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372 Old Murphy Road

Zebulon, NC 27597
MLS #2388727
Timing of entrance to the market is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

This property is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It sits on a beautiful unrestrictive parcel of app 11.86 acres with no HOA which is half cleared and half wooded. The property has a private vineyard, beautiful well established garden, chicken coop, playground, custom built Pizza oven, stunning water view and much more. The interior of the house is a must see, 5 bedrooms, open floor concept, stunning wood burning fire insert, large kitchen, finished basement with a small kitchen and a full bath and bedroom, screened in large back porch, upstairs laundry chute, two car covered carport.

This home promotes an active enjoyment in a more simple way of life. Every choice in the development of this property was highly intentional to maintain the consistent aim which is to create beauty, utility and productivity long term for a family that appreciates such living and self sufficiency. This was built to be a "forever home" and the detail, effort and thought that has been invested in this home shows it.


The home is in the greater Raleigh area, to the east making it easily commutable to downtown for virtually any shopping or work. The nearest communities include Flowers Plantation which is a high-end newly expanding area with all the amenities including 2 brand new grocery stores, restaurants, gas station, etc. This property is also about the same distance to the quaint town of Wendell which has a great small town feel. The closest shopping area is currently Dollar General which is a 5 minute drive. The home is located at the end of a neighborhood which is off of highway 96 which connects Smithfield and Zebulon. At the end of the neighborhood there is an 1,100 foot long gravel drive and its entrance is surrounded by trees making it impossible to see the house from the road for great privacy. Altogether this location has the feel of being in a remote setting but within reach of anything you need.


The Front Yard:

Pulling up to the home there is a circular parking area for guests which hosts a rustic retaining wall and a Lacebark elm in its centerpiece and is surrounded by double knockout rose bushes. From the circle is a long sidewalk along a double row of more roses with Firework Red Craple Myrtle trees. Before entering the courtyard, there is a gravel path (with pavers) to the basement entry around the back of the house. To the right of the sidewalk is a 40' flagpole made from a cedar tree from the property. Entering the courtyard you see a half circle seating area which overlooks numerous rose bushes, Italian Cypress trees and other flowers. In the center of the courtyard grows a Chinese Fringe Tree. The courtyard joins the sidewalk, entrance to the front door, as well as a passage to the carport. The carport is surrounded by lattice covered with Carolina Jasmine. From the carport the driveway is lined by two rows of Lombardy Poplars and connects back to the front circle. The front yard lawn is nearly all Zoysia grass and has four Sycamore trees to give shade to the home in the afternoon as does yet another row of Lombardy Poplars. In the fall the Honey Locust tree and Red Maple provide beautiful foliage to enjoy. Surrounding the circle are 3 Italian Pine Nut trees and a Crape Myrtle.

The Backyard:

This area is fairly open but adjoins a stand of Yellow Pines which are perfect for collecting pine straw for all the flower beds. These pines also make ideal building lumber, from which both the 8'x32' woodshed and 12'x36' shed were built. The woodshed is nearly fully stocked with around 6 cords of hardwood which will be fully seasoned and ready to be burned for winter '21-'22. There is also a 32'x'32 playground in the backyard with a 13' tall 12" thick swing set made from cedars cut on the property. The seesaw and bench are also made from cedar cut on the property. In the western corner of the playground, behind the bench is a Zelkova tree which is beautiful in fall.

The Western Yard:

The is simply a field about an acre in size which would make for a great place for a second home or horse barn and pasture.

The Easern Yard (diagram attached):

This is where all the produce is sourced. Closest to the house is a 32'x60' garden whose soil has been mended with countless loads of cow manure, compost, heaps of ash etc. It is a highly productive patch of ground that is in use year round. Beside the garden is the chicken coop which is partially made of cedar from the property. The chicken area is designed with 3 main enclosures. The first is the most secure meant to keep out any predator with a buried fence and fencing on top. Then there are two separate fenced runs which are used to alternate for growing grass as the chickens eat down the alternative pasture. The coop currently houses 8 chickens but could easily house more.

Near the garden is a well which provides all the water for the home and is strategically positioned to easily water the garden when needed. The well is 205' deep and produces 25 gallons per minute of good drinking water.

Behind the garden are 9 rows of grapevines. The grapevines are a mix of eating/table grapes, jelly and wine, but the vast majority are for making wine. The owner has spent 12 years experimenting with numerous vine viritals seeking ones that would produce dry, Italian style red wine yet that can endure the humidity of the East Coast. This vineyard has all the varieties which have proven to successfully meet that criteria. The vineyard will easily produce 20+ gallons of wine annually and increasing.

Behind the vineyard is a corridor of berry bushes in raised beds. There are raspberries, elderberries and blackberries. In the center of the berry row is a circular planter made from field stones from the property which has 3 Italian Cypress trees.

Behind the berry row is the orchard which is framed on either side by hedges of blueberries (in varying stages of maturity) and Italian Cypress equally distributed in the hedge. The fruit trees were very carefully selected to be highly productive in this environment. Trees include: Pear, Asian Pear, Peach, Apricot, Almond, Plum, Apple, Fig, Chinese Chestnut, Nectarine, and Pomegranate. The trees are in varying stages of maturity, some producing already and the others a year two away.

Behind the orchard is the shed. This pole-barn style shed is made from Yellow Pine cut from the property with the poles made of cedar. The footprint is 12'x36' with an enclosed area of 12'x12' and two overhanging areas each 12'x12'. The shed is perfect for housing a tractor, truck, lawn mower and all garden tools.

To the east of the vineyard, berries, and orchard is another small field (<1 acre) with a patch of woods which would be another great home building site or terrific spot for a goat pasture.

The Southern Yard:

Walking south from the house is a ~20'x30' pergola covered with Crossvine red flowering vines. The pergola is perched on a slope of the hill leveled with a rustic retaining wall and framed with a row of Italian Cypress on the western side to one day shade the area. The pergola has 3 young Olive trees and has a couple picnic tables which overlooks a ~2 acre pond (on adjoining property). The crown jewel of the area is the pizza oven, it's foundation was built from field stones collected on the property. The structure was made to house firewood on one side with a counter space area to make the pizzas. On the opposite end is a charcoal grill. The oven itself was made from top refractory materials including full size firebricks. The oven can easily be heated to 800+ degrees for optimal pizza then once cooled slightly is great for bread baking. The outer shell of the oven is likewise made from field stones from the property.

Between the pergola and the house there is a nice flat area used to play football, soccer, badmitten, horseshoes, etc which goes very well with a pizza party.

The Whole property:

Roughly half of the property is wooded and half cleared. It is very common to see a herd of deer walk through the yard, rabbits are everywhere, Turkey are also frequently spotted. Zoysia grass plugs have been spread throughout nearly the whole yard area and within a few years will create a beautiful lawn.

THE HOUSE (diagram attached):

The Foundation:

This house was built on half slab and half basement. The intention there was to maintain the flow from inside to outside being on a slab for the gathering areas (foyer, mudroom, kitchen, living room) along with a basement for a number of uses. The entire foundation is a monolithic poured with ICF stem walls for both sections. The basement lends itself to a few uses: 1) a simple mother-in-law suite as it has its own awning covered entry, full kitchen (fridge, sink, dishwasher, LP range/oven, and microwave). It is heated and cooled by a 2-head American Standard mini-split system, has a full bathroom, small utility area with a washer and dryer, small dining area, living room, pantry, small storage area, bedroom and closet. 2) Perfect for overnight guests given the amenities. 3) Also can be used for a safe area in times of hurricanes or power outages. The basement panel is wired to run the essentials such as well and electric on a generator which has an external jack ready to plug into when needed. 4) This area also services as a great place to store all the produce from the garden generated throughout the year with room for a freezer and wine storage, etc

The Main Floor:

Coming from the front courtyard is the main entrance with a massive 3.5'x8' door leading you into the foyer. Going to the right brings you into the kitchen which is the heart of the home and was given extra space and thought to accommodate its consistent use. With the nonstop inflow of fresh produce the island was designed to be ready for processing and chopping hence is a butcher block top. The remaining counters are granite and are accompanied by a stone backsplash. The LP cooktop and double oven make for precise cooking results. The massive stainless farm sink is one of the prized features of the kitchen. There is also a built-in water filter with a dual water filtration under the sink. The windows are strategically placed to give visibility to everything that is around: one overlooking the playground, one to see the chicken coop and a row of windows to let in the view of the pond, vineyard, garden and orchard. The dining space allows for very large crowds to comfortably gather in front of the highly energy efficient wood burning fireplace. This fireplace is enveloped by floor to ceiling rock. It is so productive in its heat it can easily serve as the home's main source of heat if kept burning throughout the season.

Between the kitchen and living room is access to the large screened in porch which overlooks the garden and is perfect for relaxing in the rocking chains under the double ceiling fans.

The living room was designed to be cozy, somewhere to unwind, slightly removed from the action of the center of the house hence is designed to be an enclosed room vs a corridor to other parts of the home. The room is wired with 5.1 stereo wiring to a small closet which houses a place to put the amplifier for the living room speakers, subwoofer and DVD player. Also in this small closet is the whole-house audio system amp which powers the built-in speakers to the carport, screened-in porch, kitchen, downstairs hall and upstairs hall. Around the corner from the living room is the family entrance from the carport to the mudroom with hooks and shelving.

Going to the left from the foyer takes you up a few stairs to a central area branching off to a number of areas. First is the master wing which has windows on either side of the room to see the courtyard on the east and the pines to the west. The humble room has a pre-wired setup for a wall mounted TV with an in-wall housement of a DVD player. The master bathroom has a double vanity with granite vanity top, standing shower with glass door, toilet room and is attached to a walk-in closet.

To the left of the master are the stairs, one leading down to the basement (with a crawl space storage area between floors) and the other, leading to the upstairs. Beside the staircase is an office which could double as a bedroom. It has a small closet and a built-in bookshelf. The office has an adjoining full bathroom which has a glass shower door and granite vanity top. Beside the bathroom is an oversized laundry room which has a utility sink and space for an extra freezer. There are cabinets above the washer and dryer and a small closet for extra storage. Additionally, there is a large slider window which was designed to be where one could affix a clothes line for outdoor air drying laundry.

The Upstairs:

Going up to the second floor is a small mid-way landing with two windows overlooking the pines. As you reach the top, there is another corridor which has two linen closets and leads to 3 bedrooms, 2 of which have double closets. The upstairs bath was designed for simultaneous use with a separate room for the toilet, shower and sinks. The shower area has a laundry chute to the laundry room below. The double vanity top is made of granite.

Other Info:

-The septic system was pumped this in February 2021

-The main floor and second floor were freshly painted in 2021

-All gutter downspouts are piped away from the house: for the front yard downspouts are all connected together and run to the front ditch. For the backyard downspouts the runoff is piped into individual french drains.

-AC condensation also run away from the foundation to small french drains.

-The lighting and fan fixtures on the main floor are top quality

-All windows are are tilt-out for easy cleaning

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Last Updated: 2021-06-12 23:38:24
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