CROOKED RUN FARM, presently a private residence, is the ultimate CEO, corporate venue or Hunter’s Retreat. The property offers great natural beauty, a peaceful healthy lifestyle and total privacy. It was conceived and built by California CEO Michael Brown as a post-retirement home for him and his wife Tracey.
Driving across the country off the beaten path he was captivated by West Virginia’s upper Potomac Highlands. He found a forested, flat 186 acre parcel and hired a helicopter and flew over the property. “Then I walked it every single inch, and found it covered with old-growth trees and a crystal-clear mountain stream.” Brown built a log and stone residence secluded within the 186 acres. While majestic and luxurious are not words typically associated with log homes, this 8,400 SF structure defies the usual perceptions of log homes. “I knew what I wanted for a house,” says Brown. “I didn’t want rustic. I wanted elegant. I wanted something solid that would last. I knew log cabins tended to be dark so I made sure we had plenty of large windows. I also wanted arches throughout the house windows, doors and entry-ways. I just did that to give the house more character.”
Indeed, Brown wanted to take advantage of the beauty of the area surrounding the house. The numerous large windows, ample sitting areas outside, even a fire pit for outdoor cooking are all expressions of that thinking. Brown says as soon as visitors walk through the front door, they can see straight through to the back of the house and get a taste of the mountains and grandeur surrounding them.
This 8,400 SF, whole log, lodge-style estate features equestrian facilities, 2 additional apartments, an in-ground pool, spa, a lit tennis court, 4 streams and maintained riding and walking trails. In addition to the huge logs provided by the nation’s leading log dealer, the features include 4 kinds of marble as well as granite, wood floors, huge rooms, vaulted wood ceilings and a fabulous kitchen. The estate is gated and really private; but within it are 3/4 mile roads paved to state highway standards complete with street lights! There are great views of the surrounding mountains. 2 HOURS DRIVE FROM DC or BALTIMORE, 30 minutes to Winchester, Va., 40 Miles to Washington/ Dulles Int Airport.
This house is an aesthetic, architectural and engineering marvel. It feels like a first class hunting lodge in the Rockies, its rustic grandeur a seamless continuation of surrounding scenery. Everything about the design, construction, amenities and visual presence is absolutely first class. The huge untapered logs, the floors, the various marble extras, and of course the views are impressive. The swimming pool (heated with a vanishing edge and waterfall), spa, the tennis court, the miles of trails and the equestrian center will all wow you! The two separate apartments over the garage and over the barn are great for guests or caretakers. The outdoor log furnace provides virtually free heat for the entire house. The metal stable and other equestrian facilities are also fabulous and the many cleared, graded and drainage controlled paths are great for riding.
It all sits in splendid isolation, but, more prosaically right in the middle of a DESIGNATED OPPORTUNITY ZONE. This will give any investor a great opportunity to convert/expand it into a world-class full blown retreat, resort or hunting lodge or an unforgettable event centre. EG