Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not meant to be a suburban dweller. Don’t get me wrong, I live in a beautiful neighborhood with absolutely amazing neighbors. But I can’t deny that country life is in my blood. So it’s time to start a brand new adventure!
If you’ve ever lived in the country, then you know there’s just something special about the peace that country living offers. My soul has longed to return to my country roots for many years. The back roads always seem to beckon me home.
Many times over the years I’ve loaded up my two beloved dogs, Festus and Dale for a car ride in the country. They are always my willing companions for these excursions!
These road trips provide me with some much-needed soul nourishing solitude.
Generally, we head north on our road trips. This makes the most sense as heading in any of the other directions takes us deeper into the larger towns around us.
The dogs love it when they can see cows, horses, goats, etc. along the country roads. I always giggle watching these two with their ears flapping in the breeze enjoying the fresh air rushing around them. I know some people say dogs don’t smile, well then, I say you haven’t seen my two!
Over the years we’ve been through many lovely small towns within an hour or so of where we live. Each with its own unique downtown and friendly residents. Last year, when I was traveling for a weekend trip I came across an amazing small town just over the Virginia border.
I was instantly smitten by the beauty of Clarksville, VA. This welcoming small town is located on beautiful Kerr (Buggs Island) Lake. This large reservoir lake is in both Virginia and North Carolina. What drew me in was how much it reminded me of some of the small towns in Michigan that I remember.
Now my search began in earnest!
After finding Clarksville I finally knew the area where I wanted to be! The Kerr Lake area seemed to be the beacon I was looking for.
I started searching online for acreage. There were a few trips here and there with the dogs to drive past some of the properties. Others I found were already under contract. In the evenings to help me relax, I would browse real estate sites looking for land.
As I looked, I honed our list of wants and requirements for the land. We knew we wanted at least 5 acres or more. It had to have a pond or creek on it with some open areas and some woods. It would be ideal if there was electric nearby. Plus we didn’t want it to be extremely hilly, but some nice rolling areas would be nice!
During one of our trips to Clarksville, Mr. Man and I drove past one piece of land but decided it was too close to a major road. It was pretty, but not quite what we had in mind.
On Mother’s Day this year, after being thoroughly spoiled by my daughter, Elecia and soon to be son-in-law, I headed out with the dogs to look at a piece of property I saw online. This property was less than 30 minutes from Clarksville, near a small town called Townsville. This name is just so great!
I usually try to avoid major highways opting instead to stick to the back roads when out on these rides. The traffic is usually nonexistent and the view is always so much prettier!
This Sunday just seemed extra special to me. It was such a gorgeous spring day I couldn’t help but feel hopeful.
Don’t you just love the way the air smells fresh and earthy while driving on the back roads? I sure do! The butterflies were drifting about in the breeze along the side of the road and I could hear bugs buzzing and birds singing as I meandered my way to where this property was.
Nice, but no lake access.
When I drove past the property I had gone up to Townsville to see, I realized it really wasn’t what we were looking for. Undeterred, I turned the car around and started exploring the area.
As I headed back the way I came, my heart whispered softly to me to go the other way…Having learned not to ignore this small still voice, I turned and headed in that direction.
I drove past gorgeous farms with rolling fields of sprouted crops. As I approached an intersection I saw a sign for a boat landing on Kerr Lake. Ever curious, I turned down this road so I could check it out.
From the very beginning, I was captivated by the beauty surrounding me. There were gorgeous old churches and stately farmhouses with rolling fields and hedgerows all around me. I could feel myself relax as I took in everything I saw.
As the scenery rolled steadily past me, I saw two real estate signs just off the side of the road. I figured I would check them out after I left the boat landing area. A moment later I saw the next sign for the boat landing.
Heading down this quiet street, there were clusters of nice lake homes dotting the land around me. I turned around once I got to the ranger’s station as I didn’t want to pay to go into the park.
On my way back down the street, some folks took a moment to offer me a friendly wave. I happily waved back at them acknowledging their kindness. My heart smiled!
Once back on the other road, I slowed down and really started to look at what was around me. BEST DECISION I’ve made in a long time! 🙂
The signs that changed everything!
Several blocks up from the road the boat landing is on, I came to one of the signs I saw a few minutes earlier. I quickly and carefully pulled off the road so I could take a photo of the real estate sign. Both dogs were so excited when I stopped…I think they knew I was excited too!
I drove slowly past these two plots of land, taking in as much as I could! One sign said 18 acres +/- and the other said 20 acres +/-. Both signs said lake access and the price was right on each of them! By this time I was giddy with excitement!
As I drove home I kept hoping these properties weren’t already sold or under contract. I’d been disappointed previously, so I was trying to stay optimistic.
When I got home, I headed straight up to my office to look them up online. As soon as I found them I quickly scanned the listings making sure they were still active. Thankfully they were! I clicked on the link to email the realtor questions about the 18 +/- acre piece of land.
Meeting the realtor.
We liked Ed from the very beginning! We met him there to tour the property the very next weekend. He brought his ATV so we could do most of the tour while riding instead of walking. There were several brush hogged/mowed trails throughout the front of the lot allowing us to see quite a bit of it.
Ed suggested we tour the other lot as well while we were there. The lots are side by side, so off we went following the trails in the 20 +/- acre lot. It was gorgeous as well!
Each of the lots has a pond and a couple of streams. Plus there is electricity run across the front of both of them. I have to say, Mr. Man and I were extremely excited about what these two properties had to offer. Ed also took us to the boat landing and to the dedicated lake access site.
The lake access was beyond what we had hoped for, it is a quiet cove tucked neatly away from the big lake! The path leading to it was well maintained and quiet lovely! I was already imagining myself fishing from the shore! While we headed back to the vehicles, we were discussing the properties in earnest.
At this time, we were still only considering one of the lots. But the longer we sat there talking it became crystal clear to us, that if we bought anything, we should buy both lots.
We discussed this option with Ed. He explained to us if we put down some earnest money that he could hold both of them for us. Mr. Man and I knew we needed to discuss this with each other, so we asked Ed if we could let him know.
Lunch in Clarksville.
We headed to Clarksville to grab a bite of lunch so we could discuss our options. It didn’t take us long to realize that we wanted these two lots! As soon as we got to the car, I called Ed to tell him. Ed said he had someone coming to look at both of them the next day and we were wise to put down earnest money on them.
On our ride home, we continued to discuss these two lots and we each started to share ideas on what this land could become if we purchased it.
We were excited with the prospect before us. But we also knew this type of decision would take a lot of prayerful consideration too. It was time to assess what our next steps would be over the next 30 days…
So what’s next on the blog.
A Brand New Adventure ~ Part 2. There is so much more to share with you regarding our decision to purchase this land! I hope you will join me next week so you can continue to follow along on our journey!
Have you purchased acreage? I would love to hear about it if you have! Let me know if you have any questions. I’m always happy to help.