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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Selling our personal property (original Dwell Home at Beech Hill)

Well, we've decided it's time to sell our property! We came close to selling it three years ago but our situation changed and we decided to keep it. This time we're ready.

With everything going on in the mortgage and financial marketplace it's a crazy world right now, but these changes are also creating some tremendous opportunities, and for the right buyer, I believe this property is one of them.

Our property, called "Beech Hill", consists of 14.14 acres filled with hardwood trees, scenic terrain, hilltop views, natural springs, creeks, and walking trails. The property is adjacent to Robeson Creek and thousands of federally protected acres that include Jordan Lake. The Beech Hill property includes both the original Dwell Home (completed April 2005) and "The Red House" (completed April 2003).

We've loved living in the Dwell Home and we're going to miss it. The combination of tons of glass and outdoor spaces surrounded by nature has made it a very special place to live. We've enjoyed the experience of living close to nature through the transitions of all four seasons. Huge views in the winter, dogwoods surrounding the house in the spring, lush green in the summer, and unbelievable colors in the fall.

We also had fun living in The Red House for over two years, which we moved into shorly after we purchased this property in January 2003 until we completed the Dwell Home. It's a great little place that is super energy efficient because it is passive solar, built into the earth on the first floor, and constructed with concrete insulated forms. Since completing the Dwell Home and moving into it, we've used The Red House as a guest cottage, and all of our friends and family love staying there when they are in town. We've had fun making changes and improvements to it over the years with the advice of architect Dail Dixon who made the wise recommendation to immediately paint over the prior owner's yellow exterior paint with barn red. Dail advised us to paint it all barn red and create a mass that blends in with the natural landscape.

We'll be adding some new content to the website related to the property over the next few weeks but in the meantime you can check out the slideshow at .

The price will be $795,000 for the 14.14 acre Beech Hill property including both houses or $595,000 for the Dwell Home on 9.14 acres. Our broker will start showing the house two weeks from today, on Saturday, October 11, 2008.

Interested buyers can contact me directly and I'll forward your to our broker.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Walking the Lot Lines: Lot 8

We have just cleared all the lot lines to make it easier to see lots and plan homesites.

This is Lot 8 looking at McCoys Pond and the Central Farm

Walking along Lot 8 and Lot 9 in the woods heading towards the river

Standing in the far corner of Lot 8. Nathan is walking along Lot 8 and 9 and the Haw river is to my left.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Jason Oatis, Lyle Estill and Nate dive into deep thought

Turtle crossing

Back to the Farm

Walk to Jordan Lake from the Northern Meadow

Nate and Randy Lanou walking to the Haw River

Tony Kleese and Dail Dixon designing the Central Barn

Pond on Lot 1


Wearing out our shoes in the Northern Meadow

New Roads at Harvest

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tractor Trails at Harvest

Here are some photos of the existing tractor trails at Harvest, our new farm community. Having grown up in the country, I have fond memories of riding bikes along the miles of country roads and tractor trails that connected one farm to another. Harvest's 200+ acres is made up of a patchwork of farm plots connected by tractor trails and pathways. Careful site planning preserves this time-honored way of travel for future hikes down to the Haw River, hay rides, mountain biking, or simply as an excuse to take your tractor out for a spin.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kids Activities at Harvest

Strolling with sippycup

Snacktime on the porch

Wildlife Sightings at Harvest

Wild turkeys

Giant schnauzers

Friday, July 20, 2007

Maryland Greenbelt...Constructing Decks

I just returned from the Greenbelt site in Maryland where we're building the first and second level decks facing the Chesapeake Bay (unbelievable view & fresh air) as well as finishing up the punch list. The feeling inside this house is amazing.

Here's a pic of Andrew's son, Elijah, in the atrium.