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roads, including Millville, Greengarden and Piney Swamp Roads. The property features rolling topography with several ponds and stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The agreement with the Thompsons will also protect the property’s significant resources by maintaining historic landscapes. There are no buildings on the property, and none will be permitted in the future, which will maintain it in its historic condition. Regarding the Civil War context of the property, as explained by Dulany Morison, chairman of MHAA, “this property is an important contributor to the rural landscape of the Northern Piedmont, and is the site of significant cavalry maneuvers in the Battle of Unison (1862) and the Battle of Upperville (1863), in addition to a skirmish between Col. John Mosby and Maj. Henry Cole (1864).”

The Mosby Heritage Area Association's Bondi Family Land Conservation and Battlefield Preservation Fund assisted with the transaction costs of placing this property under conservation easement because it is located within the Unison Battlefield Study Area. Dulany added, “the Bondi Family Fund has proven to be a convincing resource in discussions with landowners considering the feasibility of protecting their property with a conservation easement.”

According to Mark Thompson, “LTV and MHAA were great to work with throughout the process. Removing all possible future divisions of the property simplified the process too.” Thanks to the Thompsons, the conservation values of this property are now permanently protected for future generations to appreciate.

The Land Trust of Virginia is a nonprofit organization that partners with private landowners who voluntarily protect and preserve properties with significant historic, scenic, or ecological value. With the addition of this easement, LTV now holds 194 easements protecting a total of 21,541 acres in 17 counties in Virginia.

MHAA’s mission is to educate and advocate for the preservation of the extraordinary historic landscape and culture of the Mosby Heritage Area for future generations.

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Bust Head Road
Sheridan MacMahon Realtors have this Bust Head Road property of 82.69 acres listed. Mostly wooded, mountain views, bold stream in very protected area. Conservation easement, can not be subdivided in prime Orange County hunt location, halfway between Middleburg and the Plains $1,100,000 contact Paul MacMahon 703.609.1905.

The thought of roaming free on a large patch of land and breathing clean, fresh air has caused many restless apartment-bound urban dwellers to buy a rural property during the pandemic. All of which is unfolding for many in the real estate business in our area.

Realtors across the country have experienced a spike in demand for rural properties over the past few months, as the threat of the virus has pushed city residents to relocate to the quiet countryside, according to an article by Lynne Campbell of Modern Farmer. Lockdowns have left city residents more desperate than ever to get outdoors and reconnect with nature, says Mike Duffy, the president of United Country Real Estate. His Kansas City-based company has seen inquiries for rural properties increase by fivefold during May and June, compared to the same months last year.

“We’re having a hard time keeping up,” he says. “People want acres.”

The company has 500 offices and roughly 4,000 real estate agents who strictly sell property in rural locations throughout the US. Duffy says sales in the company’s larger offices have increased up to 50 percent in recent months. Duffy believes that this trend is also thanks to an increase in people thinking about where their food comes from, and wanting to live off the land. He’s heard many buyers say they want space to garden or start their own farm.

In Vermont and New Hampshire, realtors say the current trend is reminiscent of a rural real estate boom after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Large numbers of New York City residents looking for a quiet piece of land moved upstate or to New England during that time. The only difference realtors have noticed is that the interest now is coming from big cities and suburbs across the country and not just New York City.

“They want safety from unrest, from disease [and] the ability to go somewhere and be isolated. We don’t have a vaccine in our pockets at this point,” says Staige Davis, the CEO of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

Davis says customers seeking property with land have predominantly come from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. In many cases, he says buyers have been so eager to leave urban life behind that they won’t even come look at the property in person before agreeing to buy it.

In upstate New York, realtors say they were initially experiencing a huge demand for renting rural properties. This has changed as it became clear a vaccine may not be found any time soon, pushing more city residents to buy. Teresa Shand, the owner of Colucci Shand Realty in the Hudson Valley says her sales for rural listings have increased by 45 percent since April. “They’re saying ‘take us up north, we’ll go as far as we have to go to find a place,’” she says.

If the pandemic is going to be with us for a while, and it seems like it is, realtors believe this rural real estate boom will continue as more city dwellers flee their apartments for the countryside. And along with those new residents could come a whole new generation of farmers, gardeners and homesteaders.

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