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Beyond the stone gates of North River Farm’s landscaped community entrance, a private drive leads to a riverside retreat, a custom home situated on over 14 acres overlooking the Oostanaula River.

The 9,000-square-foot house includes two riverfront terraces and a variety of other stunning features.

“Most properties have either a river view or a mountain view,” real estate agent Rozanne Collins says. “This one sits up on a hill and it has both.”

The stone and brick house sits with its back to the river, surrounded by trees and offering gorgeous views at first sight. A stone pathway leads to the front doors, where windows display a view of the house’s interior. From the front entrance, a two-story entryway opens to the coffered-ceiling great room, where floor-to-ceiling windows on the back wall showcase the beauty of the river beyond and let natural light illuminate the room. A fireplace makes this room a perfect place to gather with family and friends.

The common spaces of the main floor include a study or library area and a large laundry room with custom cabinetry. All of the rooms in the common spaces have refinished hardwood floors and freshly painted walls. For dinner parties or other indoor entertaining, the main floor also includes a formal dining room and wet bar.

The master suite is on the main level of the house and features a sitting room and study area with screened-in access to a portion of the main-level terrace. The carpeted suite includes custom double closets with wooden doors and shelving, as well as a master bathroom with heated tile floors, two vanities with mirrors, granite countertops and wooden cabinets, a shower and wood and granite-trimmed bathtub. Another bedroom on the main floor also has a full private bathroom, and three bedroom suites upstairs also include private bathrooms.

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Also on the main floor is a gourmet kitchen with hardwood floors. It features custom floor-to-ceiling cabinets, granite countertops, a tile backsplash, recessed lighting and pendant light fixtures over the island. Appliances include an oven and a gas range. The granite-topped island includes a sink and plenty of prep space for cooking or entertaining. A bright, open space, the kitchen opens onto the keeping room, which offers a stone fireplace and French doors to access the main-level terrace. The stone-floored terrace stretches the length of the house and looks out over the Oostanaula, providing an excellent space for outdoor entertaining with incredible scenic views.

Two staircases on the main level provide access to the upper level and the lower terrace level. At about 4,000 square feet, the lower level offers even more amenities to make this a wonderful home for family and entertaining. It features another full bathroom and kitchen, as well as a media room, a bonus room, and abundant storage.

Like the upper-level kitchen, the downstairs kitchen also includes custom cabinets, granite countertops, recessed and pendant light fixtures and a tile backsplash. The windows on the lower level allow in an abundance of natural light and highlight the view of the river. The lower level accesses a stone-columned terrace that looks out over the Oostanaula. Both terraces offer ample space for outdoor entertaining and enjoying the surrounding natural beauty.

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“There are great views and sunsets over the river,” Collins says. “The riverfront location is one of the best features.”

North River Farm, a premiere mini-farm community not far from Downtown Rome, offers residents incredible access to the surrounding natural resources, as well as all the benefits of life in an exclusive residential setting. Designed for the conservation and enjoyment of the scenic natural area, North River Farm properties are perfect for residents looking to surround themselves with nature’s beauty.

Besides the riverfront view afforded by the home itself, residents can enjoy 75 acres of common area on the river, perfect for a variety of recreational activities. A nature trail along the river is the ideal setting for hiking, biking or horseback riding, while a spring-fed lake offers the opportunity for activities such as fishing and boating.

The North River Farm Homeowners Association also oversees a lakeside pavilion for large functions or smaller gatherings, complete with a fireplace and other entertainment amenities.

For more information about this property, please contact Hardy Realty at: 706-291-4321 or http://www.hardyrealty.com/

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