Eleven livestock-ready acres surround this four-bedroom, all-brick ranch home, which is available to own for $859,000 and comes with a five-year tax reduction for agricultural usage.

Complete with a recently repaired and repainted chicken pen, a barn with electricity, fenced-in fields graded for maximum water runoff and immediate access to riding trails, this 1978 construction offers animal lovers cozy living that isn't far removed from nearby amenities. Route 7 is a mere three miles away, while Leesburg's and Purcellville's downtown areas are each about 15 minutes by car.

The house's all-too-appropriate horseshoe layout is lined on all sides by windows, offering glimpses of either the surrounding farmland or the heavily shaded center courtyard. Most dazzlingly panoramic, however, are the views from the two added sunrooms at the rear, which lead out to a walled, pergola-covered patio and a fire pit in the backyard. Even visitors not keen on spending time with the critters will find a favorite spot on the property's exterior.

"The big draw is the land. It is a beautiful, beautiful view, gorgeous rolling land, completely fenced," listing agent Kathy Colville told the Times-Mirror. "The atmosphere and the setting is just phenomenal."

Not to say the interior isn't equally pleasing. The main entrance ushers guests into the oversized living room with a beamed, vaulted ceiling, rustic brown tiling and a wood-burning stove that can heat the entire house. Though the dwelling is ostensibly old-fashioned, its striking simplicity of design injects it with a warm modernity.

When guests wander to the adjacent dining room, they'll immediately catch sight of a spacious kitchen topped off with granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Two sleek electric stovetops rest under a white brick arch, and the chef of the house can hang his or her cookware overhead, lending a European feel to the space. In the corner sits a windowed breakfast nook from whence one can access one of the two aforementioned sunrooms.

"It has all the bells and whistles of a colonial, but in a ranch," Colville said of the home. "You definitely haven't seen one like this before."

In the opposite branch of the house are four nicely-sized bedrooms, all floored with tastefully faded hardwood. The master bedroom makes for a particularly pleasing end-of-day resting place with its white-brick highlight wall and access to an updated bathroom, which itself offers a cedar closet, walk-in shower and Jacuzzi tub. Finally, the recently remodeled basement — serviced by a private entrance — includes a quaint mini-bar as well as plenty of space for gaming, exercising or movie-watching.

For more information on this listing, contact Colville at 703-444-1559 or kathy.colville@century21homes.com.

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