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Located in south Barbour County, AL, the Norton Homestead is a very special offering.  The tract is an outstanding recreational property and timber investment with a nice mix of hardwoods and professionally managed pine plantations.  The farmhouse is in outstanding condition and has over 1,400 square feet of meticulously-maintained living space.  With modern appliances and a host of upgrades, it is move-in ready and is being offered with all the furnishings, some beautiful antiques included.  The land has been in the same family for over 150 years and has been home to several generations.  This property would be an ideal candidate for someone looking for a country retreat, hunting preserve, or a permanent home. 

The Norton Homestead features a diverse mix of planted pines and hardwoods that provide excellent habitat for deer and turkey.  There are 156 acres of merchantable loblolly pines, ranging from 21 to over 35 years old.  There are also 17 acres of Longleaf pines that were planted in 2006.  The balance of the acreage is in mixed hardwoods and some pines.  The varying ages of the timber stands provide many options for a staggered harvest ensuring an income stream in the future.  Prescribed burns have been used for many years as a management tool for the timber as well as to improve the wildlife habitat.  This place sets up perfectly to release some quail and work your bird dogs!  There are two flowing creeks that cross the property creating nice hardwood bottoms and providing plenty of water for the wildlife.  A good internal trail system provides easy access throughout the tract.  The deer stands are already in place for you. 

This is a true, turnkey opportunity!  The home is in excellent condition.  In the design style of the times, the farmhouse has two bedrooms, one full bathroom, a kitchen, dining area and comfortable living room that is complete with a vintage, cast iron wood-burning heater.  The home has a nice balance of modern flooring, appliances and heating/air conditioning.  Both the front and back porches have been enclosed to provide additional space and a large deck was added on the back.    There are three outbuildings, one of which was originally used as a general store, so there is plenty of storage room.  In addition, the offering includes a GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck, a golf cart, riding mower and many other tools and assorted equipment.

A long, winding entrance road takes you to a fenced back yard area that features some mature pecan, pine and oak trees.  Manicured shrubs surround the house and back porch.  The truck and golf cart are stored under a carport behind the house.  With over 1,900 feet of paved road frontage on Hwy 10, it is located in a largely agricultural area between the small towns of Clio and Blue Springs.  It has a recent survey and all utilities are on! 

As a bonus for fishermen, Lake Eufaula is just 30 miles to the East.   The 45,000-acre public lake is widely known as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World” and is host to many fishing tournaments every year.  If you prefer some salt water, the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches of Florida are less than 120 miles to the south.  

Most folks know that Barbour County has an outstanding reputation for first-class deer and turkey hunting and the Norton Homestead is no exception.  If you have been searching for a special place, this is it!


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