Summary: This elegant 4BR/5.5 bath home with fireplaces & built-ins sits on 79+/- acres overlooking a pond and rolling pastures. The walkout basement has ample storage space, a workshop, laundry room, & family room. The three-car garage features a professional rotary lift. A barn provides additional storage. Just 5 miles to Charlottesville airport and 10 miles to UVA.
Details: A long, paved meandering driveway leads you through parted trees that create a leafy barrier between domestic and public life. As the trees give way, green hills, fenced pastures, and a view of the Southwest Mountains rise up to greet you as you approach Simmons Gap Farm on its 79+/- acres.
A brick walkway carries your footsteps through the yard, past the large Sycamore with its white limbs outstretched, inviting you to pause and enjoy its shade. The generous front porch with its four columns and Brazilian wood decking welcomes you into the house, an introduction to the grandness of scale that awaits you inside. The ten-foot ceilings, tall doors, double-hung windows, brick fireplace, and dark oak floors establish a sense of Southern hospitality. It is easy to imagine here an older history than the house-originally constructed in 2005-could possibly possess. And yet extensive renovations completed in 2011 have given Simmons Gap Farm a comfortable, modern aesthetic. A wide passage to the right of the front entryway is fitted with generous closet space and a powder-room. Sprawling built-in bookshelves dominate two living room walls. What was once a main floor bedroom has been converted into a high-speed internet equipped study, with a built-in desk and windows that fill with the sight of the impressive holly hedges.
A spacious room to the left of the entryway provides an informal dining or sitting area that leads into the clean lines of the European-style kitchen with a subzero refrigerator-freezer, and custom cabinetry in non-fade lacquer. The expansive island, equipped with a Bosch range, downdraft extractor, GE Monogram oven and microwave oven, and complete with granite countertops, provides a place to prepare meals while simultaneously watching for the arrival of your guests. Windows added in the dining room ensure that the space is bathed in natural light. Divided light sliding doors provide access from the dining room to the back porch, where you can sit under the cool breeze of overhead fans and admire the sparkling pond and mountain peaks.
From the living room, a staircase of dark oak treads and white painted risers sweeps you up to the second story where each of the four bedrooms is equipped with a full en suite marble bathroom with glass enclosed showers. The spacious master bedroom overlooks the pond through three large windows and has the luxury of a brick fireplace and three roomy closets. From the other three rooms, generously lit with natural light, you are greeted by views of treetops absently waving at the blue Southwest Mountains and can hear birds calling as they flit past the windows.
The basement, which can be accessed from the kitchen and from the side of the house, provides ample room for storage, a workshop or studio space, and a family room or home gym. It is equipped with a wood burning Harman stove, a new Bosch washer/dryer and a washbasin installed under a granite countertop. The basement also includes a full bathroom with marble tiles and a glass enclosed shower.
A new mudroom allows easy access between the garage and the kitchen and features built-in storage, a granite countertop, and washbasin. The exterior door leads out to a newly constructed covered entrance at the side of the house, a short distance from the garage.
The three-car garage is a car enthusiast’s dream. It features an in-ground professional rotary lift with a raised ceiling, epoxy floor, gas space heater, hot and cold water sink, and extensive storage on the second floor. A spacious 36’ x 24’ barn just off the driveway provides additional space for storing equipment, its three 11’ x 9’ wide doorways allowing convenient entry for farm vehicles.
Just 5 miles to the Charlottesville airport and 10 miles to the University of Virginia, Simmons Gap Farm’s acreage and views convey the character of a remote estate-the only sounds the gusts of wind and birdcalls over the copper roof-with the convenience of quick and easy access to town.