5560 COUNTY HIGHWAY 181 WEST DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL 32433
3533 acres +/- of timberland, plantation and farmland lying astride the Florida/Alabama state line North of DeFuniak Springs, FL and East of Florala, Al. This property features some of the finest natural Longleaf Pine habitat in private hands, 3 miles of beautiful Natural Bridge Creek, five stocked ponds, 33 miles of roads for outstanding access and management, fully furnished 3,200 sq ft house converted from 19th century train depot, former stables with furnished 960 sq ft loft & large generator for house, barn and well, fully equipped maintenance shop in metal building with tools & equipment, three pole barns (one with office and large walk-in cooler), four farmhouses, RV camp area with water, power and septic and all implements, farm equipment, tractors, heavy equipment, trailers/containers, ATVs & support vehicles needed for turnkey operation, list of equipment, etc available. This property incorporates the historic Natural Bridge Spring, 'sink' and 'rise' geologic formations over which Natural Bridge Road travels. This is an incredible opportunity for recreation, preservation or a business venture. Just the 22 acre parcel the spring is located on was appraised at $520,000 in 2008 when Walton County was attempting to obtain funding to purchase the property for a public park and is now under consideration by Florida Forever for acquisition. What really sets this property apart from other timberland is that most of it has been in the same family since during or shortly after the Second World War. As a result, the vast majority of the timberland has never suffered 'conventional forestry' practices where clear-cuts, shearing, raking, mass application of herbicides and planting of non-native or non-site appropriate species, etc. completely erase the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem. This is not the biological desert of endless tidy rows of planted Slash/Loblolly that industrial forestry has wrought, instead there is the rich diversity of species that is so difficult and time consuming to restore once it is lost. Since the 1980's management has focused on selective thinning and prescribed fire resulting in some of the best uneven aged, natural regeneration Longleaf Pine ecosystem to be found anywhere. In site appropriate areas such as wetter soils Slash Pine is predominant. There is only one small Loblolly Pine plantation, a later addition to the property by acquiring an adjoining property that had been enrolled in the CRP previously, and a few stands of planted Slash Pine. Several Longleaf plantations are present as farm fields, pastures and acquired adjacent parcels are being restored to their natural state. Timber cruise just completed, volume information available upon request. Acreage and mapping is approximate, using Google Earth Pro, and is to be verified by buyer at buyer's expense. One of sellers is a Florida Real Estate Broker. Because of the size of the property, number and type of buildings, machinery, vehicles and personal property included in the sale, this is an AS IS transaction with buyer responsible for verifying and inspecting all aspects and conditions of real and personal property relevant to them. Owners will consider dividing property into substantial parcels bounded by roads, state line or other practical definitions. Listing Broker/Salesperson has ownership interest in the property.
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