SOLD...Here is a truly "one-of-a-kind" property at the 4,000 foot elevation in Pinehurst. This completely private and totally secluded 20 acres has a wealth of special features highlighted by a custom crafted geodesic dome. Sound interesting? Let's take a look around.
Access to the 20 acres is via a deeded easement road coming off of Pinehurst Road (Hwy 245). The property lies at the end of the easement. This is land in nearly its natural state. Wildlife abounds and you will see deer, wild turkey, fox, raccoon, and even the occasional bear. A doctor first came here in 1978 and he envisioned a mountain get-away retreat that would provide him a haven of privacy and serenity from the hectic pace of his normal urban environment. With that goal in mind, he started construction of his dream retreat. The centerpiece was a custom designed geodesic dome, which he believed was the construction style that most reflected his desire to blend with the environment. The completed home features 1,970sqft with an open greatroom design. The 2 story home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with a beautiful natural staircase leading to the second floor. You will love the massive beamed interior with its natural wood accents that highlight the uniqueness of dome construction techniques and the wealth of wood clad windows that flood the interior with natural light. The greatroom area is highlighted by a custom woodstove with a brick hearth and custom tile backing. The stove is completely adequate to heat the entire home, but electric baseboard and wall heaters have been strategically placed to supplement the heating requirements. Cooling is provided by evaporative cooling (more than sufficient at this elevation). The kitchen is very nicely appointed with an island breakfast bar, main sink and separate food prep sink, freestanding range and stove, and built in wall oven. There's also a very nicely sized utility room. Finally, you have a great wraparound deck to enjoy all of the views of your private domain. Here's where it really gets good! This is a magnificent 20 acres.
After taking the easement road from the highway, you come to the gated driveway to the home. The drive meanders along the seasonal creek. Your first sight will be the well house along a massive rock outcropping. This isn't your average well, not by a long shot. The well came in at a massive 150gpm when it was drilled. Even better, this is an artesian well that, even in summer, has a natural flow of well over 5 gpm (look closely at the well picture). Why drill a well in that spot? Simple. That massive rock outcropping next to the well is home to a number of indian grinding holes indicating that this was, historically, a village site. The indians knew where the water was. The drive continues along the creek where it crosses along the dam of your very own private pond that provides a great place to cool off in the summer and serves as a natural attraction for the area's native wildlife. The drive then turns back towards the home sited in a ridgetop setting with great western views. There is a large deer-fenced garden with a smaller workshop dome (this needs quite a bit of repair) and there are numerous fruit trees. Water has been piped to a variety of spots for future plantings. In addition, there is a large second pad at the back of the property. This is land in its native state, a wonderful combination of pine, cedar, black oak, manzanita and other native trees interspersed with open meadows and ridges. This is Mother Nature at her very best, a private and serene setting of your very own where all of the tensions of a hectic urban lifestyle is washed away.
All properties have negatives. What about this one? There are a couple to consider. Geodesic domes are difficult to finance even though they are, structurally speaking, the strongest of homes. To that end, the sellers are willing to carry paper for a well qualified buyer with a good down payment. The workshop dome does need quite a bit of repair, primarily in the roof. Finally, the sellers also have an adjacent 20 acres along the eastern boundary of the property that they will retain an easement to. The easement is such that it will not impact this property and there is the possibility of purchasing this property at some point in the future. Finally, this elevation does get a fair amount of winter snow at times. Not so much as to make the property inaccessible but enough that plowing may be required at times or having a good 4 wheel drive on hand.
This is truly a unique property. I can't emphasize enough how very special it is. Health issues are the only reason that it has come on the market and the sellers have a real interest in knowing that the new owner will have a similar love of and commitment for preserving the natural beauty and character of this wonderful property. That being said, be advised that the character of the buyer is equally important to their capacity to buy. Showings are by appointment only and listing agent must be present. One final point, the price is the price.