What began as a dream more than sixty years ago became reality in 1998, when the homeowners purchased 171 acres of wooded farmland and sat down with their architect. Within a year, a vast collection of ideas and magazine clippings had been transformed into a magnificent farm that would be home for the next 22 years. In the main house, the crown jewel of the property, attention to detail is evident everywhere—from the floors to the ceilings, and spaces in between— in the brass ceiling in the kitchen, corner moldings at the ceiling crown, carved mantles, detailed wood floors, and window placement that makes each room bright and inviting space. One of the most strikingly beautiful elements is the open-arms stairway. Constructed of solid oak with a patterned wood floor, the staircase features a small landing overlooking an atrium at the back of the house, and a larger landing at the front with doors opening onto a small balcony. A first-floor wing houses an oversized home office with a large picture window overlooking the orchard and pond, a gas fireplace, and high ceilings. The wood flooring is comprised of five different specimens, including durable and beautiful African sapele. A separate exit from the study leads outdoors and offers access to the basement and garage. The home was designed with a large first-floor owner's suite, and the second floor has four additional bedrooms and two full bathrooms. There is also finished third-floor space. Two more houses are on the property: #449 New Burlington Rd. is a 2,610 square foot frame home with four bedrooms, including a first-floor master, two full baths, a half-bath, and full basement. A two-story great room with a gas fireplace and decorative wood flooring highlight the first floor. Outside, there is a two-car garage and a 40 x 30 ft. barn with a 10 ft. door, a concrete floor with a drain, and a fully wired workbench. There is a fenced paddock that could be used for horses, and lots of green space. #437 New Burlington Rd. is a 1,635 square foot vinyl-sided home with an open, single level floor plan. It has three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a sunroom with views of fields and woods. It also has an attached, two-car garage. At the heart of the property is a three-acre stocked pond and the "party barn." It seems as though all outdoor activity runs through or winds up at this 1,680 square foot building that's equipped with a wood burning fireplace, finished wood walls, ceiling fans, a bathroom and changing area, and a large serving bar and kitchen. Behind the party barn are two pole buildings; a 120 ft. x 60 ft. fully insulated metal barn with concrete floors and a french drain, two 12 ft. garage doors, a bathroom, water hydrant, and security system; and an 80 ft. x 30 ft. equipment barn with five garage doors. There is also a range for target shooting or shooting clay pigeons. A shed with electricity provides storage for sporting equipment. Multiple hunting blinds are found at the back of the property, and trails have been cleared for off-road enjoyment. "We love everything about this farm," say its current owners. "It has everything that we love to do—hunting, fishing, shooting, trail riding through the woods, gardening, and space for family gatherings." This 171-acre property includes woods, a creek, a three-acre pond, hiking and off-roading trails, and 60.8 acres that are currently farmed and rented to neighboring farmers. The long driveway is lined with flowering pear trees and provides access to all three houses. The farm is centrally located, within an hour's drive of Columbus and Cincinnati, 35 minutes to Dayton, and 10 minutes into Wilmington. While not currently set up as a horse farm, the property could serve as a boarding facility. The World Equestrian Center, host of premier equestrian events and a nationally recognized first-class equestrian facility, is 20 minutes away.
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