The Nest Homestead is now available to the next owner who appreciates good layout, careful details, vernacular aesthetics and solid construction. From the yellow birch flooring to the custom cherry staircase, every detail was designed with careful consideration and executed to the owners’ exacting specifications. Set in a quiet, rural area of central Vermont, The Nest is the perfect “base camp” for recreating and enjoying all that the area has to offer – Mad River and Sugarbush ski areas, Green Mountains, a lively micro-brew scene, quaint villages, and rivers, bike routes and farmer’s markets. It is also a destination in itself with a large tract of beautiful and well-stocked forest to explore and admire.
The property is in a rural setting four miles east of Moretown village and an equal distance to Northfield Falls village. In Moretown, there is an elementary school, a well-appointed country store and town offices. In Northfield Falls, there are a series of three covered bridges and a gourmet/natural foods country store with a deli and bakery.
Moretown and Route 100 provide access to the Mad River Valley where there are attractive shops and restaurants as well as Sugarbush and Mad River Ski Resorts (both a 30-minute drive). Waterbury, the recreational crossroads of Vermont, is a 20-minute drive and is directly on Interstate 89. Northfield Falls is 5 minutes north of downtown Northfield, home of Norwich University. Here, there are practical stores and services as well as access to Montpelier, the capital city (20 minutes away).
Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, is a 45-minute drive to the northwest. Boston is about a 3-hour drive to the southeast.
The Nest Homestead is directly off Moretown Mountain Road, a town-maintained gravel road. This by-way passes from Route 100B to the west, up and through Moretown Gap in the Northfield Range, and down to Route 12 and Northfield Falls to the east. The house is on the east side of Moretown Gap. A gravel drive leaves the town road and travels about 400 feet to the house’s attached garage.
The Nest Homestead rests on the east side of the Northfield Range. The topography is sloping to varying degrees with a southeastern aspect. Two plateaus above the homesite are gentle to moderate in terrain and show evidence of past agricultural use. The timber resource is a mix of species, with many quite large-diameter trees. No forestry activity has occurred for roughly 30 years, providing a highly aesthetic landscape.
As you approach the house up the driveway, the first impression is of a handsome, but unassuming, home. The 3,480 sq. ft., 2-story, farmhouse-style home was built in 2006. The house sits on a full, concrete foundation and a 2-car garage is attached. A composite wood deck off the back is partially covered and nestles up to the woods and exposed rocks.
The main entrance to the home is reached via a flagstone path to an inviting front porch. The mission-style wooden door leads into a welcoming entry with a cathedral ceiling and high window. In this light-filled space, first impressions of the home are transformed as the beauty and craftsmanship lovingly poured into the building are revealed.
Primary design features include: birch flooring, screwed and pegged in place; ceramic tile in the baths and laundry room; cherry trim and doors; heavy-duty bronzed door hardware; tasteful, bronzed wall sconces mounted on cherry boards; recessed or petite track lighting fixtures; and double-hung, two-over-two, Marvin windows. The effect is a solid, warm, and elegant home with pleasing continuity as one moves through the easy flow of the rooms.