Boyds | MD
Imagine building your dream home on a private oasis surrounded by protected parkland —only a 10-minute drive to shopping, dining and I-270 and a half-hour to the Nation’s capitol!
You can have that, and so much more with this spectacular 77-acre property tucked away in Boyds, Maryland, a rural community 27 miles north of Washington D.C. The farm property features sprawling meadow and farmland and miles and miles of hiking and horse trails, as well as fertile land for livestock and vegetation that can be subdivided for many other uses, such as equestrian, hunting, even beer farms, wine vineyards, etc…
A flowing spring runs through the property. Within roughly 50 yards of the property, a portion of Little Seneca Creek — controlled by Montgomery County — has a cold water stream that supports wild rainbow and brown trout populations. This stream, according to one of the owners, is regularly stocked and is great for trout fishing. “The family goes downhill from the house and spends the day fishing in the creek for trout,” says the owner.
Towering native trees including white oak and tulip poplars grace the property, which also features a 25’x25′ pole barn, a silo, an all-purpose shed and a 2,304-square-foot, brick home with an attached two-car garage.
The 1981 two-level, single-family house also features four bedrooms, two full baths, two half-baths, two fireplaces and a 5-year-old heat pump. The basement has a 7-foot ceiling, and the garage offers 700 square feet. A 300-foot well provides water, and the septic tank is updated.
Set about a mile from the Germantown Soccerplex and a short drive to dining, entertainment and surrounding parks including the Black Hills Regional Park and Seneca Creek State Park, the property is bordered by Schaeffer and White Ground roads, and protective parkland that’s part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve.
And with over 50 glorious acres of meadowland and endless miles of public & private horse trails, the property is ideal for farmers, equestrians and hunters alike. The property has had quality deer management (QDM) over the last 16 years that the sellers have owned it. According to the Quality Deer Management Association, QDM is a management philosophy/practice that unites landowners, hunters, and managers in a common goal of producing biologically and socially balanced deer herds within existing environmental, social and legal constraints.
For hunters of foxes, turkeys, deer, elk, etc…, the Potomac Hunt Club is nearby, and in the words of the current owners: The area is “one of the best for turkey hunting in Montgomery County!”
The Montgomery County Model Airpark on Schaeffer Road and the Schaeffer Farms Mountain Bike Park are also nearby, as are a host of other recreational and entertainment venues.
The unincorporated setting may be rural, but is less than 10 minutes to civilization, and the natural resources on this extraordinary property are vast. Aside from the fertile land for farming and vegetation, the mostly leveled land can be subdivided for various purposes. The possibilities of uses are endless! For example, the next owner can grow and harvest a percentage of the land, and rent out to other farmers who may need the land. And land on this property, say the owners, is “very productive with well-drained soil” on which they have raised cattle as well as grown corn, soybean, and hay & orchard grass for bales that can be sold.
“It has been a sanctuary and place of peace and relaxation in a fast-paced world we are surrounded by,” the owners say of the property. “It’s a place to get away with the convenience of city and towns 10 minutes down the road.”
For example, on weekends when the weather is nice, the family would “camp in the woods. It’s nice to have the convenience of being on your own property. At night, it’s hard to tell that you’re so close to the city. It has the same feeling as camping in the mountains far from civilization,” the owners say. And on summer evenings, the entire field is covered in lightning bugs. “It looks like a concert light show!” they say.
Simply put: This amazing property, or personal retreat, offers endless possibilities. Create your private oasis!
Boyds, Maryland is an unincorporated community in rural Montgomery County, Maryland, located about 20 miles north of Washington, D.C. According to the United States 2010 Census, the ZIP Code Tabulation Area for Boyds covers an area of about 26 square miles and has a population of 10,460. Black Hill Regional Park, Little Seneca Lake, and Seneca Creek State Park are located in Boyds.
The community was named for Colonel James Alexander Boyd (1823–1896), a Scottish immigrant who was a construction engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Boyd built a temporary village to house construction workers as the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad built the Metropolitan Branch line after the American Civil War. The railroad line began service in 1873. After the railroad station opened, a mill, stores, and other businesses were established in the area. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad opened a brick railroad station in 1887. The railroad station was demolished to make way for installation of a second track in 1927. A wooden station was built as a replacement, but it was later taken down. Commuter Rail service (primarily to Washington, D.C.) is still provided at Boyds by the MARC system. James Boyd established dairy farms in the area and lived in the town until his death in 1896.