The Value of Conservation – Properties That Generate Returns

For 50 years, LandVest has brought great properties to the global market. Every LandVest property is special; in this blog we’ve identified properties which have outstanding conservation value. The LandVest team would be happy to share with you the financial and ecological opportunities of each of these properties which could be realized through their conservation. And you get to enjoy a really beautiful place, from Georgia to Vermont!

Cabin Bluff, Coastal Georgia
outstanding conservation value: cabin bluff

Recognized as America’s oldest hunt club, Cabin Bluff is situated on the Georgia intracoastal waterway across from Cumberland Island. At over 10,000 acres with miles of coastline, Cabin Bluff remains one of the largest undeveloped properties on the coast. The fact that it remains intact is testimony to a legacy of owners committed to conserving and managing this land. However, the property is entitled to extensive residential and commercial development. In the face of increasing development pressure, Cabin Bluff stands as one of the single most important, and valuable, conservation opportunities in the Southern U.S.

Broker: Jonathan Burt

Vineland on the Chesapeake, Eastern Shore, VA
outstanding conservation value: vineland on the chesapeake

As one of a few remaining unencumbered saltwater farms on the shore, Vineland presents a unique opportunity to monetize the conservation value through the donation of a conservation easement. This seaside residential estate offers five bedrooms, four and half baths on the Chesapeake Bay, and is currently entitled to a subdivision of an additional 24 development lots which enhances the conservation potential. For an owner looking to maintain the property as a recreational saltwater farm, a conservation donation could significantly reduce their basis through a combination of federal tax deductions and state tax credits.

Brokers : Jonathan Burt, Greta Gustafson

Chester Forest and Farm, Chester, VT
outstanding conservation value: VT0764-4

Chester Forest and Farm, with 1,881± acres, has been assembled over 40 years and carefully managed as a family retreat providing complete privacy and excellent views. The property includes a c1819 6-bedroom farmhouse, 2-bedroom guest house, 2 antique post-and-beam barns, and a secluded log cabin retreat. The diverse landscape has 60 acres of meadows suitable for agriculture, a stocked 2-acre pond, orchards, streams, and 3.5 miles of top grade access roads throughout the property. The carefully-managed northern hard wood forest has a timber capital value of $2.67M, potential for $900,000 in carbon offset sales, and maple sugaring income. The property size and location makes it ideal for the sale of conservation easements.

Brokers: Story Jenks, Wade Weathers, Keith Ross

Fogland Farmland, Tiverton, Rhode Island
outstanding conservation value: RI0082_6_CC

Build your dream home and take advantage of the benefits of conserving the remainder of this great river-view agricultural and habitat property. Permanently protect the valuable farmland and/or woodlands that surround a future water-view home site. Fogland Farmland abuts hundreds of acres of existing conservation land. Let us help you realize the benefits of a conservation sale and/or donation of the remaining development rights. Selling a conservation easement on the farmland and/or the woodlands can result in cash and/or a tax deduction to the next owner of this great property.

Brokers: Slater Anderson and Terry Boyle

Greenlaw Farm, Northport, ME
outstanding conservation value: ME1422_1_CC

Close to the coast, the Greenlaw Farm is composed of 546± acres of gently rolling fields and mature forest in three adjacent parcels, with a well-kept historic cape and ell attached to a large barn. Located between the coastal towns of Belfast and Camden and minutes from Lincolnville Center, this conservationists’ dream highlights 85 acres of fields with the balance in unharvested woodland.

Broker: Terry Sortwell

Jericho Brook Farm, Chester, VT

outstanding conservation value: VT0753-26_CC outstanding conservation value: VT0753-25_CC

Jericho Brook Farm, on 199± acres, is one of the last intact farms in the town of Hartford, VT, located just 6 miles from Dartmouth College. Approximately 40 acres is hayed by a local farmer, and the balance is comprised of upland pastures and northern hardwoods with a 3,000-tap sugar bush. There are no deed restrictions on the farm and the land is not currently enrolled in Vermont’s Current Use Program which means it could be developed. As a result, the farm is a highly sought-after target of local conservation groups. Based on these qualities, and a pre-conserved market price of $1,495,000, we anticipate there would be a substantial conservation value if a future owner were to buy and conserve this iconic Vermont landmark.

Broker: Chris Lang

Private Seacoast Estate, Durham, NH
outstanding conservation value: NH0399_5

This stunning shingle-style estate on 17.20 acres has 1,230± feet of frontage on Great Bay for ultimate privacy. The substantial water views are permanently protected by conservation and government ownership. This number of acres on Great Bay, an area heavily conserved, would make this property an ideal candidate for future conservation easements.

Broker: Kristin Claire

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