Lewis Farm, Woodstock, VTPhoto Credit : Squarelight Photography
Harking back to simpler times, farmhouses speak to so much that we love. And while many farmhouses share some basic traits—coziness, functionality, and simplicity of design, all set on spacious acres—each becomes something unique to its place, a compounding of the virtues of the land to which it is inextricably connected. Today, farmhouses still beckon to us, even as they take on new, more upscale lives. Here are five contemporary variations on this classic theme, each ready for the growth of new roots.
144 & 232 Town Farm Road, Woodstock, VT
This quintessential Vermont farmstead, which has been in the Lewis family since 1940, offers 130 acres of picturesque hayfields and woodlands along a Kedron Valley hillside near the village of South Woodstock. In addition to the three-bedroom brick farmhouse, the property features a spectacular restored barn, a light-filled two-bedroom contemporary house, and a south-facing studio tucked into the hillside. There is also a pond, a riding ring, a tennis court, a smokehouse, and plenty of trails to explore.
Price: $2,800,000 • Square Feet: 3,748 • Acres: 130 • Bedrooms: 8 • Bathrooms: 5
(Story Jenks, Landvest Real Estate, 802-238-1332, email@example.com)
99 Uncle Alberts Drive Ext.
Once a working farm of the Chatham Bars Inn, this extraordinary estate has been owned by the same family for more than 70 years. Nestled on a south-facing lot with stunning views of Oyster Pond and a mile-long stretch of the Oyster River, the main home, built in 2004, features plentiful windows, a finished basement, a two-car garage, a detached barn, and, best of all, an expansive wraparound deck perfect for watching birds, boats, and sunsets.
Price: $9,995,000 • Square Feet: 1,786 • Acres: 1.44 • Bedrooms: 2 • Bathrooms: 2.5
(Rick Smith, Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty, 508-945-0000, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Iron Horse Salt Farm
77A Watsons Reach, Sullivan, ME
Is perfection attainable? This bucolic saltwater farm, with panoramic views of both Flanders Bay and the mountains of Acadia National Park, will make you a believer. The sunny four-bedroom farmhouse, which has been extensively remodeled, anchors a gated estate that includes a spacious barn with four horse stalls, an artist’s studio, a boathouse, and multiple garages, as well as the remnants of a seaside manor house. With plenty of space, a half mile of water frontage, and easy access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the possibilities are endless.
Price: $3,600,000 • Square Feet: 2674 • Acres: 53 • Bedrooms: 4 • Bathrooms: 3.5
(Jamie O’Keefe, Landvest Real Estate, 207-299-8732, email@example.com)
Goose Gate Farm
141 Shearer Road, Washington, CT
This converted dairy barn was relocated to its present location from New York state, but its exposed beams and natural woodwork might well have sprouted from this picturesque property, just an hour and a half from New York City. The farm’s four acres are beautifully landscaped with specimen trees and evergreens, and the land immediately adjacent is protected. The house’s spacious foyer features a grand fireplace, while the great room combines library, living, and dining spaces under a cathedral ceiling. There’s a fireplace in the master bedroom, too.
Price: $1,950,000 • Square Feet: 3,146 • Acres: 4 • Bedrooms: 3 • Bathrooms: 2.5
(Maria Taylor, Klemm Real Estate, 860-868-7313, ext. 126, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Whistle Pig Farm
72 Bartletts Landing Road, Mount Desert, ME
Owning this private saltwater farm on the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island, overlooking Pretty Marsh Harbor, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The four-bedroom house, built in 1818, is surrounded by perennial gardens, acres of pasture, and a private shoreline. It boasts wide-plank floors, exposed timber rafters, and plenty of modern amenities cleverly worked in so as not to distract from its rustic charm. Still not convinced? Figure in a heated three-bay garage, an attached barn, and easy access to the wonders of Acadia National Park.
Price: $6,295,000 • Square Feet: 3,123 • Acres: 12.28 • Bedrooms: 4 • Bathrooms: 3.5
(Marika Alexis Clark, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, 207-780-8900, email@example.com)