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End of the Road Lake Property - Melrose, FL

 
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We have put three years of love and sweat into growing our soil and transforming the landscaped yard into a useful food forest and kid friendly space of exploration and play. We are located on the south side of Lake Santa Fe which provides a heat buffer against the coldest of north Florida winter nights. We currently grow pineapples and bananas and so many other things I’d love to list but I’ll save that for another post. We bought this house when the seller wasn’t actively trying sell it but our offer to buy provided her an opportunity to follow her heart to be closer to her children and grandchildren. We hope our opportunities to move on to pursue dreams in other parts of the world will come soon and maybe that’s where you fit in...
The house was built in 2009. It has a master bedroom on the main floor and two bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs. It is situated on about an acre and is bordered by wild spaces on two sides. We have a detached two car garage and two chicken coops. Please email me if you’re curious. I would love to tell you more.
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How many acres, and what is the price?
 
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It is about an acre on the lake bordered by a house that is rarely occupied on one side and a wild area we lovingly call "the jungle" that is about a ten foot high bramble area of a significant amount of beautiful elderberry, grape vines, shampoo ginger, and blackberries.  This jungle runs the length of the eastern property line and is adjacent to the chicken coop area.  I allowed our flock to forage in that wild area with the safety from birds of prey thanks to the canopy.  Our front yard has one area sodded with Bermuda grass to serve as the "lawn" and the remainder of the front yard is mulched and planted heavily in food forest fashion to shade out and block continued grass growth.  In the front I have planted moringa, edible hibiscus, false roselle, sugar cane, chaya, Jerusalem Artichoke, loquat, avocadoes, persimmons, pears, guavas, bamboo, pomegranate, bananas, turmeric, pineapples, mango, sapote, katuk, ginger, figs, taro, loofah, and there is an existing established pindo palm, and one old citrus tree.  I won't get into what herbs and pollinator attractor plants are in the front.  I also have a substantial passionfruit tunnel that I intend on rebuilding once the vines die down with some cold weather.  We have a significant heat shelter with the deep and broad lake Santa Fe in our backyard so that helps to dampen the impact of the coldest north Florida nights.  The backyard has our official food forest that includes all trees and a lot of mulch and soil fertility building material.  The plants in the back are more sugar cane, star fruit, olives, mulberries, cherry of the Rio Grande, jaboticaba, mango, katuk, pawpaw, peach, nectarine, pear, apple, fig, Guanacaste, false roselle, papaya, pineapples, passionfruit, goji berry, Chinese honey oranges, sweet potatoes,  and some logs that were fruiting with oyster mushrooms.  Everything was planted within the past three years so many of these trees are still in the "sleep" phase of plant growth in Florida.  A neighbor informed me that plants in Florida sleep, creep, and eventually leap.  Some things already produce a fair amount like the figs and mulberries.  There is still a large amount of grass and a wild riparian zone along the lake.  I am happy to answer your questions and I know I have already shared more information than you were asking to get!    We are hoping to receive around $750,000 for this amazing place for someone to grow and thrive here as the plants get established.  We are also open to renting the property to trustworthy folks who will steward the land and appreciate its bounty.  Another important note is that the street is around two dozen other houses and a number of them have delicious fruits that they generously share or make available for us to harvest.  We enjoy our neighbors' citrus including pomelos, grapefruits, tangerines, blood oranges, and limes.  We also harvest papayas and guavas and bananas.  Our street also has a surprising variety of different types of wild blueberries that ripen in the late spring along the one half mile edge of the pine woods on the west side of our road where there are no houses.  The county also recently purchased the land bordering our road on both sides and it is under conservation to protect the lake and the rest of the watershed.  This land will eventually be opened with trails for hiking and mountain biking.  We also have one of Alachua county's commissioners as a neighbor which helps ensure our neighborhood's interests.  I've shared enough for now.  I look forward to any further questions anyone has.  Happy New Year and happy last full moon of 2020!
 
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Such a beautiful construction compared to the other lake-fronts in that area on Realtor dot com.



 
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