Losing a Farm

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4 years ago the folks at Iron Moon Farm in Newbury had the opportunity to supplement the income from their struggling farm by leasing a nearly invisible location to a cell tower operator.   The zoning did not apply and so they had to seek a variance from the Town to allow it.

The public was outraged by the intrusion of a cell phone tower in this location.   Not that people in Newbury don't use cell phones, of course.   I argued at the Zoning Board of Appeals hearing that if folks wanted to keep a working farm alive, they had to help the farm create an additional source of revenue, and this was a no-brainer.   People are very shortsighted at times, however, and turned them down.  This week I put the farm on the market, most likely to be sold to a developer.

Because of the huge horse barn with an indoor equestrian arena on the property, we may get lucky and end up with a limited development and wonderful equestrian property; there is abutting conservation land and trails, well over 100 acres.   But it is such a shame that the NIMBY attitude prevailed, at the expense of the entire community, as well as the expense of the family of the farmer.  

We now have a beautiful 16 acre farm for sale for $1,380,000.   If you are interested or have any ideas, contact me at john.wells@virtualhomes.com.

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John P. Wells resides in Newburyport, MA.  His 16 year career in real estate varies from buyer representation, listing agent, development and planning, and adult community design.  His interests in architecture and construction are invaluable to his clients.  His true interest in helping and guiding others contributes greatly to the enjoyment that his clients experience in the real estate process. 

John has a serious background in marketing and has learned how to use the internet to build his business and sell your home.  Check out his series of websites through HappyInNewburyport.com.    You'll find client reviews, links to his other community websites and everything about living in Newburyport right there!

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Comments (1)

Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Well at least there isnt that cell tower...what a shame. I agree that people are short sighted...

Jul 12, 2010 01:29 AM