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The Washington Post Explores The Magic Of Living Near A National Park

By Amanda Lybeck |

A recent print and digital edition of The Washington Post asks, “have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up to such a breathtaking landscape every day?” To answer the question, Kathy Orton of The Post looks at 12 homes for sale near national parks around the U.S. and turns to Leslie Bergman, owner of Spring Lakes Farm, whose residence is currently listed with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broker Sue Eller.

“You never tire of it,” Bergman told The Post. “The experience of living here is something much larger than ourselves, and we always wake with a sense of wonder and awe, which has never diminished.”

Rich in history, the property was originally homesteaded in 1894 and the Bergman’s have provided stewardship sensitive to the farm’s history. As the article describes, the Bergman’s “practice sustainable farming techniques, raising free-range chickens and beef cattle and growing vegetables in ways that protect the environment. They purposefully built their pastures to create byways for a herd of Roosevelt elk that regularly traverse their property.”

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Spring Lakes Farm shines throughout the seasons

Opportunities abound over 184 acres comprised of forest, pastureland, wetlands, ponds, and a stream with deeded water rights, and Bergman notes the recreation just steps from the farm’s front door: wild rivers and glacial peaks, mountains and beaches. Seasonal activities include “hiking, camping, skiing, beachcombing and kayaking,” among others.

“It’s really difficult to convey in words what it is like to live out here,” added Bergman. “There’s so much going on out here that makes it a wonderful place to live and I think that has contributed to our quality of life. I wouldn’t have traded this period of my life for anything else.”

Read the full Washington Post feature >>

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