Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Lovers of the rural lifestyle often daydream of kicking back in their own log cabin, surrounded by wood in-

doors and out and acres of land maintained in a natural state.

Now a property has come on the market that can fulfill this dream and function as a weekend and vacation home or as a permanent family home.

Located five miles from the center of Front Royal and 15 minutes from Interstate 66, the custom log home at 354 Sassy Lane is now on the market for $790,000. Built in 2000, this unique residence rests on 24 acres, which include freshwater springs, woods and wildlife. Fenced areas of the yard provide a haven for the family animals.

Front Royal, about 70 miles west of Washington, is best known as the gateway to Skyline Drive, where tourists flock to view the spectacle of the changing leaves in the autumn and the miles of forest all year long.

Main Street in Front Royal features historical buildings and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants, but the area is best known for its outdoor attractions. The town provides a stopping-off point for hikers and kayakers to gather supplies for day trips or longer forays into the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Caverns, along the Shenandoah River or into the George Washington National Forest.

The Sassy Lane home has about 2,750 finished square feet, plus front and back porches for added living space in pleasant weather. The front porch overlooks a gentle stream, while the back porch overlooks a spacious patio and landscaped back yard.

A freshly graveled driveway leads from the road to the house and a large detached two-car garage, and landscaped areas have been added at the entrance to the driveway and surrounding the home.

This property includes three surveyed lots, which allows for future subdividing, if desired.

The acreage is gently sloping and located on a private dead-end road.

Inside, the home has an open floor plan for comfortable family living and easy entertaining.

The main level features a stone gas fireplace in the combined dining and living room, which has beamed ceilings and a loft above overlooking the fireplace.

Throughout the home are oak wood floors, large dormer windows, vaulted windows and large windows, plus three skylights, which can be opened.

The open kitchen includes granite counters and a gas range, and nearby is a convenient main-level laundry room. This level also includes a powder room for guests.

The main-level master bedroom suite includes a bath with a two-person whirlpool tub, a separate shower, granite counters and custom oak cabinets.

On the upper level, in addition to the loft, are two more bedrooms and a second full bath.

The finished lower level, a walk-out basement, includes a wood-burning stove, a spacious family room and a full bath.

Additional storage space is also available on this level.

For information or an appointment to visit this property, call Realtor Teresa Henry with Avery Hess Realtors in Front Royal at 540/631-9009, ext. 112 or visit

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