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Tabor Branch River Forest

Topsham, Orange, VT
05076
Price: $225,000
Acres: 80
Type: Multiple Uses
Availability: Under Agreement
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Introduction
Location
Access
Site Description
Timber

Introduction

The property offers nearly ½ mile of private frontage along the Tabor Branch River which has deep pools and scattered large boulders. Also notable are the pine stands with large 2-3 foot diameter trees that are likely over 100 years old. A nice potential homesite is located near the town-maintained road frontage.

Location

The property is located in east-central Vermont, in a rural, quiet area of primarily forestland with scattered homes and small farms along the roads. The homesteads near the property along Willey Hill Road are a mix of sizes and styles, with most homeowners being primary residents.

Several large towns are within a 30-minute drive, including Bradford at Exit 16 of I-91, Wells River/ Woodsville at Exit 17 of I-91, and Barre- Montpelier along I-89, each town offering all amenities. Boston, Massachusetts is a 2.5-hour drive to the southeast.

Access

The access is provided by the graveled, fully town-maintained Willey Hill Road, where +/-1,900' of road frontage exists on the road's north side. This road frontage offers a potential driveway point and future homesite along the western end of the frontage (west of Territory Road). Electric and telephone service are located on the opposite side of the road at the land's western end.

The property also offers +/-1,900' of road frontage along the graveled Territory Road, a Class 4 un-maintained town road. This section of road is plowed in the winter by residents north of the property.

Site Description

The property is well suited for developing a year-round home given the nearby electric power, maintained road frontage, and gentle terrain near the town road. Any homesite would provide local views with tree clearing and an easterly aspect.

The Tabor Branch of the Waits River nearly bisects the land, offering about 1/2 mile of frontage on both sides of this year-round water source. The Tabor Branch in the dry summer months can be crossed by jumping from rock to rock; however, during spring and high rain periods, the river is too high to walk across. Nice deep pools are found along most of the river. At its eastern end, before leaving the property, a small wetland habitat exist along the river.

The elevation ranges from 1,500' where the river exits the property to 1,660' along the western and northeastern boundaries. The terrain is variable, with gently sloping areas on most of the land. Soils are generally well-drained, excepting the wetland habitat near the river plus various areas approaching the river. However, the potential building site near the western end of the Willey Hill Road frontage offers deep soils well suited to home development. In this area, an old stone foundation exists from the 1800s.

A side stream crosses the northwestern part of the land offering an additional water resource.

Timber

The timber resource is exceptional, offering mature white pine stands and a developing hardwood hillside. The softwood areas are dominated by white pine, where many of the trees are 2-3 feet in diameter, with an age of roughly 100 years old. In addition, these areas include mature spruce.

A hardwood hillside occupies the northeastern quarter of the property, dominated by sugar maple stems with diameters ranging from 10" to 16".

Forest management last occurred about 25 years ago, with the property available for harvest and income generation anytime.

Moose and black bear are common in this area, given the nearby large undeveloped landscape to the north and west.

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