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Quiet Home 3-4BR/2BA Nice! Clean! Peaceful
This wonderful, bright cheery home will be shiny clean to welcome you as you move in. To welcome you, the exterior was recently painted a cheery buttercup yellow with moss green gables and doors and white trim. It is a home you will enjoy calling "home." We will try to schedule tours whenever we can match schedules: Day, evening or weekends. Click into the listing for contact information, pictures and details!
We think the rental rate is fair and reasonable; still, we are willing to consider offers.
Our lengthy description should give you a good "feel" for this well-cared for home. The detailed description is definitely appreciated by people at a distance who may have to make a decision without getting to spend much time in the home or even being able to come to Blacksburg to do a tour at all. We tried hard to answer most questions that people ask; so please try to read through the description.We tried to include line breaks for ease of reading, but the website keeps removing them.
This home is very nice, very comfortable, homey, clean and bright. No residual pet smells will bother occupants when heat turned on in winter, since pet allergen free since major renovations.
It is unique, unlike so many places that look just like every other place. Here you will immediately realize that the nooks, crannies, closet, and history make this house special and make it a home, not "just a rental." When gutted recently for total renovation, we insisted the charm and personality be maintained so it feels like a home, not a bunch of square boxy rooms.
There is much included to save you time and money; so please remember to factor these in as you do your price comparisons. We do the mowing, leaf removal and snow plowing of the driveway. It is on County water, but there is no water or sewer bill. The ground floor, especially, stays cool in the summer without the need for AC! The large trees provide plenty of shade.
Insulation in walls between rooms and floors helps to zone the heat and coolness as well as helps keep the house quiet between rooms and floors.
Very efficient use is made of space!
If there is a nook, there is a shelf or closet.
Most shelving is adjustable.
There are lots of flexible closets.
No wasted square footage in hallways.
The house is a lot "bigger" than it appears from outside.
Within the walls is everything from CAT-5 Ethernet/TV/phone cabling to all rooms, to all new
wiring, all new plumbing, all new heating ducts, and lots of insulation and soundproofing (even between rooms and floors)!
It is tough to hear a TV or computer from one room to another. Parents please note that the soundproofing muffles the sounds of a toddler's temper tantrum as well as a teenager's music.
Wired in smoke detectors. Plus a carbon-monoxide alarm. Much outdoor lighting on motion sensors; so it is possible to enjoy the beauty of the stars when no one is walking around outside.
Neighbors are quiet (Sometimes, however, the wild birds in the woods do get pretty rowdy). You can plant stuff in the gardens, but be prepared for the deer to eat it. There is a fenced garden plot, if you want to try your luck.
The house shares a driveway with a 4 unit building where we have very quiet residents who generally reside there for years. The residents of the home (1855) and the small apartment building (1849 Merrimac Rd) all sign rental documents agreeing to the same things which has ensured that the house and apartments are occupied by like-minded people who are respectful of each other. Most of our residents serious students or professionals who prefer a very quiet neighborhood with only rare visitors so they can just sit outside or leave their windows wide open and soak in the sounds of Nature.
If you are looking to live in a convenient, quiet, peaceful neighborhood, surrounded by Nature, then you will likely enjoy living here.
If you are looking for a place to party, please do not consider renting this home. We try to rent only to people with a good record of having taken good care of previous residences and who are respectful of the neighbors.
Beautiful location: Located on 2.5 acres, shared only with a maximum of 8 other residents in a similarly maintained and quiet 4-unit apartment building next door. This year there are only 5 people next door.
You'll be living across the street from the end of Tall Oaks Drive/Stroubles Mill, Hethwood in Blacksburg. There reside Thousands of people whom you can meet around town, on campus, when on walks, running or biking, at the nearby supermarket, but, you, will be one of the lucky ones who has a private quiet home to which to return.
Bike/walking path to Kipps Elementary, Blacksburg Middle School, Blacksburg High School, grocery store, VT, Corporate Research Center, and VCOM. Hospital is just 5-8 minutes down the road. 11 minute drive to CRC/VCOM. 16 minutes to the shopping mall (WalMart, other big box chain stores and restaurants and numerous smaller shops). Grocery store is 5 minutes by car or bicycle.
All this plus beautiful rural Virginia Countryside just outside your back door! Square Miles of woods and fields behind.
Mountain sunsets daily!
People renew year after year at Forests Edge because the properties are well-maintained, very quiet and there is ample parking.
Pictures and maps on our website: Please contact us for the website, since we are not allowed to list it here. (Hint: The house is located at what we call Forests Edge which can be Googled.)
It is faster to get home here than in much of Blacksburg because there's little traffic and no stop signs!
EZ to: Blacksburg, Radford, Christiansburg, The Malls. Corporate Research Center, Hospital, VCOM, etc. Avoid most VT traffic to I-81 and Mall.
Walking/running/bike path across street (Hethwood)...goes right to VT campus. (If you bike quickly only 15-20 minutes door to your door on campus.)
Great off-street parking! Good to know that Snow plowing of parking area is included in rent, even though this is a house!
Para-transit will come to the door.
3-4 blocks to BT bus.
Original real oak floors, real wood paneling, all original solid wood interior doors, nooks and crannies, etc. have been kept.
Plaster walls are beautiful.
The upstairs full-bath was added during renovation.
Downstairs bath was modified to be universally accessible without looking like it is.
Incredible storage and wall heaters in both bathrooms!
Large Ceiling fans (with lights) are in every room.
Double-paned, low-E windows have full screens, not just 1/2 screens; so it's possible to ventilate rooms well even when raining.
3 bedrooms have flexible closets. 4th BR has no closet; yet pocket door makes it a convenient extension of other bedroom on main level. There is plenty of storage in the hall + bath next door to 4th bedroom. 4th bedroom makes a terrific office, playroom, hobby room, or den, especially since it has an additional heater to zone heat that room.The 2 large bedrooms upstairs have great views through over-sized windows. One East, the other West. Great views of the sunrise and sunset over the mountains. Stars at night are magnificent when the motion sensor lights are off. 2" Faux wood blinds are on every window. The blinds really block the light, if you choose to hide from the great view of the morning sunrise.
The comfortably-sized EAT-IN KITCHEN even has a closet under the steps with a light so you can sort through your over-sized pots, bowls, wedding gifts, etc. (or a child could play in this "secret" hide-away). Recent Stove with convection oven with hidden bottom element for ease of cleaning between running the self-cleaning feature, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, ample cabinets and counterspace, windows on two walls facing woods and fields, plus exhaust fan in kitchen.
Lots of built-in and/or flexible shelving/storage throughout the house.
County Water & septic included. Well for watering gardens.
INCLUDED: Mowing and leaf removal is done for you so you can lounge outside and enjoy the peace and quiet rather than pushing the mower. Snow plowing of the driveway is done for you, too; so sled on the hill after shoveling the snow off the level back path. The back path will be ice free if you turn on the heater embedded in the aggregate stone path.
INCLUDED: Use of very convenient (really!) laundry (no coins!) Most people do not think about how much it costs to heat water for laundry and to run a dryer. Likely you will save around $100 per month in laundry costs. Also, the heat and humidity from the dryer as well as the dryer lint will not be in your home! Really nice large-capacity Bosch front-loader washer and a Whirlpool dryer in the very, clean convenient laundry area. The front loader is so efficient, the dryer and washer finish in about the same time. Shelves provided to store your detergent. The laundry center does not use precious square footage in the home. There is even a clothesline outside, and one inside the downstairs bathroom.
This home will be extremely clean on move-in; so please trust the pictures. The home is painted with Benjamin Moore, Glidden, and Zinsser paints. Most of the flooring is original oak flooring with very good quality vinyl flooring in the kitchen, hallways and bathrooms. This use of quality materials makes it easy to keep the home clean.
Pet allergen free since renovation. No uncaged pets permitted. We are strict about this because we like being able to offer pet allergen free housing to those who need this. You likely will appreciate not having residual smell of other people's cats or dogs. Well cared for Exotic pets in cages are generally OK with landlord because we can contain the allergens. No outdoor pets - this helps to keep the area quiet and encourages wildlife. Please, no critter capable of being heard outside even with the windows open, so that neighbors are not disturbed.
No smoking permitted inside since renovation! No smoking please, we renovated this home to make it bright, removing lots of smoke haze from walls and ceilings. New ductwork should have no smoke allergen residue. Someday we may add a porch, but at this time there is no place outside where smokers can stand to smoke outside when it is raining or snowing.
Maximum 4 people since it has a septic system sized for four people. Children (especially infants, toddlers and teenagers) use at least as much water as adults. Septic systems are sized based upon the amount of water usage they can handle. Occasional overnight guests are fine, but the septic system is not designed for the added burden of full time live-in guests or lots of partying!
The ground floor is all but ADA compliant/universally accessible. Recently an 89 year old resident moved comfortably around the first floor all the way out to the car with a walker or a cane. No trip hazards. Year's earlier a young graduate who broke his leg skiing was grateful there were no thresholds on the main level where his bedroom was; the downstairs bathroom was easy with crutches, a walker and wheelchair; and the heater in the level back path kept it ice free so he could benefit from the traction provided by the pretty aggregate concrete path.
BT Paratransit will pick up at the door, if you can not walk the several blocks to the bus stop.
The home was renovated to make it pretty comfortable all summer long, without the huge cost of running AC. The fans and insulation, when used as designed, really do a great job of keeping the cost of keeping the home comfortable all year round. With a little effort (In summer opening windows at night and closing as the sun heats the world in the morning) you can save much money all summer long. The landlord will provide a room AC unit which vents to the outside,
if you decide you need it. This system does not block the view as a window AC would. So far, no one has used AC in this home despite the offer of this AC unit. This is because when sitting still downstairs on hot summer days, residents often find themselves putting on sweaters the house is so cool despite the 90+ degree temperatures outside!
New ducting and oil furnace installed during renovations. Wall heaters in both full baths and the fourth bedroom (office/playroom/den/hobby area) are there so you can turn down the heat elsewhere and still keep these rooms very warm. Insulation between floors and rooms muffles sound as well as contributes to the energy-saving features of this home.
We only have this one house, but we have 8 other similarly located (in quiet areas with lots of parking and nice views), and similarly well maintained, and upgraded condos and apartments. Please ask! Please tell other people. Thank you.
In recent years our residents have all renewed unless they were moving out of town, purchasing a home, or significantly changing their roommate situations.
Thank you for considering renting one of our properties. Please contact us for the website showing the properties we have, some of which may be available soon. It should be easy to figure out by googling our name: Forests Edge.
There are around 30 pictures on our website! They were taken during (now completed) renovations, but should give you an idea. Click into the listing for contact information, pictures and details.
- Breakfast Nook
- Central Heat
- Electric Stove
- First Floor Livable
- Handicap Accessible
- High Speed Internet
- Walk-in Closets
- Bicycle Paths
- Off-Street Parking
- Public Transportation
- EnergyStar Appliances
- Walking Path/Trail
- Lawncare Included
- Sewer Included
- Water Included