The forest is ideally suited to the development of a large, year-round homestead property with features that include:
The property is located at the edge of Middlebury Village where the vast forestlands of the Green Mountain National Forest meet the agriculturally rich lands of the Lake Champlain Valley to the west.
Middlebury is one of Vermont’s most rounded towns, with a robust economy created from a diversity of private, public and non-profit institutions. Most notable is Middlebury College, whose main campus is 4.5 miles to the north in downtown Middlebury. The college's Breadloaf School of English is situated 8 miles to the east, surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest. This campus is also host to Rikert Nordic Ski Center. A mile further east is the college’s Snow Bowl Ski Area.
Middlebury has a vibrant downtown which includes nearby Porter Medical Center. The Middlebury State Airport is 3 miles to the northeast. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city is a 55-minute drive to the north along Route 7. Boston is about a 3.25-hour drive to the southeast
Access is provided by a 50’ wide right-of-way that runs ±600’ from Route 7 to the property’s western boundary. The right-of-way runs along mostly level terrain with a solid gravel road bed, well suited to any vehicle type
The property’s terrain is mostly gently sloped, creating western and northern exposure, with soils that are predominately well-drained and productive. The property occupies the northern end of a forested hill situated between Route 7 and Lower Plains Road to the west and lands of the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) to the east. From the clearing at the end of the access road, the land rises to the east toward the center of the forest. This is the height of land whose elevation is 740’ Above Sea Level (ASL).
While there are many suitable spots to develop a home site on the property, this location offers nice views of the GMNF lands to the east and the Champlain Valley to the west (with tree clearing). Beyond this height of land, going east, the land slopes down and to the north, approaching the nearby Middlebury River where the low point elevation is 460’. A small stream runs through the northeastern end of the property.
The timber resource can be considered well above average, having been professionally managed by the current ownership since 2000. During this tenure, the silvicultural objective has been to promote the development of high-quality sawlogs, an accomplished goal based on the standing timber which is now part of the property offered for sale.
The species are composed primarily of hardwood, with softwood limited to hemlock and white pine. The main hardwood species are red and sugar maple, red oak and yellow and black birch.
The forest was thinned in early 2018 using a combination of individual tree selection and small group cuts. The results are impressive, with nearly all residual stems of high quality with adequate growing conditions, ensuring robust future growth. Forest aesthetics are also ”park like”, given much of the suppressed understory stems having been removed, making walking from trail to trail quite easy. No recent timber inventory data are available.