National Forest View Forest Parcel consists of 80 acres of forest and around 17 acres of meadows and fields. There are several potential building sites on this parcel, and all have views of the Green Mountain National Forest in Rochester. The national forest provides year-round recreational activities including canoeing, swimming, hiking, fishing and hunting all in an undisturbed forest wilderness.
The properties are accessed from Maple Hill Road and Austin Hill Road, which are both off Vermont Route 73. The town of Rochester is just down the road with a mix of small shops including a hardware store, bookstore and café, a full-service mountain bike shop, several restaurants and a grocery store. Bethel, Vermont is 25 miles away, providing access to I-89 and points south and north. Route 73 East traverses the National Forest toward Brandon, Vermont, with Middlebury a bit further north. Warren and Waitsfield are less than a half hour to the north, which is where you'll be able to ski both Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen ski areas. This part of the state has long been known as a hidden gem in central Vermont, with all of the activities, amenities and landscapes that so many people love about living in the Green Mountain State.
The location of both properties is on Maple Hill Road in Rochester, VT. Maple Hill Road is off Route 73, which makes for very easy access year-round with power at the street.
National Forest View Forest Parcel has many options for building a primary or vacation home. There are open meadows and fields that could be used for a home or two as the property is not in Current Use, and the balance of the property is forestland. A local electric power line creates a division between the open meadows to the south, and the early successional old field and other forested areas to the north. This property could easily accomodate a couple of houses, with privacy and views anywhere you decide to build. There is access to power at the roadside, and there is a spring on the edge of the field that could possibly be used as a water source. The higher elevation of the forestland is accessed from Austin Hill Road, and could also provide exceptional views of the Green Mountain National Forest with some tree clearing. This area could also support an easily-developable home site or two with the construction of an access road from the Austin Hill Road frontage. The property has been in the same family for generations; the land supported an active farm until the 1980s. There is an old derelict farmhouse on the road that would likely need to be torn down. It may be possible to renovate the house, but, as it has not been occupied for many years, it would need extensive work. The parcel’s price reflects the potential removal cost.
The early successional old field area is situated to the east of the open meadow with young trees, aged ±15 years, naturally developing. The trees in this area are a mix of white pine and miscellaneous hardwoods. The meadow is mostly open and provides fine views down the valley and to the protected hills of the Green Mountain National Forest. The forest canopy is fully closed in with high stocking, creating a largely open forest floor for relative easy walking. The tree species are dominated by softwoods: white pine, red spruce and hemlock. Hardwood species are present in smaller amounts throughout the forest. Thinning last occurred about 25 years ago.