||The Plains, Virginia
“Signal Mountain” is a 160 acre estate in Virginia’s Orange County Hunt. Located on the western slope of Bull Run Mountain between the quaint towns of The Plains and Middleburg, Signal Mountain is steeped in both beauty and history. The land has undergone slow, painstaking development, from raw mature forested land to a property ready for a grand home to be built and a truly remarkable estate to be launched, or enjoyed “as is” as an incredible country escape or hunt property. Signal Mountain was used by the famous Confederate cavalryman, Colonel Mosby (of Mosby’s rangers), as the higher elevations of the land have commanding views of the surrounding region. The property is also home to the “white rocks”, an unusual limestone formation that sits near the summit of Signal Mountain, and from which there are commanding scenic western views. The property is entered through spectacular stone walls and gate piers (taken from the land itself) that support hand forged iron gates, complete with automated gate system and closed circuit TV. The private drive then passes a circa civil war era stone chimney/foundation, well, and spring house. The chimney has been restored and a pavilion made of red cedar with a copper glad roof added, complete with built-in custom stainless steel cooking implements/grill and an electrical outlet and phone jack. It is ideal for grilling and entertaining. Continuing on along the driveway, which is lined with towering 80’ tulip polar trees is a poplar grove with unusual running cedar ground cover. A 1/2 acre natural spring fed pond is next, stocked with bass, blue gill and algae eating carp, and outfitted with a large dock with built-in seating and an A/C power receptacle. The drive winds up a hill where a ~2,400 sq. ft carriage house is seated. The structure, built in 2010, is made of stone and white cedar shake siding with a metal roof and copper gutters/downspouts. The selection of building materials makes the exterior nearly maintenance free. Approximately half of the house (lower level) is semi-finished and perfect for equipment and tools and features three large western cedar carriage doors. The lower level also has a powder room and mud room/entrance with a ceramic tiled “dog shower/wash-up”. A second bedroom suite could be easily created on this level if desired. Climbing the stairs reveals a stunning second floor loft interior, featuring 6” wide quarter sawn ebony stained solid white oak floors and beams, black walnut built-ins (book shelves, dresser, office/work space), cable lighting, and a 16’ long Nanawall™ window-wall system from Germany, opening to a large covered porch. The entire span of the Nanawall can be opened to the outside. The house and porch have panoramic views of the pond and sunset with the Blue Ridge mountains in the distance. There are granite counter tops throughout the 1 1/2 baths and kitchen. The master bath features a huge glass encased walk-in shower done in travertine stone. Limestone floors and granite counters accent the well equipped galley kitchen, with stainless steel appliances and a wine refrigerator. The main living space features an extremely efficient soap stone encased steel wood burning firebox that sits on a swiveling pedestal and is capable of heating the entire house. There is a second floor office with pocket doors. The house has a state of the art security system installed, including CCTV, and it is wired for satellite TV and high speed internet. Several main home sites are available to build out the estate if desired. The septic tank and drainage field are already in place for a main house, as well as a sophisticated 600 amp buried electrical grid, ready to handle any additions including barns, stables, and outbuildings. Signal Mountain is situated on a dead-end county road with several other large estates in the area, but completely private. The mature trees consist of poplars, oaks, sycamores, black walnuts, cedars, beech and dogwoods -- and just about any species indigenous to the area. A conservation forestry plan has been established, and the land will continue to produce renewable hardwood timber every 7-10 years, providing for an ongoing source of income while keeping the forest healthy. An extensive network of old stone walls criss cross the property, with enough native stone to easily build an entirely stone main house or other structures. In addition to the spring feeding the pond, there are additional springs on the property, which could supply additional water features or be used for irrigation. Well planned trails, which can be hiked or accessed via mountain bike or ATV, allow for easy exploration of the land. The land is in easement making the R/E tax rate extremely low. It is conveniently located near to Rt. 66 for easy access to Dulles airport and the Washington, DC metropolitan area, yet is a world away.