Concierge Auctions Successfully Sells Big Step Farm in Farmville, Virginia Prior to Auction Date

115-acre estate bordering the Willis River placed under contract a week before auction

PR Newswire
Sep 13, 2011

FARMVILLE, Va., Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Step Farm, a picturesque, 115-acre estate bordering the Willis River located just minutes from downtown Farmville and an hour from both Richmond and Charlottesville, has gone under contract prior to the September 16th auction date, Concierge Auctions has announced. The $1.575 million sale price is the highest price ever recorded for an independently owned farm in the region, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The sale was conducted in cooperation with Angel McQuade of Sheeran Sotheby's International Realty, who represents both the buyer and the seller in the transaction.

"I thoroughly enjoyed working with Concierge Auctions, as their team helped generate more inquiries about the property in just a few weeks than the farm had received through traditional sale methods. The interest was so great that we were able to secure a record sales price more than a week before the scheduled live auction date," McQuade stated. "We are pleased to have performed for the seller and congratulate the new owners on embracing this tremendous opportunity."

Completed in 2007, Big Step Farm's main residence is a 7,000+ square foot smart home with five bedrooms, and five full and one half bathrooms. Just outside you will find a professionally equipped gym and a half bath, which also duals as a pool bath as it has a separate entrance leading to the outdoor patio. A carriage house boasts a heated and cooled six-bay garage, an elevator and a second floor manager's apartment that consists of a great room, a bedroom, mini-kitchen, full bath and a balcony that overlooks the pool area, riding ring, pastures and gorgeous sunsets. Outdoor enjoyment includes a screened-in porch, backyard terrace, saltwater self-chlorinating gunite pool, and covered outdoor kitchen. The grounds include a garden shed, outdoor arena, wooden six stall barn offering a wash and tack room, hay loft and a half bath. There is also a huge equipment storage shed and separate heated shop with professional lift, work tables, and half bath.

"Following our recent sale of the Merritt-Hutchinson estate in nearby Lynch Station, VA, which also went under contract prior to auction, Concierge Auctions has once again proven itself as the leading auctioneer of premier properties nationwide," stated Laura Brady, Vice President of Marketing for Concierge Auctions. "The auction deadline forces serious buyers to step forward. In the case of Big Step Farm, the buyer was so interested in owning the property that he didn't want to risk losing it. This was a win-win for everyone involved."

In six weeks Concierge Auctions' exposure campaign generated over 150 qualified buyer prospects and over 2,000 visits to the auction website.

Big Step Farm is located in Cannon Farms, only minutes from downtown Farmville, 45 minutes from Lynchburg and one hour from both Richmond and Charlottesville. There is a private airport less than 10 miles away, and golfers can enjoy two quality courses nearby - the Manor Golf Club, chosen as one of the "Best New Golf Courses of 2007" by Golf Digest Magazine, and Farmville Municipal Golf Course, only 10 minutes from Big Step. Holiday State Park is also mere minutes away and the property is in close proximity to several universities including Longwood University (11 miles), Hampden Sydney College (16 miles) and an accredited prep school.

Concierge Auctions is currently accepting applications from luxury sellers nationwide with premier, storied properties. For more information about Concierge Auctions and its services call 888-966-4759 or visit

About Concierge Auctions: Concierge Auctions is the preeminent luxury real estate auction firm serving high-end sellers nationwide through an accelerated marketing process that obtains fair market value for high-end properties in a 60-day timeframe. As a preferred auction partner to Sotheby's International Realty® and other luxury brokerage firms nationwide, the company has executed auctions from New York to Hawaii and hosts a database that includes more than 100,000 luxury real estate buyers and agents from all 50 states and 38 countries and territories. The principals of Concierge Auctions have been involved in the transfer of more than $2 billion in luxury real estate sales over the past 10 years. For more information, call 888-966-4759 or visit

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