We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sheffield, MA, in the southern Berkshires, is one of the loveliest villages in New England. It has well-kept horse farms, a few dairy farms, a bunch of quaint bed-and-breakfasts, wooded hills, a 250 year-old Congregational Church, and a population of around 3000.
It isn't too far from Maggie's Farm, and it isn't too far from where Alice's Restaurant used to be (in Stockbridge).
The only problem with this fine 1880 carriage barn-home is that it comes with only 6 acres. I would need ten or twenty times that to do what I want to do. The only other downside is all of the Subarus with Obama stickers in the area. (Asking price $740,000).
The workshop and office space on the ground level are an appealing feature.
(No, we are not in the real estate business: we just like a break from politics.)
It is a neat property. Too bad about the timebomb across the street (1/8 acre subdivision around the entire lake, just put enough together and you are good to go). There was probably a great run of salamanders Monday night during the rain. If memory serves this is a major crossing area for the little spotted guys.
If you are looking for 60-120 multipurpose acres in southern Berkshire County, the west side of Sheffield is very pretty but won't come cheap. The east side with all the Oxbows has more raw land but also infinitely more mosquitos and black flies.
Nothing like the charm, but there are land bargains to be had just over the line in North Canaan, CT, where I live. And that town, unlike most of the others within a 25 mile radius, has more Republicans than Democrats (outnumbered by independants, natch). Plus endless supplies, it seems, of low cost bank run gravel!
There used to be a restaurant over near Egremont? (Stagecoach maybe) that served steaks on a carving board with a ring of mashed potatoes....been 40 years but never forgot the sight. Don't remember if the steak was good....... maybe my age.
I grew up in Northampton. ...haven't been back to MA in about 20 years. ...Went to college in Worcester. ...Never been to SW Ma. ...used to drive up to Mt. Greylock in N. Adams for a scenic day out. ...sometimes would just go tromping through the woods across the street, till once I ran into a black bear. ...fortunately I'm still here to never do that again. ...used to occasionally see salamanders in those woods, little day-glow orange ones. ...not the same here in central Florida. ...too hot in summer to do anything but stay in and tromp around the internet or catch up on my reading.
Glad to see there are still some conservatives left in Western MA. Nice website.
That same property would go for a 100-150 thousand where I live - Steuben Co., NY. They didn't say what the taxes were, but here they would be around $ 3000. per yr.
The countryside is simular. Horse farms, dairy farms, logging and a few small cities like Corning NY- pop. around 20,000. We usually have the biggest deer harvest in NY state and black bear is hunted in certain area of the state. The biggest black bear on record for NY was taken just north of Bath NY. The county is soldly conservative Republican. Around Corning it's starting to change to lib Dem largely because corning Glass Works hires from out of the area and them nubies are sophistocated and educated. All in all a great place to live and quite reasonable.