LIVE THE GOOD LIFE!
CAUTION!!!!!!!! Viewing this site may cause an uncontrollable urge to move to the country! We have for sale our beautiful 25 acre homestead. It is nestled into the foothills in the northeastern corner of SD known as the Sisseton Hills. There are 3 acres of pasture land, with the rest being wooded. If you’ve never been lucky enough to visit this area, you’ll be surprised by the lushly treed rolling hills and nearby lakes. The hunting and fishing in this area is unsurpassed!
We bought this property, nearly 40 years ago, for its beautiful, private location. It included a well-built, sturdy farmhouse-it was worth putting the work into its restoration. At that time, we didn’t mind that she didn’t have running water or electricity-we were seduced by her beauty, and we were young and vulnerable. (She now boasts Rural Water and a 200 amp electrical service).
When she was built in the early 1900’s, a sawmill was set up in the wooded backyard. Oak trees were cut to mill all of the studs and sheathing used in her construction. Now you may be skeptical and say that they don’t typically build houses out of oak, and you’d be right. But my husband, who spent his professional years as a Shop Teacher, knows a thing or two about wood-he couldn’t believe it either! We knew we had a house worth rebuilding. When normal people took vacations or went fishing, we labored on our “new” property; our labor of love. We tore out all of the plaster and lath, and shimmed out EVERY stud in order to get additional insulation in the walls before hanging new sheetrock.
The house is approximately 1500 square feet. It is a story and a half cottage-style home with 3 bedrooms and 1 and 3/4 bathrooms. It has air conditioning. It has a walk-out basement where the laundry, 3/4 bathroom and root cellar are located. The main floor has a bathroom with a claw foot tub, and an antique treadle sewing machine that was converted into the vanity. There is a small library, the living room, and a dining room/family room.
There is a large farmhouse-style kitchen. We bought the oak boards from a northern Minnesota sawmill that my husband used to make the custom kitchen cabinets. There is a large pantry unit and plenty of counter space. We use the enclosed front porch all year round-it is a perfect place to watch the sun rise with morning coffee. The upstairs bedrooms have dormered windows and sloping ceilings which lend to the cottage feel. Each room has sizable closets.
The exterior of the house has new maintenance-free siding, a new roof and new Low-E glass windows-we planned on living here forever, so everything was done with quality and longevity in mind. The yard winds its way back into the woods. There are perennial gardens, and an herb garden right out the back porch. There is a deck built of composite material out in the back yard. There is an area for a vegetable garden, and numerous mature apple trees. Prior to Rural Water, we pumped spring well water to water the gardens-that option is still available. There are 2 hydrants on the property, and several seasonal faucets. The house and workshop are heated with wood via an outdoor wood boiler system. The house has back-up electric heat. The stove is housed in its own stone shed. The woods on the property are not only beautiful, they offer an endless supply of firewood-we have cut, split and stacked about a 4 year supply of firewood.
The 32’ X 44’ garage also has new maintenance-free siding and new insulated overhead doors. It houses a 22’ X 20’ insulated and heated workshop and 3 car garage-2 of those spaces can be heated. There is also a 10’ X 20’ Harvest Kitchen. This is the perfect place to clean fish and game. It is also a great place to can and freeze produce, as there is a stove and a freezer in here. There are ample cupboards and counter space, too.
This property also boasts a 30’ X 56’ pole barn with electricity. There are 3 other small outbuildings-all have electricity. One is fully insulated and finished as a studio. All of these buildings have electricity and are sided in steel. Also available for sale would be our riding lawn mower, log splitter and 3320 John Deere tractor with many attachments.
We have loved and cared for this property all these years-we raised our family here! Now we are turning it over to a new caretaker.