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Rick English
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1890 Farmhouse/Homestead on 1 Acre in Central Pennsylvania for Sale by Owner





I got a new job, so we are leaving our well-loved home, and we are hoping a permy might be interested, so all our hard work won't be removed in favor of grass.

Our home is one of a kind, because the original farmhouse was large and used premium materials for 1890. It also has multiple additions and updates over the years, so it has all the modern conveniences of a typical 2000-ish square foot home with 2 car garage. It is also a few minutes from the Interstate, so a commute of 50-60 miles can happen in an hour or less.

We have owned the property for nearly 4 years, and in that time have planted 100s of beneficial (to wildlife and human) plants (mostly trees, shrubs, perennials and wildflowers.) We of course have used nothing resembling toxic gick in our yards (minus some cardboard), and one of the rpidily maturing dwarf fruit trees (Peaches, Pears, Apples Cherries) produced a dozen-ish edible peaches this year for the first time (with no pesticides, not even the "organic" stuff). Thankfully the folks that had the property before us also didn't use toxic gick, so it has a clean history for 9+ years.

The property features a gently sloping acre with a treeline of mostly walnuts, locusts & maples surrounding most of the property. For at least half of the year, only one neighbor is visible from the property. There is a shed with a small chicken coop and run.

Many original architectural details remain, such as original hardwood floors (my guess is old-growth yellow pine - commonly used around here in the time period the house was built). Much of the original woodwork is in place, and so are original picture windows (with huge aluminum storm windows to protect them). The upstairs bedrooms and bathroom all have pocket doors.

The back of the home faces south, so there is a ton of light and solar gain in the winter. The heat system uses thermal mass (top of the line, well-maintained EMF coal fired boiler), so you can get some fresh air in the winter and still stay toasty warm for not much money (and the coal bin is nearly full, so this first winter will be nearly free). We are in the heart of anthracite coal country, so the best coal in the world is readily available and cheap.

The neighbors keep to themselves, and there are wonderful views of trees and rolling farm fields from nearly every window. The fields are mostly conventional rotated corn or soybean fields, which are across the road and downhill-ish from our property, so there is a buffer from fertilizer and pesticides. The house itself and and treelines also buffer the majority of the property. The front yard is small, so the majority of the buffered growing space is in the back yard.

All the non-permy details are here:
https://williamsport.craigslist.org/reo/5139247375.html
 
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Hi there. Were you able to sell your place?
 
Rick English
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We did not. The house we were going to buy fell through, so we are staying put, unless the right buyer comes along.
 
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