184 Pondside Drive

Bear Creek, NC 27207
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This spacious luxury home and 12 ac farm is nestled in the Chatham Co. rolling hills. A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits you to own a Périgord truffle farm! Be at the center of this uniquely lucrative industry. You’ll be amazed at the amenities this farm offers, from a salt water pool to a regulation sand volleyball court. Enjoy fresh veggies from the greenhouse and taste sweet peaches from the orchard. Fish the stocked pond, enjoy a bonfire, or take the ATV out of the oversized 2 story garage. Bring your horses or fishing rods to this centrally located farm, 45 min from Raleigh and Greensboro.

Property Summary

Nestled in the serene Chatham County rolling hills is our beautiful 12.3 acre farm. A once in a lifetime affordable opportunity awaits for you to own a Black Périgord truffle farm! The ability to grow these gourmet delicacies in the states is a recent discovery, giving you a chance to be at the center of this lucrative industry, as it is predicted that the production will never meet the demand. You’ll also be amazed at the amenities this farm offers, from a stunning in ground, multi-level, heated salt water pool to a regulation size sand volleyball court. Enjoy fresh vegetables year round from the greenhouse and taste the sweet peaches and pears from the orchard. Relax in the evening fishing the stocked pond, take an ATV out for a ride on a property trail, or enjoy a bonfire at night with your friends. Practice your marksmanship at the covered shooting range and grab a mouthwatering hamburger for lunch afterwards at the local infamous Rufus restaurant only three miles away, where everyone will know your name!

This home boasts ample storage space with the oversized 3 car, 2 story detached garage and large attic storage closet in the home. This spacious 4000 square foot luxury home features a home gym, a craft room, an office, a bonus room, a play room and nursery, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and an open floor plan with the great room, dining room, and kitchen. The updated kitchen has extensive cabinets, granite countertops, new appliances, and a desirable extra-large island. The laundry room, which also serves as the mud room, is equipped with storage cabinets and space for a deep freezer and the spacious master bedroom has a desirable walk in closet to fit any size wardrobe! Hardwood indestructible teak flooring runs throughout most of the house, with tile in the bathrooms and laundry room.

Background and History

We spent a very long time searching the state for the perfect property and finally started house construction in 2007 after finding this unique piece of land in Chatham County. We wanted a property with ample space, rolling hills, secluded but still with neighbors, a small community, and within an easy commute to RTP. This land fits that bill. We are only a 45 minute drive from both Raleigh and Greensboro and situated in the middle of Pittsboro, Siler City, and Sanford. We also have some quaint small historic towns of Goldston and Gulf (hometown of Charlie Daniels) within a few miles, perfect for those late nice ice cream cravings! The home site is atop a hill overlooking beautiful pastures and a pond. We have amazing neighbors that enjoy summer fun with parties, BBQs, holidays, etc. and will drop anything to help out when needed. The tight knit community of Bear Creek is wonderful place to raise children, with nearby schools and festivals or events to always attend. The local high school continues to win awards for their agriculture and nursery program and boasts a championship wrestling program.

Once moved in, we built the barn, put in the pasture fencing and began raising livestock until we stumbled upon the “black gold”. We came across an article about the Black Périgord Truffles that are native to Europe. They grow wild underground around specific types of oaks in certain European regions and people will hunt these truffles with pigs or trained truffle dogs. Not far from our farm, the first Black Périgord Truffle was harvested from a truffle farm in 1992. They had begun experimenting and planting their inoculated trees in the 1980s. These little nuggets are a desirable gourmet treat, not only are they very interesting in how they are grown and harvested, but very lucrative, as the going price for selling is around $1,000 per pound. One acre can produce anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds of truffles. Owning a small farm, loving agriculture, and having a science background, we were enthralled by this new small farming industry. With the industry being so new to the states, we soon found out that the truffle community is a very tight knit community. Several organizations had developed to assist the farmers and nurseries. We were able to meet all the other truffle growers and attend exciting truffle events. We have met amazing people and through great contacts are able to keep up on the new research and breakthroughs made on the knowledge of truffle growing in the United States.

To be successful with growing truffles, the field preparation takes about two years, as the soil pH needs to be between 7.9 and 8.2. The typical Chatham County soil is about a pH of 5.5, so it takes tons of lime (sold Southern States out at one point), a lot of plowing, and a couple years to change the soil pH. We bought 350 Holly Oak and 100 English Oak truffle inoculated trees from a reputable VA farm. Once established, the Oak trees should outlive the farm, creating a business you can pass down through generations! We planted the trees in September of 2011 into three fields. When the trees are young, they need regular care, blue cones to protect from deer, straw around the trees during the cold winter, and sporadic small scale liming. It can take about 8-9 years for the first harvest, which is during the winter months, and then you can harvest each winter, hopefully increasing your production yearly. Unfortunately, as with every venture, it seems you have to fail first to be successful. We had a very harsh winter and all of the Holly Oak trees had died on our farm, along with every other farm that planted them. Luckily, our English Oak field is still thriving! The trees are healthy and hardy, although still very small. This is a wonderful sign, as we want the trees to grow slow and depend on the symbiotic relationship with the truffle spores!

If you decide to venture into this amazing opportunity, you will not need to wait the long 11 year wait! The English Oak trees should be producing in about 2 years and the other two fields, although not planted, should still have a fairly high pH level to plant more trees without the 2 years of field preparation. Also, we will provide you with our research notebook on everything you need to know about truffles, all the history and documentation of our farm and the trees that were planted. Through scientists in the industry, we have developed our own protocol on inoculating the trees with the truffle spores on your own and will provide the confidential and proprietary Standard Operating Procedure on this process to grow your own inoculated trees to plant or even sell your own inoculated trees. We will provide a microscope to show you how to identify a truffle spore on the root of a tree so you can be confident if you plant anymore trees that they are inoculated.

So bring your horses, your fishing rods, or your microscopes out to this tranquil and unique piece of property!

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