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Hidden Valley Farm
Hidden Valley Farm aptly describes this gem of a farmhouse setting, tucked into its own private valley overlooking the rolling hills of rural historic Springfield Township. The quarter-mile-long paved lane leading to the homestead is flanked by mature hickory, oak and sassafras trees and grassy meadows. You can feel your mood begin to change as the sights and sounds of the outside world give way to the seclusion and sensory smorgasbord of nature: soaring red-tailed hawks, deer, fox, families of wild turkeys and native songbirds of every kind. This 38-acre property comprises 33 acres of preserved woods and open meadows and a five-acre building envelope where the house and studio are situated. Over 100 neighboring preserved acres ensure the sanctuary-like setting of this extraordinary property in perpetuity. The pristine stone three-to-four bedroom farmhouse, built in 1781 and surrounded by rock gardens and an elegant Japanese maple collection, retains much of its Colonial heritage with its open-beam ceilings, pie-shaped staircases, period hardware, wide pine and fir plank floors, six working fireplaces (including the large walk-in in the great room) and deep-silled 9-over-6 and 6-over-6 windows. The two-story frame addition, constructed in 1938 by a legendary local carpenter, includes a lovely, modern Shaker-style kitchen in solid cherry — an authentic complement to the nicely-detailed pine interior. The current owners have lovingly maintained and improved the interior and exterior over the last 40 years from the interior woodwork to the slate roof. Stone terraces and a rocking-chair porch of solid ipe wood flank the rear of the house, overlooking distant rolling fields and woods. The two-story, 30×40 foot studio, built in 1999 on the original bank barn foundation, has given rise to countless fine woodworking projects over the years. The floor plan, laid out in anticipation of future residential living areas, affords endless possibilities as additional living space. Offered for the first time in a half century, this exclusive property eagerly awaits its next loving stewards. LOW TAXES!