A Super Combination of Timber, Water,
Recreation, and Agriculture
Long Pond has long been regarded as one of the most private and pristine recreational properties in North Florida. This was the first time Long Pond had been offered to the public in over 30 years. Enjoyed for decades for its wildlife and beauty, Long Pond is a mix of pastoral fields, centuries-old live oaks, ponds and cypress bottoms, and pines.
– From Jon Kohler:
"Long Pond is unique in that it isn't overly managed for one specific type of use. You aren't subjected to the sins of the past here or buying someone else's dream. A new owner can come in and really make it their own. Bump up the quail management, high fence it for deer, enhance the duck hunting. Or, if it were me, I would further convert for cattle and still have the recreational aspects for the family."
Today, crop land is leased out to a local farmer, and there are about 25 head of cattle. We recently brought Grassfed Beef Expert, Allen Williams, to Long Pond to discuss the capabilities of the property. His recommendations are being assembled now.
Long Pond is located in an A+ neighborhood of other landowners, bordered by the former ag commissioner of Florida Charles Bronson, a doctor with several thousand acres to the west, and a cattleman and former congressman to the east.
The main house is a 5,863 square foot lodge on a hilltop over looking acres and acres of pasture and the property's namesake, Long Pond. With seven bedrooms and eight-and-a-half baths, Long Pond is the likely location of choice for hunting retreats and family gatherings. The second-story porches offer eagle-eye views of the rolling property. The house has a pool and is hooked up to a generator.
The horse barn is architecturally similar to a Dutch barn with attractive sliding barn doors, six stables, hay loft, tack room, and half bath.
Other improvements include the manager's house, a shop barn with overhead hoist system with lift for tractor repair, walk-in freezer, full bath, and manager's office, a tractor barn, eight-run kennel with separate septic.
– From Erica Hanway:
"I first heard about Long Pond when my husband cruised the timber a few years ago and would come home talking about the gorgeous stands of cypress on this very private plantation in Madison. He was right. The property is beautiful and so peaceful, yet you're only four miles to the cute shops and antique stores in historic downtown Madison."