Eco-Friendly Ridgetop Cottage in Crawford County, WI

County: Crawford
14096 Turben Ridge Rd, Soldiers Grove WI 54655

Property Description

Have you been searching for the ultimate recreational retreat in the beautiful hills of Southwest Wisconsin? This majestic 110+/- acres of pure bliss personifies sustainable living in the heart of the Driftless Region. You’re looking at one of the most diversely decorated sanctuaries in the region boasting of a blufftop getaway cottage enamored by miraculous scenic views as well as an eternity of Kickapoo River frontage. This estate is certain to be the definition of the total package for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

You’ll find this robust real estate just minutes southwest of Soldiers Grove. At a sky-high 1,100ft in elevation, lies a charming south facing 1,045sq ft, 2-bedroom and 1-bath cottage built twenty years ago with an environmentally sensitive approach. The unique build features cob construction, which is an ancient building technique that mixes straw, clay and water into packed forms. Traditionally, the exterior would be stucco, but the cottage has fiber cement siding. The interior is finished with natural plaster, which needs to breathe, so it’s not painted. The interior partition walls are standard drywall construction. Much of the dwelling utilized recycled materials including true 2×12 beams that came from a factory in the Fox Cities. There’s even soapstone counter tops and windowsills that came from a lab at the University of Wisconsin!

There’s currently no physical well on-site, but a gravity fed water system is used to supply purified rainwater to the bathroom and kitchen sink. Water is collected from ¼ of the metal roof on the house.  Inside the house are two 375-gallon cistern tanks. A sump pump in the cistern tank is used to fill the 35-gallon “pressure” tank in the upstairs closet. Gravity gives about 10psi which provides adequate flow to two sinks as well as the shower. Water is tested annually and the State Laboratory of Hygiene has certified its potability. Small hot water heaters were added to the system. Water from the cistern is UV sterilized and pumped to the upstairs “pressure” tank. In addition, a 2,500-gallon holding tank was added a couple years ago along with a Nature’s Head composting toilet to meet county sanitation requirements.

Solar panels and an inverter were installed for off-grid power with generator back up. An inverter, batteries and electric panel are hooked up to the grid with a two-way meter that feeds the solar output back into Scenic Rivers Electrical Cooperative.

The cottage does feature some contemporary comforts, which includes a forced-air-furnace, central air, fiber optic internet, (2) LP tanks and of course, electric. A thermostat was also added that can be utilized remotely along with a wood stove in the living room. In addition, you’ll find a 1-bedroom guest studio for overflow as well as a 24×48 pole building for storage. A 100×100 horse paddock with run-in includes a loafing barn for equine or cattle. As you can see, there’s been an immense amount of work, pride and love put forth into this truly one of a kind spread.

You’ll find roughly 13+/- acres of ridgetop agriculture land that’s currently farmed for grass hay, but can be easily converted into a whopping food plot for whitetail and turkey. A slurry of hardwood timber forests stretches over 80+/- acres worth of prime hunting habitat. Ridgetop flats, knobs and breathtaking rock-outcroppings plummet toward a breathtaking valley bottom. The bottom land encompasses over 2,000ft worth of Kickapoo River frontage! This winding river holds a mix of both brown and brook trout. In fact, the region has the second-highest catch rates for brown trout amongst the eight planning regions of the Driftless Area.

Whitetail hunting is truly King in this neighborhood. The current owners don’t hunt, but the immediate area is chocked-full of trophy class whitetail pushing 145” to 160”+. The bottoms provide excellent waterfowl hunting as well as fishing. As I stated prior, this is truly the epitome of an outdoor enthusiasts’ playground!

You may never find another property that offers this much diversity! From blufftops to river land bottoms, this tract is in its own class. Buyers must provide a pre-qualification letter before viewing property and must be accompanied by Licensed Real Estate Agent. For more info, please contact Southwest Wisconsin Land Specialist, Brandon Wikman at 608.403.6003 // or Joe Nawrot at 608.381.1627 //

Make no mistake about it, Joe Nawrot and Brandon Wikman are THE Land Experts of Wisconsin. Ranked #1 in the state of Wisconsin for United Country Real Estate.

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