Buying Into the Equestrian Lifestyle

Owning an equestrian estate is a dream for any passionate horse enthusiast but investing in such a property is much more than just a purchase, it’s a way of life. And while the love for the animal drives the lifestyle, maintaining an equestrian property, even a small one, requires a lot of research and even more know-how. 

Whether you’re a seasoned stableman or a casual rider, the convenience and luxury of having your horse on your doorstep has endless appeal. However, horse properties are more than a house with an adjoining field – from land size to stable size, there are many things to consider before buying one of these properties.

What to Look for in an Equestrian Home

As with any luxury real estate purchase, finding the perfect equestrian property requires a lot of research. When searching for the perfect equestrian estate, horse owners should always begin with location. Many of these properties are located in areas known as “horse country,” exclusive areas where dozens of facilities have been constructed specifically to raise and train horses of all types. Ideally, there should be equine dentists, veterinarians, tack and feed supply stores, and riding trails nearby.

Equally important as location is ensuring the property has ample space and the existing structures in place needed for your horses to thrive. A well-built and properly insulated barn along with a tack room and sufficient storage space are all essential features to look out for.

Situated on over 400 acres of breathtaking land in the rolling foothills of North Georgia, this fully-renovated, historic farmhouse built in 1895 has all of this and more. Complete with an 8-stall barn with over 2000 square feet of living space above it, this luxurious horse ranch has been meticulously planned out with great attention to detail. Not only does the barn itself have everything necessary to properly house horses, but it even has a kitchen, an elegant living area, and has a loft area that can sleep 20+ people.

812 Tolemac Lane, Jasper, GA 30143

However, in rare circumstances, you don’t always have to compromise city living for the equine lifestyle. Whether your job, friends, or family keep you close to the city, it can become time consuming and cumbersome to commute to the exurbs for quality time with your horses.

An extraordinary opportunity exists with this 7.5-acre ITP estate that enjoys a city-centric location, but also has a 3-stall barn and pasture for an urban equestrian lifestyle. Originally built in 1936, this home has been immaculately maintained to include modern features without losing the historic charm. Constructed with solid granite walls and 9-foot ceilings, this three story Sandy Springs Equestrian Estate is a once-in-a-lifetime find.

4867 Northland Drive, Atlanta, GA 30342

Home Design Elements

Beyond barns, location, and necessary acreage, what any luxury homebuyer is ultimately looking for is a home that is as equally luxurious as the property they’re purchasing. This luxury lakefront estate nestled in the North Georgia mountains between Blairsville and Blue Ridge is a perfect example. While the 65-acre property boasts a five-stall barn, a massive riding arena, sprawling fenced-in pastures, and even a boat dock on the lake, the “mane” attraction is the home itself. The 6-bedroom, French Country mansion features an elegant spiral staircase, a banquet dining room, an elevator, and a massive great room fit for entertaining large events.

335 Bella Lago Cove, Blairsville, GA 30512

A Smart Investment

Despite challenges caused by the pandemic, the equestrian industry has witnessed significant growth in recent years. In a market with demand continuing to greatly outweigh supply, equestrian properties are becoming increasingly scarce. With land prices skyrocketing and housing supply low, many developers have chosen to divide up some of these properties, turning the once expansive pastures into suburban communities. Examples of this can be seen in our own backyard in areas like Alpharetta, GA, which was once a burgeoning equine community until Atlanta’s sprawl reached the town nearly 25 miles away.

As equestrian properties fall into such a niche market, these homes remain in high demand, making them a smart investment for anyone looking to diversify their real estate portfolio. For those seeking privacy and vast properties with plenty of room for expansion, remarkable estates like this Blue Ridge farmhouseprovide exactly that. Offering stunning year-round views of the Cohutta Mountains and 35+ acres of rolling green pastures, this incredible home is the perfect investment for anyone searching for a beautiful country home to add to their landholdings.

4238 Mobile Road, McCaysville, GA 30555

Finding a property with equestrian infrastructure is no small feat; it often requires searching through hundreds of listings and driving miles upon miles along rural back roads. A knowledgeable real estate professional who understands the needs of today’s modern horse enthusiast is invaluable in helping buyers find the perfect home. Whether you’re looking for a sprawling ranch estate in the country or an urban oasis in the city, contact a Harry Norman REALTOR® today to help you get your equine adventures out of the starting gate.

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