid cabin with out-house. Root Cellar. Greenhouse. 3 barns, woodshed, fenced organic, permaculture garden with garden shed. Black walnut plantation. Mature landscape with a parade of ornamentals and perennials, and many fruit trees as well as raspberries and blueberries. Wildlife abounds: deer, turkey, bear, coyote, rabbit, fox and many more.

A turn key entry into any kind of life you want to make, and a solid investment in your family?s future. Walk into what my husband and I have spent decades building.

An explanation why the asking price is different from the ?zestimate:? No algorithim can correctly determine the value of this unique property. There is nothing comparable. This asking price reflects the quality of materials and construction of the home, including unique built-ins. It also reflects the numerous outbuildings, as well as the farm and other equipment and the alternative energy infrastructure.

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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE HOME
I love the way the air smells, and the sound of the rushing water and bird song. I love living in close contact with wildlife. I love the freedom that total privacy affords. I love this warm and comfortable home. I love the views. I love all the trees, shrubs, fruits, nuts and perennials that I have planted for the past 4 decades. I love living in a small town where you can get involved in town government and get to know your neighbors. I love living next to a college town and the vibrance and opportunities that comes with it.


What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

We have a 4.6k solar installation with battery back up. 2 generators. Off grid cabin with solar panels, generator, refrigeration, out-house, pond. Micro-hydro system currently offline but easily repaired. Original home underwent a million dollar renovation, that included a great room addition that has 13 inch structural insulated panels for the roof. House can be heated either with propane or wood. Solar hot water, with wood heated hot water option.


Neighborhood Description

New Ashford is a tiny town of about 200 folks. It is rural in character, with very little commerce in town.


Market Area

This home is located 10 minutes from Williamstown, a college town. We are 20 minutes north of Pittsfield, a city with a population of 42,000.


School District

We are part of a regional school district with 3 other towns. The regional high school is 5 minutes away.


Community

Neighbors are helpful and kind.


Home Type or Land

Single Family - Three Story


Location of Home or Land

Rural


Elevation of Home

Mountain


Building Details

Air Quality

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

Interior Environment

Heating System Fireplace
Hydronic Floor Heat (radiant)
Solar - Active
Solar - Passive
Wood Stove
Cooling System Other
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Hybrid
Water System Other
Well
Wastewater System Dry Well
Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Masonry/Concrete
SIPS
Steel Framing
Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Wood Timber Frame
Exterior Finish Masonry
Other
Interior Finish Gypsum Board - Sheet Rock
Wood - Solid
Interior Paint Other
Floor Material Cork
Linoleum
Tile
Vinyl
Wood - Laminated
Wood - Solid
Roof Material Other
Window Material Vinyl or Vinyl Clad
Wood Dual Glazed
Insulation Material Fiberglass
Other

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport Yes
Garage Type Attached
Number of Cars 2
Garage Area 1375 sqft