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Lewis Creek Forest

Charlotte, Chittenden County, VT
05445
Price: $330,000
Acres: 113
Type: Multiple Uses
Availability: Available
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Introduction
Location
Access
Site Description
Timber
Easement

Introduction

The forest is ideally suited to the development of a private, year-round homestead with features that include:

· A mile of river frontage along Lewis Creek;

· Two pre-approved home building/subdivision lots;

· Highly scenic forest with dense, large-diameter trees;

· Interesting terrain with levels areas and rock-outcropping;

· Located in Charlotte, one of Chittenden County’s most desired towns.

Location

The property is located in the southeastern section of the town of Charlotte. The town is a bedroom community for Burlington, with mixed land uses: primarily farming and widely-spaced housing. The farming sector in Charlotte is diversified, with traditional and specialty products grown and produced throughout the community. The property is situated in a more forested section of town, along Lewis Creek.

Charlotte is well know for its pastoral, scenic landscape where views of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains and The Green Mountain Range are visible in many areas.

Mount Philo State Park, a popular hiking destination, and the State’s oldest park, is 4 miles to the west. Charlotte Village on Ferry Street is 7 miles to the west and Hinesburg Village is 6 miles to the northeast. Shelburne is 9 miles and South Burlington is 14 miles to the northwest.

Access

Access is provided by a developed 60’-wide, surveyed right-of-way that runs 350’ from the town road to the property. The initial part of this driveway is shared with a neighbor. Also, there is 290’ of road frontage along Lewis Creek Road.

Site Description

The property offers a diverse and interesting landscape that includes level areas in the designated home site zones, a large glacial outwash plateau near the river, deep ravines, and ledge runs with rock outcroppings.  The gentle slopes at the land’s eastern end were pasture within the last ±75 years, with old stone walls and rock piles.

The two designated building sites have mature trees providing the perfect canvas to create a landscaped home site with large trees safely nearby. Rock outcropping within view of these sites also offers character to the home sites with local views possible upon tree clearing.

Elevation above sea level ranges from 300’-400’. Many aspects are present, with the home sites generally having a neutral exposure.

Timber

There are three notable resources on the property: 1) significant river frontage, 2) interesting ravines/ledge runs, and 3) a mature timber resource.

The land possesses over a mile of frontage on Lewis Creek, a significant river which runs 33 miles from the wooded hills of Starksboro in the east to Lake Champlain. The fisheries in this river are diverse, providing excellent angling on site. Much of the river’s northern shoreline is protected by The Nature Conservancy, which owns the neighboring property.

Two notable ledge-runs are present, each vertically short, with the central one holding sporadic rock outcrops and the western area supporting a grove of dense, mature trees.

The forest resource is outstanding, featuring a mix of age classes, where many stems are 80+ years old. Stand density is overstocked with little understory growth, making walking easy. The majority of the timber is softwoods with white pine and hemlock the most common. Red oak, maple, birch, ash and hickory are common associates. Forest thinning can occur anytime, producing income for the new owner.

Easement

The existing town-approved subdivision and building permit have requirements for managing the timber per UVA standards, allowing public hunting, excepting for 40 acres around the Lot 3 home site, and certain restrictions on cutting trees near the home site. Also, there is a 100’-wide public access zone along the river frontage where harvesting of trees is restricted.

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