BAY VIEW FARM ON 28 ACRES IN ASHLAND, WI
Do you love historic properties? Do you love country life?
Established in 1913, Bay View Farm has remained in the same family all these years. It is charming, historic and rural enough to be called country.
Back in 1913 much of this section of northern Wisconsin was cut over by loggers, and, the farm that sits on a bit of a rise enjoyed views that stretched all the way to Chequamegan Bay on Lake Superior! So – the family named the farm Bay View.
Of course, now, 102 years later, the trees have grown up again blocking the northern view to Lake Superior. But – the view to the south, off the back deck and across the hay field, shows off a beautiful panorama of the Penokee Mountains.
The white, 4 bedroom farmhouse stands proudly and is adorned with a welcoming front porch and black-shuttered windows. Classic lightning rods spear up from the roof gables. The front yard is planted with a small, thriving apple orchard. A roadside barn is painted with the Bay View Farm name. Other outbuildings include a silo and two garages, one with a workshop. All of the outbuildings are in good to excellent condition.
The home interior is a lovely step back in time. The maple floors, tin ceilings, oak panel doors and oak trim are original to the house. There is a formal dining room and an eat-in kitchen with a large pantry. With one bedroom on the main floor, the other three bedrooms are on the 2nd level. The stairs to the upper level are beauties – thick oak slab steps that emerge at the 2nd floor landing. The stairway can be shut off by the landing floor door above and the stairway door on the main level.
I grew up in a house that was a originally a stagecoach stop, and the house had this same kind of stair system. This was a way to block drafts in old houses – double doors made to insulate between floors.
Other home features include all new electric and plumbing, a newer forced air LP furnace, a paved driveway and new garage and barn siding.
This home is a great opportunity for a family who wants a hobby farm. There is plenty of farmland for raising organic vegetables and crops. The small roadside barn lends itself for selling produce – or homespun crafts and collected treasures.
Directions: Hwy 112 south from Ashland about 4 miles to 118. 118 west 2 miles to property on left.