Virginia’s countryside is known for its breathtaking homes, horse farms, and vineyards, so it’s no surprise that many people are eager to live here. But it takes more than a simple search for bedrooms, square footage, or acreage to find your dream home in Virginia.
What You Should Consider in Your Home Search
Our area of Virginia, especially, is known for its rustic landscapes and equestrian lifestyle, which many homes incorporate in one way or another. Take 20597 Furr Road in Round Hill, for instance. This property is the epitome of a Virginia dream home, so we’ll use it as an example of what to look for when searching for properties.
To truly find your dream home (and avoid spending hours browsing through hundreds of listings), we’ve come up with a brief list of features and amenities that you should consider including in your search.
1. How Many Buildings Are on the Property?
In Virginia, a property may consist of more than one house. Our example dream home at 20597 Furr Road has a 4-bedroom brick house as the main manor as well as a 1-bedroom carriage house. So as you’re searching for properties, consider whether you want a separate carriage house or guest cottage or whether you would prefer to have a designated guest bedroom inside your home.
2. Does the Property Have Any Existing Easements?
Another thing to be aware of when searching for homes in Virginia is easements. Conservation easements, for example, are used to preserve and protect the scenic landscapes that visitors and residents adore. These easements are bound to the property deed, so even when the property changes ownership, the land will stay true to its predetermined purpose.
Our dream home example is a 42-acre property that has no easements, so you don’t have to worry about maintaining the easement or adhering to rules about the use of that part of your property.
3. When Was This Home Built?
Looking for a home with charm? Virginia has plenty of historical properties, and 20597 Furr Road is one of them. Built in the 1750s, the stone and brick manor has been restored to its original glory; its historic features include wide plank floors, multiple fireplaces, and its original hardware. What a find!
If you have your heart set on an older home, ask your real estate agent about whether the previous owners made any recent upgrades or improvements. Knowing whether the property has been restored could save you thousands of dollars.
4. Does the Property Have Facilities for Horses?
Virginia’s Hunt Country is famous for its equestrian lifestyle, which centers around annual horse shows, foxhunting, and established local farms and businesses. If you’re searching for an equestrian property in Virginia, it’s important to consider whether the property has the acreage you want as well as a barn or stables.
Our example property, 20597 Furr Road, has a huge bank barn with 6 stalls, a tack room, workshop, design studio, bathroom, and expansive storage on the second and third levels. Oh, and let’s not forget the space: this home is nestled on 42 beautiful acres!
Want to Find Your Dream Home Fast? Call Us!
My team and I have intimate knowledge of Virginia’s Hunt Country, so we can help you find the home of your dreams quickly and easily. Give us a call at 703.966.9480 and let’s talk!
Interested in 20597 Furr Road? This property is currently available for sale! Contact us for a showing.