$1,399,900 • 330 acres
What makes this secluded, 330-acre farm in Madison County so spectacular is its sweeping, panoramic views; sheer biological diversity; river frontage; and presence of several historic buildings, still standing, though in need of a helping hand. From the 1,232-ft peak of Mount Evans, the land itself slopes gently downward, then fans out, drawing the eye to breathtaking views of Murphy Hill, Wachita Mountain, Bald Knob and other low-lying members of the St. Francis Mountains. There are over 60 acres of pastureland. And the St. Francis River meanders along its northwest perimeter - affording more than 1,000 feet of river frontage. The diversity is further defined by 270 acres of standing timber, including oak, walnut, hickory and softwoods. Several glades can be found in the north parcel, which are said to host a surprising array of flora, fauna, insects and vertebrates, often not found elsewhere on nearby terrain. Natural streams form wetlands, some of which beavers have furthered along by diverting water elsewhere, then damming it up, such as the area behind the lake. For those interested in ecology, a purple variant of Milkweed, which is the single most important food source for Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars, springs up year after year, uninvited, along the creek that runs east to west and feeds the 4-acre lake. Conservationists believe one field also shows telltale signs of having once been an ancient Savannah. Deer, turkey, and geese are found in abundance here, as are Bobwhite Quail and Mourning Doves. Seven Bald Eagles once perched in a single tree; they come to feed off the stocked lake, with its large bass, crappie, bluegill, perch and sunfish populations. But in recent years, more elusive animals have begun to roam these hillsides and valleys, some with the blessing of the Department of Conservation, others, not so much. These include armadillos, feral hogs, bobcats, cougars, and black bear. In 2021, in keeping with changes in animal populations, Missouri declared its first official bear and elk hunting seasons. There are two homes and several historic buildings on this farm. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath, ranch-style home affords spectacular views of the lake and St. Francis Mountains. Next to the lake, a century-old barn, renovated in 2019, stands solidly upon a 6' stone foundation made of granite pulled from the fields. Another 100+ year-old barn stands in the north field, which once housed an earlier farmer's mules. And if restoring a century-old farmhouse is on your bucket list, a second home, also handcrafted of mortar and granite, awaits your innovative touch! This 3-bedroom, 1 bath home features walnut ceilings and floors on the main level, original kitchen cabinetry, and a steel "I-Beam" in the basement. With a bit of work, it could perfectly transition from guest house to Airbnb to VRBO for instant income. Another unfinished metal machine shop with its simplistic, wood-burning stove provides a rustic venue for "bragging rights" after a successful hunt. Nearby amenities include Mark Twain National Forest, Castor River Shut Ins, and Millstream Gardens. Missouri's White-Water Championships are held on the St. Francis River, just a few miles down stream. The river itself is loaded with Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Rock bass. And there are several area UTV and ATV trails ready for your weekend get away. Missouri land is in high demand. With only a short drive separating this property from St. Louis, it is well worth the visit!